July 24, 2020 · OPINION
Law enforcement is not the problem dividing our nation
By Harry F. Burroughs III
We are living in extremely difficult times. Since July 4th, more than a dozen beautiful African American children have been murdered in Chicago and New York. Where is the outrage? Where are the marches for Sincere Gaston and Mekhi James?
The mayors who run these cities are unwilling or unable to stop the carnage. Their solution is to defund, demean and decapitate their local police forces.
In the U.S. Congress, it is a tale of two cities. The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives passed a bill that puts police lives in danger, makes it easier to sue individual policeman and allows all cops to be prosecuted for even frivolous complaints. Instead of seeking a bipartisan solution, Nancy Pelosi denied any amendments to the bill and demanded that her members pass a bill that makes our communities less safe.
At the same time, Senate Democrats demanded that policing reform legislation happen immediately. Yet, when given the opportunity to even consider the Justice Act, they voted not to have any debate at all. Instead of trying to improve policing, they wrote press releases and supported anarchists who are engaged in property destruction, looting and violence in far too many American cities.
I am still waiting for one word of condemnation of these hate groups from Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer or Joe Biden. Their silence is deafening.
We are a nation of laws. Without the police, we are all in grave danger, especially if you live in a minority community. If someone is robbing a bank, looting your business or holding a gun in your face, who are you going to call? A social worker? Member of Congress? The Ghostbusters?
You are going to call your local police and pray that someone answers the phone. As Ronald Reagan once said, “I commend you (police) for manning the thin blue line that holds back a jungle that threatens to reclaim this clearing we call civilization.”
We need to support our first responders. What we don’t need are anarchists who are intent on destroying our cities, our way of life and public monuments to American heroes. This madness will only stop when Americans stand up for your country.
Jeffersonian American · August 25, 2020 at 7:26 am
1. Study Jamestown, Virginia, 1607, and our American history factually and truthfully. Study the migrations of the human species across the globe and the New World. Study the Vikings over the past thousand years. Then lecture me about Settlers, and then the Immigrants who came later to the North American continent.
2. As to your other FLOYD PROTESTS posting, a clarification is due here also:
George Floyd died of a Fentanyl overdose. He had three times the lethal dose of Fentanyl in his system at the time of his arrest for counterfeiting and being restrained for attacking the responding Law Enforcement Officers.
About 250 million Americans are tired of hearing about white privilege when it is clearly black criminality- and the adoration of criminality by many in their community- that is the problem; in tandem with deceitful white liberals in the media excusing and encouraging black criminality and calling it protest.
It takes a lot of entitlement and self-privilege to get bored rich white kids to take over a Black Panther movement then run around stealing, beating, murdering, raping, burning, looting and telling strangers how to live or else. Hypocrisy, your name is Antifa-Black Lives Matter. I have many friends (who happen to be black) who don’t hate anyone- so what we are seeing are a group of people under the ANTIFA / BLM banners that have no love in their hearts and who have been taught and conditioned to hate other human beings including police officers, whose lives matter also. These are the elements that want everyone else exterminated- especially those with any Caucasian race in them. These are the cancerous persons our midst- who also gather in Courthouse Square every Saturday morning at 10 AM in Warrenton and giving aid and comfort to these Domestic Terrorists- who are very stupid and very dangerous. They are also frightening innocent children and unsuspecting visitors and local residents passing by every Saturday morning in Old Town Warrenton- driving away business and our sense of community. Every enraged Fauquier Citizen- out running errands or attempting to walk downtown- who saw the BLM-Antifa Democrats surrounding the entrances to the Fauquier Bank last Saturday morning with their ugly Ku-Klux-Klan Rally Tactics- keeps driving any remaining Undecided Voters into support for President Trump. Every single one of these weekend BLM / ANTIFA Rallies in Warrenton's Courthouse Square increases President Trump's vote tally. Liberalism Is A Mental Disorder- Liberals create the misery and crisis, then move in and vote in their "solutions." The only problem is, it never improves. All they do is increase their own power over the people, and make everyone miserable. This kind of joy-killing behavior is pathological. It has Satan's fingerprints all over it.
