BREAKING: Seattle Mayor Plans to Dismantle CHOP After Weekend Shootings

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A sign on a street barricade lists some of the demands of protesters in what has been named the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest zone in Seattle, Monday, June 22, 2020. For the second time in less than 48 hours, there was a shooting near the “CHOP” area that has been occupied by protesters after Seattle Police pulled back from several blocks of the city’s Capitol Hill neighborhood near the Police Department’s East Precinct building. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

This past weekend’s violence in which three people were shot, one fatally, was apparently too much even for Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, who’s been wholly sympathetic to the group inhabiting the festering sore that’s been infecting a section of her city’s downtown. Heronner has announced that the city will attempt to dismantle the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest or CHOP over the next few days, though how she intends to accomplish that isn’t clear.

The CHOP, in which at least some are armed, won’t likely take too well to being told that they have to exit the ostensibly autonomous zone and return to the United States. Particularly if that means possibly facing charges for any crimes that may have been committed during their extended “block party.”

As seattlepi.com reports, the CHOPpers want a chance to fix what’s wrong inside their collective utopia:

“We would like to acknowledge that no organizations, protests, or revolutions are perfect,” wrote the group. “We must all be willing to collectively learn and react quickly to mistakes made within our movement. We do not want to see what was started with the intention of lifting the BLM message destroyed before us all.”

Will their attempts at reform be enough of a fig leaf for Durkan to decide to give them another chance? If you’ve been munching popcorn, watching this social experiment in urban chaos unfold, don’t put your popper away just yet. Here’s the AP’s report on the latest developments:

By Gene Johnson, AP

Faced with growing pressure to crack down on an “occupied” protest zone following two weekend shootings, Seattle’s mayor said Monday that officials will move to wind down the blocks-long span of city streets taken over two weeks ago that President Donald Trump asserted is run by “anarchists.”

Mayor Jenny Durkan said at a news conference that the violence was distracting from changes sought by thousands of peaceful protesters seeking to address racial inequity and police brutality. She said the city is working with the community to bring the “Capitol Hill Occupied Protest” zone to an end.

“The cumulative impacts of the gatherings and protests and the nighttime atmosphere and violence has led to increasingly difficult circumstances for our businesses and residents,” Durkan said. “The impacts have increased and the safety has decreased.”

A shooting Sunday night was the second in less than 48 hours at the edge of the zone, named for the Capitol Hill neighborhood near downtown that emerged during nationwide protests over the police killing of George Floyd.

The 17-year-old victim, who was shot in the arm, declined to speak with detectives, police said. Gunfire early Saturday left a 19-year-old man dead and another person critically wounded. It was not apparent if the shootings had anything to do with the protest.

Protesters cordoned off the several-block area, known as CHOP, near a police station after clashes with officers. Seattle riot squads unleashed tear gas, pepper spray and flash-bangs on large crowds of mostly peaceful protesters, drawing condemnation from many city leaders and a federal court order temporarily banning the use of the weapons on demonstrators.

After police largely abandoned the East Precinct building, protesters took over the area — with demonstrators painting a large “Black Lives Matter” mural on the street, handing out free food, playing music and planting a community garden. Its existence incensed Trump, who criticized Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, both Democrats.

Peacefulness has prevailed during the day. On Monday, people lounged on the turf at a park, while volunteers handed out food, water and toiletries. Artists painted designs on wooden barricades, and a few candles burned in front of a sign on the police precinct listing people killed by officer.

At night, however, the atmosphere becomes more charged, with demonstrators marching and openly armed volunteer guards keeping watch. Among the demands are calls to shift funding for police to community health or other social justice causes.

Durkan said she planned to announce a plan Monday for addressing public safety in the area.

“After days of peaceful demonstrations, two nights of shootings have clearly escalated the situation on Capitol Hill,” Durkan’s office said in a statement. “We have been meeting with residents and small business owners to address their safety and disorder concerns, including the ability of first responders to access emergencies in the area. … As many community groups are also urging, (the) Mayor believes individuals can and should peacefully demonstrate, but the message cannot be lost in the violence.”

Volunteer medics inside the zone brought the victims of Saturday’s shooting to the hospital rather than wait for the police and fire departments, who were preparing to respond before entering.

Demonstrators who had marched to the West Precinct police building downtown were returning to the zone when Sunday night’s shooting occurred, police said. The 17-year-old was treated and released from the hospital and wouldn’t speak with police, the department said. Investigators urged anyone with information to come forward.

Andre Taylor, who founded of the anti-police-shooting organization Not This Time! after his brother was killed by Seattle police in 2016, said Monday that he had warned protest organizers that the city would need to retake the area because of the violence.

“That CHOP area is attracting this kind of activity and it’s unsafe,” Taylor said in a Facebook video. “I told them, ‘All those people that were supporting you guys, they’re going to start walking away from you, especially all those white people that were following you. … They don’t want to be associated with any part of that violence.”

Former U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, a Republican who previously served as sheriff in the county where Seattle is located, also called on the city to take back control.

“Elected officials have abandoned the rule of law and their oath to protect and defend our communities,” he wrote in an opinion piece for Washington State Wire, a website devoted to state political news. “They have abandoned their law-abiding citizens and have been cowardly bullied into surrendering the East Precinct – and multiple city blocks.”

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  1. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

    Snort.

    Yea, this is going to go well. Just who is the mayor going to get to do this for her? Social workers?

    1. avatar Green Mtn. Boy says:

      This should go well,I predict a fire to rival Waco.
      The summer of Love goes up in flame.

      1. avatar Tim says:

        Durka-Durka-Durkan mohammed jihad!
        (sorry – couldn’t help myself)

        1. avatar Sam I Am says:

          “Durka-Durka-Durkan mohammed jihad!”

          Aloha Snackbar !!!

        2. avatar enuf says:

          “Aloha Snackbar !!!”

          Funny you mention it, I was in a Sam’s Club today and saw they are reopening the snack bar. They limit what they sell, no pizza by the slice but yes to buying a full size in the box. Hot dogs okay but no condiments are out yet. Just stuff to take someplace that they don’t have to handle much.

          So yeah, it’s beginning to be “Hello Snack Bar!!!” again at Sam’s.

          Coincidence …..

        3. avatar Sam I Am says:

          “Coincidence …..”

          Coincidence is 24hrs in a day, 24 bottles in a case of beer.

        4. avatar BusyBeef says:

          there is literally a protein bar at Trader Joe’s called Aloha.