Civilized Americans of all races and backgrounds, by nature, don't want to hurt them because they are people; they have rights; they have needs and desires; they represent a life. But so do you. You may have a home; you may have a family with children or elderly loved ones with decent, honorable friends and neighbors. You don't want to lose what you have carefully built over many years or decades and diligently worked for by the sweat of your own brow. Clearly, the ANTIFA / BLM Terrorists want to destroy what you have built. And so, “survival of the fittest” is the only rule that is universal. Left unchecked and unopposed, ANTIFA and BLM Terrorists are now promising to destroy what we- you and I- have built. There is only one course of action left- defeating the enemy within America. Assuming we make it to Election Day, don’t forget to vote on Election Day in person if possible, and by legal Absentee Ballot in advance if in-person voting on Election Day is not possible for you. We know Democrats will stop at nothing- including engaging their supporters working deep inside the untrustworthy, failing U.S. Postal Service- to steal the upcoming national election. Why else would they mail over 500,000 bogus election ballots marked with a “D” or “R” on the back of each envelope to Virginia residents, dead people, pet names, etc. (supposedly to help the crooked Union Employees inside the U.S. Postal Service sort these Bogus Bulk Mail Virginia Election Ballots, if you believe that). And these are just the events of last week that we know about. The Radical Left Democrat Party is in a war against law abiding American citizens to impose their totalitarian utopian and systematic eradication of our nobler American history, heritage and culture in their insane quest to finish what Obama signaled in 2008, to “… fundamentally transform the United States of America.”
Tony Bentley · August 22, 2020 at 3:50 pm
Jeffersonian American - "American future based on the ideals and principles which made our country great for all of its citizens- a beacon of liberty and opportunity-" Don't you mean people the color as the original founding fathers, not the people they owned? That's where your road always leads.
Tony Bentley · August 22, 2020 at 3:47 pm
TRUMP, on unrest in Minnesota after George Floyd died in the custody of Minneapolis police: “When I sent in the National Guard, that’s when it all stopped.” — speech Monday in Mankato, Minnesota.
THE FACTS: False. Gov. Tim Walz, a Democrat, deployed the Minnesota National Guard, not Trump. The president didn’t send forces to the streets in Minnesota. He repeatedly claims that he did.
In the speech, Trump went on to say he urged Minnesota officials to deploy the Guard and “they should have done it a lot sooner,” thereby acknowledging, if indirectly, that the order wasn’t his. But Walz said he mobilized the Guard at the request of city officials, not because Trump wanted him to."
Jeffersonian American · August 18, 2020 at 6:05 pm
It is truly sad to watch America being destroyed by the Committed Marxists of the Democrat Party- but this Bolshevik Reign of Terror and Lawlessness will not stand. Ultimately, the Communism has failed everywhere it has been tried; and it will fail here in America in November, 2020 as well. What I continue to see and discuss with great Americans of all races and socioeconomic backgrounds gives me hope and great encouragement for our American future based on the ideals and principles which made our country great for all of its citizens- a beacon of liberty and opportunity- provided we can rid ourselves of the cancerous Marxist-Communist Threat from within on Election Day, 2020. If hundreds of millions of Americans can unite to save those ideals and principles championed in our Declaration of Independence and our Bill of Rights- we will have turned back another thousand years of darkness and human misery in the 2020 national election. It has come down to this necessary moment in our American history- a major course correction is needed for everyone- all American citizens- to survive and prosper on our American continent; and I'm proud to stand for that, regardless of the Democrat rantings of the Nattering Nabobs of Negativism.
Mark House · August 18, 2020 at 9:36 am
"Average CEO earnings at large firms soared to $21.3 million last year
The average pay of the top executives at America’s 350 largest companies could be poised to rise again in 2020, despite the widespread layoffs and pay cuts of the coronavirus recession."
There is our great DIVIDE! The rich are getting richer thanks to the current IMPOTUS and GOP policies and the rest of us are paying all the bills.