          Which I refer to as the Aloha Snackbar.

          They’re delicious.

      2. avatar Napresto says:

        In soviet CHAZ, authorities shoot up you.

    2. avatar Reason says:

      I better get more popcorn. This should be entertaining.

      1. avatar Klaus Von Schmitto says:

        And here I am, absolutely detesting popcorn. Those fuckers at work who burn the microwave popcorn I literally want to shoot.

        1. avatar Sam I Am says:

          “Those … at work who burn the microwave popcorn I literally want to shoot.”

          Had a temporary solution at an office….remove the rotating tray/plate. food containers could still be cooked, but popcorn was a whole ‘nuther problem. The fix lasted two months, then management got involved and threatened to remove the microwave unless the rotating tray was replaced; no budget for a new tray/microwave. Fortunately, shortly after returning the tray, I went to a new job.

        2. avatar MADDMAXX says:

          microwave & popcorn?

    3. avatar Ranger Rick says:

      Would anyone with Seattle P.D. seriously want to function as Mayor Jenny Durkan’s (D) muscle to take back the CHOP? It’s clear that the ineffectual Police Chief Carmen Best doesn’t have the officer’s backs and King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg would like nothing more than to prosecute a few officers.

      Going into CHOP is a fool’s errand.

    4. avatar PMinFl says:

      I’ll see it when I believe it, big plan?

      1. avatar MADDMAXX says:

        I’ll see it when I believe it, big plan?
        Here it is…..
        CHOP organizers have delivered the final blow to the two-week-long protest in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, asking the remaining protesters to please pack up and leave, and announcing that the “mission” of CHOP is shifting to its “next phase.”

        Fox News reports that in a statement addressed to “comrades in the struggle,” CHOP organizers and at least one anti-police brutality activist ordered CHOP residents to vacate the six-block “autonomous zone” and return home in order to engage more fully in the “next phase” of CHOP’s activism — a phase that will be mostly online, safe from the looming threat of gun violence that has dogged the CHOP for the last several days.

        “The CHOP project is now concluded,” the note from leaders said. “While we expect a very small handful of holdouts may try to remain in the CHOP no further organizing will be occurring to support this presence and the number on-site will be too small to be more than an annoyance for pedestrians rather than a zonal blockade.”

  2. avatar 41mag says:

    Drone footage.

    1. avatar RGP says:

      That statement is absolutely hilarious.

    2. avatar eagle10 says:

      We need multiple camera angles, slow motion, and play by play (shot by shot) coverage. This could be a new sport emerging. The CHOP/CHAZ games coming to a city near you. Ticket sales will follow.

  3. avatar Sam I Am says:

    Cowards. The mob couldn’t face “the brave new world”. Now let’s see if they can face the music.

    1. avatar Felix says:

      It’s so precious that they demand time to work out the kinks, but refuse to allow the current system the same opportunity.

      Was it Lenin who remarked that you have to break a few eggs to make an omelet? And George Orwell who asked where the omelet was.

      1. avatar Geoff "Guns. LOTS of guns..." PR says:

        “Was it Lenin who remarked that you have to break a few eggs to make an omelet? And George Orwell who asked where the omelet was.”

        By sheer coincidence, George Orwell is back in the news today :

        “Russia to Install ‘Orwell’ Facial Recognition Tech in Every School – Vedomosti”

        https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/16/russia-to-install-orwell-facial-recognition-tech-in-every-school-vedomosti-a70585

      2. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

        It was actually Walter Duranty, nicknamed “Stalin’s Mouthpiece.” He was a reporter for the NY Times in Russia.

        The NY Times won a Pulitzer for Duranty’s reporting, which included cover-ups of monstrous acts by Stalin, including the Holmodor.

        Fake News is not a new thing. The NY Times is so good at it because they’ve been at it for so long.

    2. avatar Eric Swalwell says:

      Good thing we gave them all that Koolaid. Maybe they’ll put it to good use. We can’t afford them to get violent against the leftist Democrats running Seattle and destroy the constructed narrative we’ve been building….. maybe the news can ignore it for us.

      Eric Swalwell 2020

  4. avatar Dennis says:

    Guarantee she’ll be callin the White House demanding financial assistance! Anyone doubt it?

    1. avatar Dude says:

      I shouldn’t have to fund her failures. Let her raise local taxes if she needs the money. I’m sure that will go over well since the protesters won’t be paying it.

    2. avatar Darkman says:

      Honestly I believe this is why the President has been so hands off on the whole situation nation wide. Give the populace a mouth full of the alternative and see how it tastes.

      1. avatar Sam I Am says:

        “Give the populace a mouth full of the alternative and see how it tastes.”

        I understand the hope for elegant irony here, but all these riots were/are Trump’s fault. Can’t see the media not stampeding the mob to blame Trump for the start, and the hands-off approach leading to more chaos.

        1. avatar MADDMAXX says:

          and the hands-off approach leading to more chaos.

          I think the Constitution pretty much covers Trump and the “hands off approach” Oh that’s right the “Progressive Liberals” don’t have any use for that outdated piece of garbage…. and how the fuck are these riots laid at Trumps feet? More moronic libtard bullshit…

        2. avatar Sam I Am says:

          “Oh that’s right the “Progressive Liberals” don’t have any use for that outdated piece of garbage…”

          The Progressive Liberals are irretrievably mentally disturbed; nothing alters their thinking.

        3. avatar Darkman says:

          Only hot lead.

        4. avatar Sam I Am says:

          “Only hot lead.”

          Gotta admit here, I am not one for encouraging civil war (#3), but I refuse to defend known leftists from deadly assault.

        5. avatar Miner49er says:

          The root cause of the protesters is the inability of America’s government over the years to provide true equality under the law to all the citizens regardless of their ethnicity, national origin or religion.

          Trump has encouraged hate between the various groups, he utilizes the chaos in order to destabilize American society, all for fun and profit.

          But his supporters would have it no other way:

          “A woman decked out in one of President Donald Trump’s signature “Make America Great Again” caps waved a Confederate flag at a Black Lives Matter protest in Branson, Missouri, on Sunday while she praised the Ku Klux Klan and vowed to teach hate to her grandchildren. 
          “I’m teaching them to fuckin’ hate all of you people,” the woman, identified by the Springfield News-Leader as Kathy Bennett, said Sunday evening. “I will teach my grandkids to hate you all.”  
          She spoke from the bed of a pickup, then climbed up into it to wave the flag, raise a fist and call out, “KKK belief!”

        6. avatar jwtaylor says:

          Miner, sounds like someone you’d get along well with, another divisive, unAmerican piece of shit, just like you.
          Remember when you said officer Gerald Goines was a white cop? Remember when you, over and over again, said he could pass for white, even after being shown his picture? Remember when you lied, again and again, and said his photo was altered and you confused him for white?
          Oh, wait, remember when you said white people have done nothing other than seek to enslave blacks, but then you had to admit that hundreds of thousands of whites died to free them from slavery?
          Oh wait, remember when you gave examples of cops killing unarmed blacks, but they happened to be two examples of people who had toy guns, one of which was modified to look real, and they were pointing them at people who thought they were going to kill them? Remember all that?
          Probably not, since you lie constantly. You can’t even tell what the truth is anymore.

    3. avatar Craig in IA says:

      “Guarantee she’ll be callin the White House demanding financial assistance! ”

      Actually, she should put up bleachers and charge $10 per admission for spectators to watch the fun, along with Pay O+Per View nation-wide.

  5. avatar Wayne says:

    Get ready for CHOP or what they call it today, to burn six blocks. I feel sorry for the residents living there. Maybe this has woken them up to the reality of the liberals and word spreads.

  6. avatar Jimmy Beam says:

    It’ll be absolutely hilarious when she fails to clear the rabble using social workers and community organizers. I can’t wait!

    1. avatar gene says:

      Maybe if they take a knee and beg? Shine shoes?

  7. avatar RGP says:

    Question, why are they being fed, and who’s feeding them?

    1. avatar Cruzo1981 says:

      Exactly…

    2. avatar Southern Cross says:

      Are the community kitchens being provided by looted supplies?

      1. avatar Sam I Am says:

        “Are the community kitchens being provided by looted supplies?”

        No. Early on they complained that the homeless stole all the looted items.

  8. avatar Keith Pallo says:

    None of those elected officials in Seattle will face the wrath of the voters because there won’t be any of any consequence as they are all alike in that City!! If a Just look at what happens to those western states that have had an influx of California people who don’t like what they created so they are moving out to try again doing the same crap!!! Any of those “comrades leave Seattle they will bring their poison votes to wherever they go.

  9. avatar Warwolf says:

    It would be easy to clear out the area and take it over. A couple mounted mini guns on trucks. Saturate the crowd with 6000 rounds a minute of .308. Call the Mexicans wanting to be citizens to clean up the mess. Win win situation. I should be mayor of Seattle. Not that weak liberal bitch that reeks of incompetence.

    1. avatar RGP says:

      You’ve got a dozen of my mail in votes, but I don’t live there, so you’ll have to run as a democrat.

    2. avatar Miner49er says:

      Your plan sounds very similar to what this gentleman had planned, but I think this example of ‘very fine people’ had a slightly different target in mind.

      “ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
      Monday, June 22, 2020
      U.S. Army Soldier Charged with Terrorism Offenses for Planning Deadly Ambush on Service Members in His Unit

      U.S. Army Private Ethan Melzer Sent Sensitive U.S. Military Information to Members of a Neo-Nazi Group in an Attempt to Facilitate a “Mass Casualty” Attack on Melzer’s Army Unit

      The Department of Justice announced today the unsealing of an indictment charging Ethan Melzer, 22, of Louisville, Kentucky, for allegedly planning an attack on his U.S. Army unit by sending sensitive details about the unit – including information about its location, movements, and security – to members of an extremist organization named Order of the Nine Angles (O9A), an occult-based neo-Nazi and white supremacist group. Melzer is charged with conspiring and attempting to murder U.S. nationals, conspiring and attempting to murder military service members, providing and attempting to provide material support to terrorists, and conspiring to murder and maim in a foreign country. The FBI and the U.S. Army thwarted Melzer’s plot in late-May 2020, and the FBI arrested Melzer on June 10, 2020. The case is assigned to U.S. District Judge Gregory Woods.“

      White supremacist, neo Nazi… I wonder just who it was in his unit he had targeted, I bet it wasn’t his fellow Aryans…

      1. avatar jwm says:

        No. Not whites. His antifa buddies like to cause problems for non whites. Burn down their neighborhoods and loot their stores under the guise of social justice. Quite the racket you and him have going there, miner.

        That and you’re a supporter of the margaret sanger plan of genocide for the poc.

        1. avatar Miner49er says:

          Will you know, trump’s DOJ says he is a neo-Nazi and white supremacist so I expect his targets were POC, as you put it.

          Or, Trump and Attorney General Barr are part of the conspiracy as well!

      2. avatar Ron says:

        Miner you’ve been widely discredited on this blog by multiple people. You are a joke.

        For the record, the above incident you’ve conveniently left out the guy also tried to turn information over to Al Queda, and that Neo Nazi group actually is allied to Islamic Terror organizations. Nazi ideology frequently runs alongside many extremist Islamic ideals.

        And it took place in Britain. The Nazi group in question is a British group.

        1. avatar I Haz A Question says:

          Don’t fret too much over Miner and his comments. He’s only 12.

        2. avatar Miner49er says:

          I’m not sure what your point is?

          No question, the ‘very fine people’ of the neo-Nazis and white supremacist movement are indeed working with Al-Qaeda and other Muslim extremist terrorists.

          That’s why it’s very difficult to understand why Donald Trump would support these extremists, calling those who march with torches on the streets of America, chanting ‘Jews will not replace us’, “very fine people“.

        3. avatar MADDMAXX says:

          calling those who march with torches on the streets of America, chanting ‘Jews will not replace us’, “very fine people“.

          Shove your MSM talking points up your ass (if you can find room around your head)… You know damn well what Trump said AND what he meant.. There were more than just racist white supremacist and idiot Marxist anarchists at that “rally”.. Trump has NEVER advocated for white supremacists and dumb ass sheep like you that keep repeating the MSNBC and Clinton News Network distortions are exactly the problem with this country and the reason there is such vile hatred for a president who has done more to make the lives of ALL citizens better than most of those who came before him.. Fortunately I, like millions of Americans, watched Trumps remarks live and are in a position to use actual “facts over (your) truth” to discredit your bullshit… God I miss Vlad…

        4. avatar tdiinva says:

          You know that meme has been debunked, right. He excluded Antifa and the Nazis from the fine people. You can check that out on YouTube. The left hates Jews but I guess they hate them for the right reason, eh?

        5. avatar MADDMAXX says:

          The left hates Jews but I guess they hate them for the right reason, eh

          Hmmmm, but THEY are THEM… self hatred??