Linda Ward · August 16, 2020 at 7:32 pm
JEFF has "VERY COMFORTABLE WHITE GRIEVANCE IDENTITY" VCWGI.
Linda Ward · August 16, 2020 at 7:30 pm
Poor JEFF, you should get a dog and go for walks.
Jeffersonian American · August 9, 2020 at 1:34 pm
President Eisenhower, our last truly great U.S. President, presided over a nation of laws and not of men. The Democrats below are simply attempting to defend the indefensible. Something big is about to happen with respect to President Trump's prosecution of The Deep State Clinton/Obama Evildoers. And regardless of what you personally think of President Trump, his overwhelming trust and confidence is placed in him by the American People who duly elected him in 2016; and from all evidence, Americans will overwhelmingly re-elect him in the coming weeks. What the Democrats who uncontrollably rant below have never seemed to understand- even after four years of President Trump's many successes- is that it was the Vile Clinton and Undocumented Obama/Soetoro Presidencies which made the 2016 National Election of President Donald J. Trump possible. You Democrats own it, lock, stock and barrel, and you are going to own Trump's Re-election once again in 2020. We couldn't have accomplished Trump's election without your political filth and lawlessness which literally was the straw that broke America's back.
If you would divine the future- study the past. It's time to dispatch with the so-called Roosevelt Legacy (using a temporary economic depression to change our whole form of Government to Socialism); the so-called Kennedy Legacy (Stolen 1960 Election Fraud, raping White House teenaged Interns Secret-Service Code Words Fiddle and Faddle, the teenaged Mimi Fahnstock; young starlets, prostitutes, David Niven's wife, and hundreds more just while in the Oval Office, LSD taking with mistress and Georgetown Socialite Mary Meyer; and countless hapless, incompetent incidents like the Bay of Pigs Invasion and the Cuban Missile Crisis- that one almost got us all incinerated- Ike privately called him "The Boy... the Boy... the Boy..." and "The Boy has no idea of the complexity of the job..."); the so-called Johnson Legacy (a long string of murder victims in Texas and as Vice President including his own sister; research Malcolm Wallace if you haven't uncovered this American history yet; unprecedented corruption and money bribes; research Billie Sol Estes and LBJ's adopted son and White House Special Assistant Bobby Baker who in just one Defense Department scam, was granted all vending machine operations at military installations across the globe by LBJ, who took skim money from those vending machines returned to him by Bobby Baker; more personal secretaries and assorted women not his wife; his cunning, scheming criminality, mental instability and breakdowns; raw unfiltered anti-black racism; and the ordered, orchestrated murders and cover-ups of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy; and a Fake Vietnam War with over 58,000 American dead soldiers all for the purpose of LBJ's deliberate personal skimming of Defense Department global contracts, etc.); the so-called Carter Legacy (of crippling economic malaise, 21% interest rates; double-digit inflation; managerial incompetence, disastrous micro-management and wild family tree that resembled more of a wild bush); the so-called Clinton Legacy (another wild family tree/bush; a string of murder victims in Arkansas; a wife and frustrated Co-President that was more evil than him- research the long-time housekeeper in the Arkansas Governor's Mansion, an older black woman who had worked there for decades, and who revealed to the American Spectator magazine in 1992, "The Devil's in that woman..." and more crimes and sex degeneracy than Lyndon Johnson on steroids; and most importantly, who turned all of the nightly national evening news broadcasts into X-Rated television shows, damaging tens of millions of young American children who suddenly learned all about Bill and Monica Lewinsky's sordid Oval Office sex life); and the so-called Barack Hussein Obama Barry Soetoro Legacy (undocumented
candidate of the Radical Chicago, satanic, Alinsky political machine who was constitutionally ineligible to be seated as U.S. President but ignored by the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Electoral Commission- both constitutionally responsible for vetting his qualification to stand for U.S. President election; Barry's sordid Communist mother, Barry's Real Father CPUSA Member and Honolulu pornographer Frank Marshall Davis, Barry's Communist Grandparents; Barry's Indonesian Citizenship; Barry's 1981 travel to Pakistan banned by the U.S. Government for all American citizens without the permission of the highest levels of our Federal Government; Barry's unconstitutional Obamacare disaster; trillions of unaccounted for domestic spending and billions more in pro-Islamic Terrorism foreign aid; upside down pro-Islamic foreign policy such as Benghazi; and ever increasing levels of money laundering and other high crimes against the American People, thugs wearing law-enforcement Felon Ankle Bracelets for Rap Parties inside the White House, etc.) (CONTINUED NEXT POSTING)
Jeffersonian American · August 9, 2020 at 1:33 pm
And so now many of these same posters below want to champion the Democrat Sewer Party of 2020 and the disastrous Joe Biden and the damaged goods Communist female sympathizers he has cornered himself into choosing as his running mate? Thinking Americans say no thanks. You can keep your Hoax and Chains- we'll keep working to restore our damaged liberties, threatened economic prosperity and faltering constitutional republic on life support. Democrats have been responsible for making a President Trump possible- so he is the last President standing between light and God forbid, a century or more of evil darkness across the American continent. Millions of Young Americans of all races who weren't alive for the history I have described above are in a race against the clock to learn it and to wise up that their future and our American Way Of Life are all in peril.
So now you know why Thinking Americans will resoundingly re-elect President Trump in November- hopefully he and AG Barr will be able to forge ahead with indictments and prosecute the Clinton/Obama Deep State human garbage and Evildoers still living since the 1992 election. America's survival depends on it.
Tony Bentley · August 6, 2020 at 2:52 am
Well, I think there's been two strains in the party. Call it an Eisenhower strain going back to the '50s and a McCarthy strain.
We look — we think now of William Buckley as this intellectual soul of the Republican Party to a certain point, but — which he was, but we forget that he began as a racist. So there's always been this element.
Since 1964, the Republican Party has failed to attract large numbers of African Americans. We used to acknowledge this as a failure and talk about how to try to change it.
Now we don't even hear any talk anymore of a big tent. And we seem to have settled into a very comfortable white grievance identity."
There it is in print "VERY COMFORTABLE WHITE GRIEVANCE IDENTITY". That's the Republican party and from the author's writing is where he stands.
Tony Bentley · August 6, 2020 at 2:43 am
"What we don’t need are anarchists who are intent on destroying our cities, our way of life and public monuments to American heroes."
By "we" you are referring to most Southern white people's American heroes, right? And American white people's way of life?
Reports are that it is white supremacists who are inciting violence and destruction. Now, why do you think they are doing that? To make the protesters look bad? Can't be since they are such patriots.
Linda Ward · August 5, 2020 at 3:41 pm
Well, as King Donald has proclaimed, "It is what it is." Such a deep thinker King Donald, his elevator doesn't go all the way to the top floor, if you know what I mean, but we just love him to death, said no one that cares about this country.
Jerome Fields · August 4, 2020 at 8:07 pm
AmericanPatriot - Well, bless your heart!
jim goodwin - Trump is partly responsible for his failure to mobilized a national pandemic response and for blowing it off, just as people who didn't take it seriously are finding out. It's not your fault jim, you just don't know any better.
jim goodwin · August 4, 2020 at 7:36 pm
At least Trump's "ideology", or lack thereof, isn't responsible for the deaths of tens millions of people. Vote for Joe Biden and you too can participate in the march toward our next ideologically driven genocide.
And before you say it, Trump's not responsible for the deaths of the COVID-19 victims. They and their caretakers are responsible.
AmericanPatriot · August 4, 2020 at 3:03 pm
Law enforcement isn't the problem. Democrats are the problem.