        6. avatar Miner49er says:

          It seems this Trump supporter received her marching orders, loud and clear:

          “A woman decked out in one of President Donald Trump’s signature “Make America Great Again” caps waved a Confederate flag at a Black Lives Matter protest in Branson, Missouri, on Sunday while she praised the Ku Klux Klan and vowed to teach hate to her grandchildren. 
          “I’m teaching them to fuckin’ hate all of you people,” the woman, identified by the Springfield News-Leader as Kathy Bennett, said Sunday evening. “I will teach my grandkids to hate you all.”  
          She spoke from the bed of a pickup, then climbed up into it to wave the flag, raise a fist and call out, “KKK belief!”

        7. avatar MADDMAXX says:

          “I’m teaching them to fuckin’ hate all of you people,” the woman, identified by the Springfield News-Leader as Kathy Bennett, said Sunday evening. “I will teach my grandkids to hate you all.”

          The ignorant WHITE racist bitch shouts to a crowd of ignorant BLACK racists who have been teaching THEIR children to hate the white devil for decades/centuries…. NEWSFLASH, there are racists in the world, there are white racists, black racists, Asian racists, Muslim racists, Republican racists, Democratic racists, libertarian racists, female racists, male racists, non-binary racists, gay racists, lesbian racists, Trump supporting racists and yes GASP even Biden supporting racists… So what’s your fucking point Miner? I know you’re pushing the narrative that she is a Trump supporter but that doesn’t conflate to Trump supporting her.. Nice try though…

        8. avatar Miner49er says:

          MADAMMAX,

          You are correct, there are many racist folks in every group out there.

          But there is one particular group of racists who conducted a war, killing thousands of their countrymen, to continue the enslavement of another group.

          Strangely, the symbols of this particular group are still celebrated and venerated today, often occupying a place of honor on the public square.

          And there’s the rub.

        9. avatar MADDMAXX says:

          But there is one particular group of racists who conducted a war, killing thousands of their countrymen, to continue the enslavement of another group.

          Educate yourself before you make YOU look more foolish than you already have…
          https://medium.com/@jonathanusa/everything-you-know-about-the-civil-war-is-wrong-9e94f0118269

        10. avatar Miner49er says:

          Thanks for including the citation for this interesting article, it’s always good to read opposing viewpoints.

          “Remember that slave labor practices of the South contrasted greatly with the industries of the North. Without slave labor, most Southern plantations wouldn’t have survived; there simply weren’t enough workers. Slavery was inextricably linked to the South.
          While the issue of slavery was, in fact, a primary concern for the South, the secessionist movement began decades before the Civil War.”

          Regarding the reasons for war, your article has footnote 2, regarding the orders of succession, and comments about the cause of secession:

          “The first seven seceding states, all of the Deep South, were motivated mainly by two factors: the election in November 1860 of Abraham Lincoln, who had no support among Southern voters, and the perceived direct threat to slavery his election posed.
          The next four states to secede also were motivated by the same two factors, but a third and decisive factor was the Federal policy of coercion, or using military force to preserve the Union by compelling the earlier seceding states to submit.”

          No mention of tariffs or taxation, just Lincoln and slavery as the motivations to leave the union in an open rebellion.

          It is interesting that the article you cite somehow glosses over the fact that South Carolina had ceded fort Sumter to the federal government in 1836. Resupplying fort Sumter was, in no way, tantamount to a declaration of war on the south. When the south attacked fort Sumter, they were attacking the union.

          “As Alexis de Tocqueville observed in Democracy in America, “the prejudice of the race appears to be stronger in the States which have abolished slavery, than in those where it still exists; and nowhere is it so intolerant as in those States where servitude has never been known.”

          This is really interesting, our friend Alex here somehow misses the facts of reality.

          To suggest that the casual prejudice of individuals in the free states is somehow worse than the government enforced slavery of millions of blacks in the south is hilarious.

          Some of the comments in response to the article you cite are informative:

          “A major problem with Charles Adam’s thesis is that Southerners have spent the last 160 years arguing that the Civil War was all about states rights. They also wrapped it up in honor and Calvinist religion. I’ve never heard a peep about Antebellum tariff policies in any of the Civil War discussions I’ve either participated in or read. I am not disparaging his research, but he views that era through the lens of his special interest: taxation and economics. I am reminded of Marx: although sometimes insightful, with Hegel for his hallucinogen, he misunderstood much. There are so many more lenses available to us that are crucial to a full spectrum view than ‘economics’ alone provides.”

          “I’ll end by commending to you and other readers ‘Apostles of Disunion’ by the Southern historian Charles B Dew who views the genesis of the Civil War in an entirely different light. To wit, it’s the slavery, stupid. Dew contradicts several of your [and Adam’s] points. I find it interesting that my born-and-bred Tar Heel friends here in North Carolina agree with Dew.”

          And the article your cite is factually incorrect, as the comment below shows, the article you cite is repeating confederate propaganda from 1861:

          “The Morrill Tariff passed March 2, 1861, after seven southern states had seceded, and only because their Senators had abandoned their posts. The secession caused the tariff, not the other way ‘round.

          Mr. Dickens had been misinformed, by Confederate leaders, of the date of passage. That’s how far back this lie goes. This article repeats Confederate propaganda *from 1861*.
          (We’re in the general vicinity of “But really WWII was complicated because of Polish attacks on ethnic Germans in West Prussia”.)
          All southern states that described *any* reason for seceding described slavery as their reason. Georgia complained about lighthouse funding and Texas wanted the feds to murder more Comanche, but a couple of sentences aside, the southern states were excruciatingly clear that they left the union for the sole and exclusive purpose of retaining slavery. The fact that *Lincoln* said that he wasn’t trying to free the slaves is of no consequence; it’s “presentist” to assume that southern leaders were responding to what contemporary neo-Confederates think Lincoln was, rather than to what they thought Lincoln was.”

          The comment below is on point, and cites the irrefutable fact that the confederate leadership clearly stated the calls for the Civil War:

          “Don’t believe the States themselves? Here is what the VP of the Confederacy said
          “The new Constitution has put at rest forever all the agitating questions relating to our peculiar institutions — African slavery as it exists among us — the proper status of the negro in our form of civilization. This was the immediate cause of the late rupture and present revolution.”