Linda Ward · August 2, 2020 at 1:09 pm
"The "billionaire" who hides his tax returns. The "genius" who hides his college grades. The "Commander-in-Chief", who never wore a uniform, who sacked Generals smarter than him; and who dodged the draft AND who is scared to address Russian bounties with Putin or acknowledge them at all. The "self-made man" who tax dodged a $413M "gift" from daddy’s real estate empire. The "businessman" who bankrupted 3 casinos and lost over $1B in 10 yrs. The "playboy" who pays for $ех. The "Christian", twice-divorced philanderer, who never asks God for forgiveness. The "man of the Bible" who declined to name even one of his favorite Bible verses. The "philanthropist" who defrauds charity. The "patriot" who dodged the draft; family tradition: grandfather was kicked out of Bavaria for draft-dodging, father bribed a doctor tenant to exempt Donald from military service. The "paragon of honesty" whose new immigration rules would have kept his and his senior anti-immigration adviser Stephen Miller’s grandparents out. The "steadfast defender of our nation’s borders" who married an alleged undocumented immigrant and illegal worker who sponsored her parents into the country by "chain migration". The "staunch Republican" who donated to Democrats at all gov’t levels: Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, John Kerry, Anthony Weiner, Harry Reid, Andrew Cuomo, Terry McAuliffe, Eliot Spitzer. The "innocent man" who refuses to testify. The "President" who takes no responsibility. The "tough, strong man" who wears makeup and hairspray but almost never a mask. If America reelects this guy, it deserves the dystopian future that follows. "
Linda Ward · August 2, 2020 at 1:08 pm
"Trump Translations "Many People have told me" = Voices in my head and fictional people have complimented me "A lot of people don't know" = I just learned something most people already knew "Believe me" = I just lied "In fact" = I'm about to lie "He's a great guy" = I will deny ever knowing this person after they begin to tell the truth about me "MAGA" = Making my pockets fatter off the American tax payers "Nobody knew" = Everyone knew except me "Huge" = moderate to below average in size "Loser" = someone who makes me feel inferior due to their talent or accomplishments "Policy Briefing" = Turning on Fox News "Liar" = Someone telling the truth about me "Fake News" = Real news "I just wish her well, frankly,” Trump said of accused pedophile Ghislaine Maxwell - July 22, 2020, during a White House press conference on the coronavirus pandemic. Dump also said the coronavirus pandemic will probably "get worse before it gets better." The US daily death toll rose above 1,000 for the first time in weeks. "If you can’t take care of your sick in the country, forget it, it’s all over. I mean, it’s no good. So I’m very liberal when it comes to health care. I believe in universal health care. I believe in whatever it takes to make people well and better." ― The Donald @ Larry King Live, October 1999 "A friend of mine was in Scotland recently. He got very, very sick. They took him by ambulance and he was there for four days. He was really in trouble, and they released him and he said, ‘Where do I pay?’ And they said, ‘There’s no charge.’ Not only that, he said it was like great doctors, great care. I mean we could have a great system in this country." ― The Donald @ The David Letterman Show, January 2015 "We’re going to have insurance for everybody. We’re going to have a healthcare that is far less expensive and far better." ― The Donald @ interview with The Washington Post, January 2017 "Hillary’s always surrounded herself with very good people, I think Hillary would do a good job [as president]." [praising Hillary Clinton as a Democratic presidential candidate who could make a good deal with Iran.] ― "
Linda Ward · August 2, 2020 at 1:07 pm
"The Donald @ interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, September 2007 "I know [Hillary Clinton] and she’d make a good president or good vice president." [speaking of the 2008 Democratic Party presidential primaries] ― The Donald @ "Trumped!", a syndicated radio feature, 2008 "Hillary Clinton I think is a terrific woman. I am biased because I have known her for years. I live in New York. She lives in New York. I really like her and her husband both a lot. I think she really works hard. And I think, again, she’s given an agenda, it is not all of her, but I think she really works hard and I think she does a good job [since joining the Obama administration as Secretary of State]. I like her." ― The Donald @ interview with Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren, March 2012 "I know [Hillary Clinton] very well, and I know her husband very well, and I like them both. They are just really terrific people. I like them both very much. But I think you’ll be looking at the record of Hillary Clinton. And how did she do as secretary of state? Probably above and beyond everybody else and everything else." [speaking after the 2012 Benghazi attack] ― The Donald @ interview with NBC News, August 2013 "I really believe the Republicans are just too crazy right. I mean, what’s going on [in that party] is just nuts." ― The Donald @ interview with NBC News’ "Meet the Press", October 1999 "In many cases, I probably identify more as Democrat. I’ve been around a long time. And it just seems that the economy does better under the Democrats than the Republicans. Now, it shouldn’t be that way. But if you go back, I mean it just seems that the economy does better under the Democrats. ...we’ve had some pretty bad disaster[s] under the Republicans." ― The Donald @ interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, March 2004 "I don’t want to pivot... If you start pivoting, you’re not being honest with people." ―
Linda Ward · August 2, 2020 at 1:07 pm
"The Donald @ interview with Wisconsin television station WKBT, August 2016 "I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and wouldn’t lose any voters, okay? It’s, like, incredible." ― The Donald @ campaign rally in Iowa, January 2016 "I love all people, rich or poor, but in those particular [i.e. cabinet] positions I just don’t want a poor person." ― The Donald @ rally in Iowa, June 2017 "I think if this country gets any kinder or gentler, it’s literally going to cease to exist." ― The Donald @ Playboy, March 1990 "Let our politicians give back our police department’s power to keep us safe. Unshackle them from the constant chant of ‘police brutality’..." ― The Donald @ "Bring Back the Death Penalty. Bring Back Our Police!", a newspaper ad, May 1989 "The point is that you can’t be too greedy." ― The Donald @ "The Art of the Deal", 1987 "
Linda Ward · August 2, 2020 at 1:06 pm
"It’s amazing, I can’t even believe it. I’ve been so lucky in terms of that whole world, it is a dangerous world out there. It’s like Vietnam, sort of. It is my personal Vietnam. I feel like a great and very brave soldier." [speaking of having $ex and referring to women’s geпitals as "potential landmines".] ― The Donald @ interview on The Howard Stern Show, November 1997 "Vagiпa is expensive." ― The Donald @ his second wedding, as retold on The Howard Stern Show, 1997 "Wow! Just think — in a couple of years I’ll be dating you." [to two 14-year-old girls in 1992, after asking the girls how old they were. The girls were part of a youth choir performing a carol concert outside Manhattan’s Plaza Hotel.] ― The Donald @ Chicago Tribune, December 1992 "Leadership: Whatever happens, you’re responsible. If it doesn’t happen, you’re responsible." ― The Donald @ Twitter, November 2013 "You can’t con people, at least not for long. You can create excitement, you can do wonderful promotion and get all kinds of press, and you can throw in a little hyperbole. But if you don’t deliver the goods, people will eventually catch on." ― The Donald @ "The Art of the Deal", 1987"
Linda Ward · August 2, 2020 at 1:05 pm
"I’m gоіng tо tеll yоu whаt I rеаlly thіnk оf Dоnаld Trump. Thіs mаn іs а pаthоlоgіcаl lіаr. Hе dоеsn't knоw thе dіffеrеncе bеtwееn truth аnd lіеs. Hе lіеs prаctіcаlly еvеry wоrd thаt cоmеs оut оf hіs mоuth... а nаrcіssіst аt а lеvеl I dоn’t thіnk thіs cоuntry hаs еvеr sееn... Wе аrе stаrіng аt thе аbуss." ― Tеd Сruz @ prеss cоnfеrеncе, mоrnіng оf Indіаnа Rеpublіcаn prіmаry, Mаy 2016
"Givе me ten years, and you will not recognize Germany anymore!" ― Adolf Schicklgruber @ election slogan, 1933"
Mark House · July 29, 2020 at 10:25 am
It's a set up. By creating chaos and destruction, leading to rioting and anger, someone is dog whistling his followers to stir up the people. This leads to Federal troops being called in, a prelude to MARTIAL LAW being declared. These are test runs until ELECTION DAY, and anything after, to see what the current Administration can get away with, we're being had by a Conman and his crew.
Look at the actions of Duterte in the Philippines and Maduro in Venezuela. Is that what some people want in the USA?
Sammy · July 29, 2020 at 8:33 am
right-wing agitators, not the left -- the claims by others here proved false
‘Umbrella Man’ went viral breaking windows at a protest. He was a white supremacist trying to spark violence, police say.
By Jaclyn Peiser
The Washington Post
July 29, 2020 at 6:06 AM EDT
With an umbrella in his left hand and a hammer in his right, the man in black lobbed his weapon so nonchalantly into an auto parts shop’s windows that it surprised many others in Minneapolis marching nearby in a May 27 protest over George Floyd’s death.
Soon after his abrupt attack, the mostly calm demonstration near a police precinct erupted into looting and arson — the first fire in a series of riots that eventually caused $500 million in damage and left two people dead, the Associated Press reported.
For weeks afterward, activists and Internet commenters homed in on a viral video of the figure nicknamed “Umbrella Man,” speculating that his intent was actually to turn the peaceful protests destructive.
On Tuesday, Minneapolis police confirmed those suspicions, identifying him as an affiliate of a white supremacist group that allegedly sought to “incite violence,” according to a search warrant affidavit filed in the Hennepin County District Court. The Star Tribune first reported of the warrant. The 32-year-old man has not been charged.
The news comes amid rising fears of right-wing agitators purposefully stoking violence at protests. Last month, federal prosecutors charged supporters of the right-wing “Boogaloo Boys” movement for incidents including killing of a security officer at a federal courthouse and plotting firebombs and explosives at a government building and peaceful protests — all with the aim of stoking racial conflict.
Theories that white supremacist groups may have been involved in the “Umbrella Man” case arose soon after video of him vandalizing the business began circulating widely on social media. Many falsely identified the man as a St. Paul police officer, causing the department to release surveillance footage showing the officer during the time of the protest.
Much of the suspicion around “Umbrella Man” came from his clandestine get-up — all black including a gas mask that covered most of his face — and his reaction to protesters confronting his vandalism. As he made is way along the building, breaking the glass one pane at a time, an African American man in a pink T-shirt and white shorts approached him, seemingly insisting he stop. But “Umbrella Man” pushed forward until more onlookers neared. He eventually turned around and went behind the building, but many in the crowd followed him, one even yelling out to ask if he was a cop.
Not long after he shattered the windows of the AutoZone and ran away, people started looting the store and eventually set it on fire.
Erika I. Christensen, a Minneapolis police arson investigator who wrote the affidavit, now alleges that his “sole aim” was to provoke discord.
“Until the actions of the person your affiant has been calling ‘Umbrella Man,’ the protests had been relatively peaceful,” she said. “The actions of this person created an atmosphere of hostility and tension.”
The destruction quickly spread. The following morning, the Minneapolis Fire Department said they had responded to roughly 30 fires. One man was shot and killed in a pawnshop, while a second man was found dead and burned in another pawnshop.
“This was the first fire that set off a string of fires and looting throughout the precinct and the rest of the city,” Christensen said.
It took months for Minneapolis police to identify the man. Christensen wrote in her affidavit that she spent “innumerable hours” scrolling through social media apps like TikTok, Snapchat, Instagram and YouTube.
The break finally came last week, when a tip came in naming “Umbrella Man” and revealed he is a member of the Hells Angels, a motorcycle gang made up of mostly white men who ride Harley-Davidson bikes. Christensen soon discovered that “Umbrella Man” is also a “known associate” of the Aryan Cowboys, a white supremacist prison gang based mainly out of Minnesota and Kentucky.
Christensen also found that just before smashing the windows to the AutoZone, “Umbrella Man” allegedly spray-painted in white, “free s--- for everyone zone,” on the red doors of the store.
He was also involved in an incident in Stillwater, Minn., where a group of motorcycle gang members wearing Aryan Cowboys leather vests accosted a Muslim woman, according to the affidavit.
In response to the news, some civil rights leaders are urging the Justice Department to investigate further. Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, tweeted, “A great time to ask AG Barr about the department’s investigation of violent white supremacist groups.”
Linda Ward · July 28, 2020 at 9:02 pm
Now, instead of an infectious disease specialist Trump brings in a doctor who warns against having sex with demons during the coronavirus briefings. The crazy train just got crazier!