    3. avatar R. Corrino says:

      I hear that if this situation is not resolved by July 4, meaning if they don’t disband CHAZ , various biker gangs will go in and retake that portion of Seattle. I do not know if this is true or not but that would be interesting

  10. avatar MADDMAXX says:

    WTF!! I got ALL this popcorn for nothing? Well, good thing I really like popcorn

    1. avatar Survivordude1090 says:

      It ain’t over yet! This is just a “plan”. And you know what they say about plans meeting enemies.

      Keep your beer cold, I think the climactic season finale is coming.

    2. avatar Sam I Am says:

      “WTF!! I got ALL this popcorn for nothing? Well, good thing I really like popcorn.”

      Could come in handy when “the clearing” starts.

    3. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

      Chillax, Brosephus!

      That mayor has few clues about how these things play out. Her running of the city is obviously quite well disconnected from reality. Her plans are probably going to run into a snag… or three.

      Keep the beer cold and the popping corn dry. I suspect you’ll have several opportunities to enjoy them to the fullest…

  11. avatar WI Patriot says:

    Yeah, sure…should’ve handled it from the very beginning, now they’re dug in…

    1. avatar Napresto says:

      I wouldn’t be too worried about that. I’ve seen the pictures of their garden. I know how well they dig.

      1. avatar MADDMAXX says:

        You mean dumping a bag of potting soil on the ground and sticking a plant in it is NOT gardening?

        1. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

          I know, right?

          It’s like college taught all these children a whole bunch of things that aren’t so.

          They might think about asking for a refund.

        2. avatar Sam I Am says:

          “It’s like college taught all these children a whole bunch of things that aren’t so.”

          Hold on, hold on. Mike Bloomberg isn’t completely stupid, ignorant and unaware. He told us all the truth. All that is needed for a robust farming crop is throwing seed on dirt, and adding water. Don’t even have to manage, just wait for the sun, and collect your marketable crop of whatever. I’ve been to a farm. Seed on dirt, add water and viola, you got a crop. Took about, I don’t know, some sorta time. When I went back to the farm, there was stacked all along the side of the farm house, and people were jumping out of cars to buy it. It’s like magic, I tell you. Magic.

  12. avatar Roger J says:

    Dissolve the summer of love? The beloved Seattle block party? The spaghetti dinners? Shame on this tyrannical wench. It was her opportunity to showcase the superiority of her city and she’s calling it quits after a few shootings and murders?

    1. avatar Napresto says:

      She doesn’t seem to understand that The fulfillment of international communism Requires WAY more than just one or two shootings. Get with the program, lady!

  13. avatar MADDMAXX says:

    Now if Brillo head in Chiraq could get that mindset and turn the South Side into a livable part of the city… Hahaaaahaaha.. just kidding…

  14. avatar Matt in Oklahoma says:

    She’ll hang her officers out to dry if they do what’s needed. There is no way I’d work for her or any of them other snowflakes in the system

    1. avatar MADDMAXX says:

      No, she won’t use her PD… She will call Trump, let him nationalize the National Guard and then throw all the blame on him when some snowflake gets hurt…

  15. avatar DrDKW says:

    Sleepless in Somalia in Seattle!

    1. avatar Sam I Am says:

      “Sleepless in Somalia in Seattle!”

      Sleepless in Somaliattle ?

      1. avatar B says:

        LoL. INSOMNIA in SOMALIA. or Sleepless in Shitalley.

  16. avatar cgray says:

    Can’t the Marxist kiddos just shout “Wolverines!!!!” or some such shit?

    1. avatar tdiinva says:

      You remind me of a guy on the Federalist in 2016 who kept asking how many SCOTUS judges Hillary was going to get to appoimt. How did that work out for him?

  17. avatar Sam I Am says:

    “…and her hippie bullsh!t”.

    Calling her statements, policies and pronouncements “hippy bullsh!t” is really unfair to bulls.

    1. avatar DinWA says:

      …and sh!t.
      Actual manure is useful!

  18. avatar Dude says:

    What an absolute failure of a mayor, and just like when they gave permission to riot, they’ve given permission to taking over police stations and letting the kids make their own zone out of property they don’t own. These kids are wannabe colonists.

    1. avatar Darkman says:

      How can they be something they’ve never heard of. More like Hitler Youth.

    2. avatar Southern Cross says:

      I thought the Soviet equivalent were the Young Pioneers.

  19. avatar GunnyGene says:

    Assuming the eviction is successful, ya gotta wonder where the evictee’s will set up shop next. They sure won’t be going to jail – not in Seattle.

  20. avatar Ron says:

    This… is gonna be good…

  21. avatar Keyword Spam says:

    There’s no way this is going to end without violence. Seattle is going to be the opener, not the finale. The Seattle PD will be sent in to break it up. The locals WILL resist. Someone WILL open fire. And then a whole lot of people are going to die. Doesn’t matter which side shoots first. Seattle is going to be a warzone.

    Here it is, folks. The beginning of the end. The nation is coming apart at the seams, and the powers that be, whether due to ineptitude or malice, are allowing it. It’s said “Hard times make strong men. Strong men make good times. Good times make weak men. Weak men make hard times.” We’ve had a couple generations of weak men. Here come the hard times.

    1. avatar Buff cousin Elroy says:

      Lol naw that wont happen. Its just a bunch of homeless bums and addicts down there.

  22. avatar enuf says:

    This link should give you the open letter the activists put out:
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EbB-NS9VAAA5trt?format=jpg

    Since it’s an image, I can’t quote the text and do not care to re-type it for them. Besides, they insist on spelling “folks” as “folx”, so screw ’em if they can’t spell THAT BADLY … or have to spell that POLITICALLY.

    I’m a tired, grumpy old white guy who still has to work for a living and will likely die on the job as a my form of retirement. And yet I agree there’s serious problems in policing.

    But taking over a chunk of a big city and declaring it autonomous from the USA? Or even just from the State it is in?

    Hell no. That crap should have been halted at first blush. Countless innocent citizens are suffering serious harm from this excessive behavior. Business owners and their employees for example. People needing to work to earn the money to pay their bills, feed themselves and their families. Pay their rents and mortgages and the kid’s orthodontia or even things more serious.

    Social justice that harms other people as collateral damage ain’t social justice.

    1. avatar Sam I Am says:

      “Social justice that harms other people as collateral damage ain’t social justice.”

      Oh, but it is. Social justice is revenge, in all its forms.

      1. avatar enuf says:

        For the hard core assholes, yeah I agree with that.

        Then there are the ones who see themselves only as kind, gentle, caring and a whole lot smarter than anybody else. Thus, incapable of causing unintentional harm to anybody.

        1. avatar Sam I Am says:

          “Thus, incapable of causing unintentional harm to anybody.”

          Except “deplorables”. These kind, gentle spirits have already justified violence as a reasonable response to being driven ’round the bend by people who won’t come along.

      2. avatar Southern Cross says:

        No, it is Socialist Justice.

        1. avatar Well Armed says:

          Social justice is PURE BS more crap brought to you by the moronic left. If you believe in social justice your brain is just like crazy uncle Joe’s,( been useless most of your life)

    2. avatar Ron says:

      If it makes you feel any better, at the rate things are going you probably won’t die at work.

      You’ll probably die in a field tending to your crops, as we’re all about to be farmers soon after western civilization crumbles.

      On a positive note, there will be less shit in your food to contribute to heart disease, so you could live longer this way, if you can manage to avoid a bad injury and subsequent infection. Clean all injuries the best you can.

      1. avatar enuf says:

        Curiously, as a younger person I was good at gardening. In fact, when I dropped out of High School to pursue an education with which I could build a decent working life, the one thing I took from that school was a big thick textbook on gardening.

        Stole it I did. Told my mother about it, she thought it meager compensation and kept it for years and referred to its pages frequently.

        Mom was big on gardening. First house I bought her, back yard was lush and full of veggies and shade trees.

        Oh well.

    3. avatar Miner49er says:

      “But taking over a chunk of a big city and declaring it autonomous from the USA? Or even just from the State it is in?

      Hell no. That crap should have been halted at first blush.”

      Of course, if that’s done by slaveowning racist both breaking Confederates, then it’s just an American tradition.

      1. avatar Someone says:

        Only someone like you can compare secession of several States declared by their elected governments to occupation of six city blocks by bunch of socialist “protesters”.

      2. avatar GluteusMaximus says:

        There is something broken in your mind. What you are fighting against does not exist. Please, I encourage you to leave your house and actually meet people

      3. avatar frank speak says:

        seem to recall that didn’t end well…

    4. avatar Miner49er says:

      “so screw ’em if they can’t spell THAT BADLY … “

      Yep, it is weird that the same political party that demands everyone “speak English because this is America!” is led by a guy who can’t even spell the most basic words in this language.

      “Donald J. Trump
      @realDonaldTrump

      WOW! The Trump Rally gives
      ‪@FoxNews‬
      the “LARGEST SATURDAY NIGHT AUDIENCE IN ITS !”

      1. avatar Ned Pepper says:

        Bell Curve

  23. avatar ROBERT POWELL says:

    the lickers and suckers want the police to clean up her mess BUT THE POLICE WILL BE SUBJECT TO CHARGES IF THEY ACCIDENTLY ENDUP KILLING ONE OF THE POOR SOULS THAT ARE HEAVILY ARMED WITHM16’S…

  24. avatar No one of consequence says:

    The longer you let stuff like this go in, the harder it is to end.

    This should be interesting.

    1. avatar No one of consequence says:

      On, not in. Sigh.

    2. avatar Mark H says:

      No. It’s not hard to end. Stop feeding them. They are in the middle of a concrete jungle.

  25. avatar Clone Reagan says:

    Glad to see the Dupek finally gets it.

  26. avatar Aaron Walker says:

    Yup, just what the article said. Its because of White people….(re: Bwhahaha…!)
    Yeah, okay…The usual blame white people who are are supporting there movement, or who are NOT! Sounds like a BLM racist…..

    1. avatar Dude says:

      Some “anti-racist” vandal literally spray painted kill whitey on the statue base before they toppled it.
      https://www.reddit.com/r/AntiWhitePrejudice/comments/he7zdd/kill_whitey_spray_painted_on_toppled_statue_of/

      Who’s instigating these kids anyway? Remember “anti-racist” Obama?
      A Racist Con-Man: Obama’s Portrait Artist, Who Hires Cheap Chinese Labor To Paint “His” Work, Says “Kill Whitey” Is A Major Theme
      https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/02/racist-verified-obamas-portrait-artist-hires-cheap-chinese-labor-paint-work-says-kill-whitey-major-theme/

      Speaking of instigating, they’re also spray painting 1619, as in the NYT 1619 project that teaches us that EVERYTHING about this country revolves around race and slavery, and you know, evil whitey.

      There’s nothing that could bring us together more as a country than blaming everything bad on one particular group of people born with the wrong skin color that will always be evil, guilty, and sinful no matter how many times they kneel, clean shoes, and beg for forgiveness.

  27. avatar TheOtherDavid says:

    Durkan is a disaster. She is bending over backwards not to say a word that might offend the Seattle Progs. And she isn’t afraid to throw law enforcement under the bus early and often.

    The people in CHOP- most of them anyway – will be more than happy to say “we made our point” before they flee for their homes with warm showers and all the tofu they can eat.

    So far we have three shootings, all apparently gang related. So I’m very much looking forward to her “summer of love” approach to Seattle’s festering gang problems.

    I don’t carry a gun when I’m in Seattle.
    I carry two.

    1. avatar Dude says:

      “Durkan is a disaster. She is bending over backwards not to say a word that might offend the Seattle Progs. And she isn’t afraid to throw law enforcement under the bus early and often.”

      This is a common theme of the people in charge of law enforcement for liberal cities across the entire country. They’re down with the movement. Don’t tell the mostly peaceful rioters, but the movement isn’t about ending racism, it’s about increasing it. This is a political movement with an army of useful idiots.

  28. avatar conrad says:

    That’s not what she said. She indicated that partnership with the occupants would result in their leaving. Me? I think they’ll march on the other Precinct and take it. There will be lots of angst in chap tonight, I’m expecting a bloodbath.

  29. avatar Buff cousin Elroy says:

    I’m local, I’ll volunteer to head down there and clear those turds out. Any other local boys up for some good ‘ol community service? Lol

  30. avatar former water walker says:

    Hey where are the apologists for Yankee Marshall?!? I thought he said it was all peace & love. Haight Ashbury 1967 redux😏At least they had an immoral war to “protest”…this scum are just communist’s.

    1. avatar Jimmy Beam says:

      Yankee Marshall is an insufferable d*bag and all around cuck.

    2. avatar Sam I Am says:

      “Hey where are the apologists for Yankee Marshall?!?”

      TYM posted some videos in Somaliattle over a few nights. Said things were peaceful. Noticed today he posted a video ragging on BLM for the disorder. Haven’t seen anything about the shootings as a game-changing event.

      If we are going to welcome all the foxhole conversions by leftist gun owners, TYM deserved credit for much of his work. Of course, if one samples only echo chambers, a single disagreeable statement would be sufficient to dismiss TYM entirely. If, however, the message is correct/true, does the source disqualify the message? Doesn’t that sound a lot like the “conservative” snobs who are all about form over substance?

      1. avatar tdiinva says:

        TYM is angling for a Duranty Prize. He is the typical actual white racist who thinks he needs to tell Black people what’s good for them

        His firearms content is pretty good but outside of that he is a retard..

        1. avatar Cale15 says:

          I doubt that some years back in one of his videos he was going on about how white people have no pride and only black people can have pride in their color! He’s been married to a man so long he doesn’t know what real life is!

        2. avatar tdiinva says:

          Is that a joke?

        3. avatar Dude says:

          “His firearms content is pretty good but outside of that he is a retard..”

          This basically. I don’t listen to his rants or his foul mouth, however, he has a good sense of humor and a ridiculous firearm collection (he actually bought a gun, then realized he already owned one). He also occasionally has good intentions. I’ll always give credit when it’s due, but I’ll also call him out for being a commie apologist.

        4. avatar Sam I Am says:

          “His firearms content is pretty good”

          Separating the wheat and chaff at TYM is pretty easy. I generally like his deflation of tacticool, and sunshine gun rights pretenders. His chats are sometimes entertaining, sometimes.

      2. avatar Miner49er says:

        “If, however, the message is correct/true, does the source disqualify the message?“

        Now there’s an unexpected bit of wisdom, bravo!

        1. avatar tdiinva says:

          So you think the victims were counterrevolutionaries who got what they deserved, eh? Same with woman who got sexually assaulted, eh? She must have been asking for itl

        2. avatar Miner49er says:

          ???

    3. avatar Montana Actual says:

      I hated that guy before hating him was even a thing. First video I ever saw I wanted to throat punch him. Probably something stupid if I remember correctly, some small thing he made into a 14 minute video and was a total asshat about. YouTube stopped recommending him to me at least.

  31. avatar Hannibal says:

    If any of Seattle PD are dumb enough to agree with this the most violent perps will melt away. They’re opportunists. They are there because the cops are not. They’re not gonna play if they might end up shot.

    The idealists will stay and cry the first time a cop yells at them. And then will sue.

    The police department brass will do what the mayor says. Will the police? If they were smart they might do as little as humanly possible and make up excuses about how you don’t want to exercise your privilege against minorities or something.

    I’m guessing they’ll use some young guys dumb enough to risk their careers and freedom for a chance to get a bonus and the ability to wear jeans to work.

    1. avatar Montana Actual says:

      Damnit. First someone says they will have to get a haircut, and now you with the jeans.

      You both leave my hair and attire out of my career path, damnit.

      Long hair, don’t care. No dress code.

  32. avatar GS650G says:

    And if they shoot back at the cops what’s the next move? The cops might even lose the battle.
    Are they prepared to use real force?

  33. avatar D Y says:

    ‘All those people that were supporting you guys, they’re going to start walking away from you, especially all those white people that were following you. … They don’t want to be associated with any part of that violence.”

    Wow, I think that guy just came to a revelation of how to reduce about 98% of all crime in the country. Unfortunately, his racism is so blinding he missed his own point.

    Cant ever accuse a leftist of being capable of critical thinking I suppose.

  34. avatar strych9 says:

    I suggest the humble Railway Rifle. Works great on Raiders, Radscorpions… well, just about anything that needs a metal spike poked into it’s brain at high velocity.

    1. avatar CWT says:

      I prefer a scoped, suppressed Gauss Rifle from an elevated position.

  35. avatar Specialist38 says:

    Reading like a dystopian B-movie. What changed for the mayor to somehow grow a brain.

    We will see if she grew some balls as well. Hasn’t exactly supported 5-0, let’s see if they now do her bidding.

    Or maybe she’ll mobilize anti-fa to go in and clean up. Yeah, that oughta work.

    Oughta just wall it off and let all those dumbasses apply for visas and a passport to enter the US.

    The stupid is strong in Washington State.

    1. avatar The grid says:

      If only in Washington State….I have actually always heard if you travel far enough east, you meet a bunch of normal people, as with many other states they have to suffer the consequences of the mentally ill stalinists from the bigger cities.

      1. avatar Specialist38 says:

        Perhaps. But the Governor, both Senators, and 7 out 10 House members are democrats.

        And I’m guessing that Democrat means leftist, elitist in every way.

        The decent people are too few to elect big Pols but there are obviously enough to send some token conservatives to Congress.

        I feel for them. In occupied territory.

  36. avatar The grid says:

    The “mayor” is pretty much setting up the cops for failure, they will have to use force, it will look ugly, it will be on edited videos and it will look like the mentally ill members of CHOP are the victims…..which will then justify another round of nonsense, and blaming “insert name here…” Cops should just tell the “mayor” to go pound sand, wait til even the more functional leftists of Seattle get tired of these little communist agitators.

    1. avatar Montana Actual says:

      I agree. Just let it get so chaotic either good citizens in the area stop fearing the repercussions of “the law”, or some special teams are sent in to clear them out. They shouldn’t even try the national guard or riot clad soldiers. Just call it what it is, a terrorist organization and the teams from whatever branch will execute anyone who does not surrender or somehow manage to escape. Fly one chopper high enough for them to hear a very clear message that they either leave now or be treated as hostiles – while also playing “Fortunate Son”. Lets get this shindig kicked off.

  37. avatar Debbie W. says:

    Hear Ye Hear Ye people of Chopland…The party is moving to the mayor’s house…last one out is a rotten egg.

  38. avatar Montana Actual says:

    So much hypocrisy here. All the politicians who let this happen there will try to find a way to negotiate so they will leave “peacefully”.

    Seriously, one fucking platoon of special motherfuckers is all it will take. Let them loose. Fuck the lefts feelings. Nothing short of war will come after november anyways.

  39. avatar Neil says:

    This is setting up the cops.

    There is no way this ends well.

  40. avatar B says:

    Way overdue for CHOP to get Chopped. Last I heard, they’re already naming it the “Seattle Hippie Independent Territories”, aka S.H.I.T.

    Dang it, where are the Soylent Green Scoops when you need them.

  41. avatar Cadeyrn says:

    Never interrupt an enemy while they are making a mistake. Never.

    Let the gangs move into CHOP. Let the idiots in CHOP gain a first-hand understanding that, no, gang members aren’t misguided innocents. They cannot be converted to flower-children. Criminals really want to take everything you have and will use violence upon your sacred personhood to accomplish that goal. They will take your stuff, violate your body and soul and leave your husk behind without a second thought.

    Until the center-left regains the knowledge that civilized society is important and that actual criminals are bad, there will not be a resolution. The left literally needs to feel the consequences of their own stupidity at the hands of the criminal vipers they are clutching to their respective bosoms.

    Sending in the police or National Guard does not let the left feel their own consequences. It makes them martyrs and gives them an easy excuse: blame the police for violence instead of the criminals who are actually perpetrating the violence.

    Cut the power and water. Let them fester in their own filth all summer long. There won’t be any crops come fall. There won’t be any food aid or support. And there won’t be any violence from the US government. It will all be from CHOP occupants themselves. Now that’s a lesson.

    1. avatar Darkman says:

      Wise words.

  42. avatar Rodger Shull says:

    The ” DUMB BITCH ” waited to long and she should be removed also, scoop them all up in a dumpster and take them to the sanitary landfill, which after that it will be a UNSANITARY LANDFILL, and a BIO-HAZARD.

  43. avatar Klaus Von Schmitto says:

    This could be solved with a single battery of M777’s in about 30 seconds.

    No ROTC buildings were burnt after Kent State.

  44. avatar Jason says:

    If they don’t want to leave, make it so they can’t. Help them build their barricades, but also cut off supply lines. Cut power, water and gas, etc.

    The situation will solve itself without a shot fired.

    1. avatar Klaus Von Schmitto says:

      Now You’se can’t leave.

  45. avatar J.T. says:

    “what was started with the intention of lifting the BLM message”

    And was immediately taken over by anarcho-communists, just like every other “movement” on the left.

    1. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

      The BLM message actually started with hard-left marxists.

      Do your homework on BLM. Their leadership are hard-core marxists. The vast majority of people claiming association and support for BLM are, as always, useful idiots. The leadership are hard-core marxists – as hard core as the Weather Underground was.

  46. avatar MARK WINTERS says:

    Shouldn’t have let this form once itcturned violent to begin with.

  47. avatar Tod Kohl says:

    Apparently none of them are old enough to remember what happened to MOVE in Philly

    1. avatar Dyspeptic.Gunsmith says:

      If we want to talk about “police excess,” then there’s an incident to discuss.

      65+ buildings burned to nothing. 11 people burned to death.

      What a cluster.

      1. avatar Tommy357 says:

        Popular joke on Philly at the time.

        How do you fit 15 Move members into a Volkswagen?

        2 in the front seat, 2 in the back, 11 in the ash tray.

        Lessons were learned – where do you think Uncle Janet got her playbook for the Branch Dividians?

  48. avatar Ben Dover says:

    Let’s arm the law abiding people there. Let them go to war. Then we go in, round up what’s left of the bad guys and ship them off to Pelosi.

  49. avatar T1zymrgst says:

    Well, MS. MAYOR needs to just walk in there and demand that all these great, fantastic, civically-minded people who have taken over that portion of her city just pack up and go home now. And add: “I mean it” for emphasis. That ought to do it.

  50. avatar MrKitty says:

    I predict the mayor in name only will do the following –
    Offer unrestricted amnesty to all the Chop criminals
    Offer each Chop criminal a certain sum of money to move out
    Commiserate with the Chop criminals in agreement that they have been treated badly
    In the aftermath, the area will be close to uninhabitable
    The Chop criminals will use their new found freedom and free money to move and setup elsewhere in the city.
    The process will then repeat.
    No solution but typical democrat thinking – activities not results, style over substance.
    The fake news media will headline – SEATTLE MAYOR SOLVES CHOP PROBLEM

  51. avatar AverageJoe says:

    Darn the Mayor wants to close down Antifastan, I was thinking all the murdered residents could be buried up in the park and then composted (which is now legal in Washington) so the residents would have plenty of mulch for their winter garden

  52. avatar The Sergeant Major says:

    The Mayor just wants to find a way out of the mess she put herself and the city in. If she had the strength and morale courage in the beginning to do what was right she wouldn’t have the current problem. Leadership occasionally requires a hard hand and she should have used one when they first started to occupy the area.

    1. avatar Top says:

      She took the easy wrong over the harder right. Not much leadership (i.e., backbone) in that lass.

  53. avatar Top says:

    So, the mayor has decided the police and/or National Guard ARE useful? I thought she was embracing these lovable little peaceniks and there such…trendy idealism. No?

  54. avatar Bill in Washington says:

    There is right to occupy blocks of a city.
    There is no right to destroy other people’s property.
    There is no right to accost people on the street for any reason.
    There is no right to engage in confrontations with the police.
    There is no right to use block traffic on highways or any other street.

    You can exercise your First Amendment rights as long as you do not unduly inconvenience others. You can even march down city streets if you get a permit.

    Any other actions are violating the rights of others and must be dealt with forcefully. This is where the police come in. Their job is to protect us from the initiation of force from others which is exactly what the “protesters” are engaged in.
    The rabble occupying CHOP must be dealt with and the streets restored to order.

    1. avatar Montana Actual says:

      Well, there kind of is a right to stand your ground against police… but I get where you are going.

  55. avatar Bill in Washington says:

    Oops. First line should be:

    There is NO right to occupy blocks of a city.

  56. avatar Paul says:

    “Mayor believes . . . but the message cannot be lost in the violence.”

    Oh, you witless wonder – the message is ALWAYS lost in the violence. First you encourage these gutless wonders, now you’re worried about their conduct? How did you THINK this was going to play out? Fekkin Democrats . . .

    BTW, who is paying for all that free food and crap? Is this a George Soros operation?

  57. avatar Gordon in MO says:

    The Mayor was part of the whole thing. Allowed it, ordered the police to not interfere and abandon, encouraged the insanity.

    And, how will they go about “taking it back?’ Tell the police to go do it but “no violence”?

  58. avatar MADDMAXX says:

    BLM leader says “if we don’t get what we want, we will burn down this system and replace it… While Pelosi accuses Republicans of trying to get away with the murder of George Floyd (after dems blamed Trump for his death)… The first one is a delusional black man that can’t find his crack pipe, the second is a delusional old white woman who is obviously suffering from dementia and really could benefit from a deep hit off of that crack pipe…

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