Tony Bentley · July 28, 2020 at 10:33 am
"Nearly two dozen arrested in Richmond as weeks of peaceful protest turned violent over the weekend. Officials blamed outsiders and white supremacists for stirring up trouble."
Teligali · July 28, 2020 at 2:41 am
Bettye Glascock · July 27, 2020 at 2:34 pm
Thank you Mr. Burroughs.
I have no intention of getting into an argument or name calling with any of you. I have lived a long time and can tell you that the problems in our country today did not start with President Trump or the police departments. People of all races need to quit bitching and complaining and get of your lazy asses and make a difference. Tutor an underprivileged child. Make sure you have school choice in your area. Education is key to success and harmony. Teach your children love and compassion for all. I taught my child to respect people in authority and that the police were our friends and there to help us. Today my son is a police officer. My only child is a police officer. Who is protecting him when he is risking his life to protect you?
Mark House · July 27, 2020 at 1:41 pm
Tony Bentley · July 27, 2020 at 9:12 am
"EARLY ON in the coronavirus pandemic, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar assigned a top aide to run the day-to-day U.S. response. The aide’s occupation before his ascension to his prominent post? Labradoodle breeder.
That is only one of the absurd and alarming examples of unqualified or otherwise dangerous political appointees carrying out critical duties in the Trump administration — and the worst part is, the public isn’t even aware of many of them. The United States government employs some 4,000 political appointees, more than any other industrialized democracy. Approximately 1,200 must be confirmed by the Senate, yet thousands remain who can be installed in their positions in the shadows. The only widely available catalogue of who they are and what they do comes in the Office of Personnel Management’s “Plum Book.” This encyclopedia is released only every four years, rendering it almost irrelevant for a one-term administration.
Congress’s Periodically Listing Updates to Management, or PLUM, Act, approved by a Senate committee last week, aims to replace the “Plum Book” with something more relevant: a directory updated every two years instead of every four, and that exists on a website rather than in printed form or a clunky PDF. This is a step forward, though not a step far enough. Better would be data added in real time on who’s in and who’s out, so the public, press and lawmakers can scrutinize power players for experience and conflicts of interest. The matter is of particular concern as an election approaches and presents the possibility of an outgoing administration slipping its political appointees into career roles so that they can stick around unnoticed, a trick known as “burrowing.”
Generally, OPM has done a decent job guarding against burrowing, but the agency’s inspector general announced recently that officials there are slow-rolling his investigation into whether the administration is already sneaking political appointees into what are traditionally career roles. Pair this with the troubling anecdotes about non-confirmed appointees we are aware of, and there’s particular reason for concern.
The man responsible for overseeing the child separation policy at the border, for instance, had never spent any time resettling refugees before he was put in charge of refugee resettlement. He was, however, an antiabortion advocate, which perhaps explains why he sparked scandal by trying to stop detained minors from getting abortions. Currently, the White House is urging the hiring to a key Pentagon position of Rich Higgins, a conspiracy theorist fired from the National Security Council after propounding the theory that a “deep state” composed of the media, Black Lives Matter, Islamists, the United Nations and more was working together to undermine the president. The myth has stuck.
Americans learn of these people poised to have significant influence over the country’s course only by a mixture of chance and circumstance. We ought to be aware of them by rule, the better to ensure that no essential function of government goes to the dogs — or the Labradoodles."
Following the current administration's example let's put people in positions of power that know nothing about their job, let chaos rule.
FairandBalanced · July 26, 2020 at 9:33 pm
and, why aren't there enough living wage jobs to go around?
FairandBalanced · July 26, 2020 at 9:30 pm
if you don't think government has changed just imagine what the world looked like on the day when the orange trash bag was sworn in. and open your eyes today. i say government and the United State have changed for the worse. a bold experiment gone bad. and, we will never go back. life will never be the same. good or bad.
FairandBalanced · July 26, 2020 at 9:20 pm
why government? it makes laws. it protects what works. it has money. the best and brightest are attracted to and congregate under the government tent. government gets collective information. it is the receptacle of all things in a society. it is the dumpster diving of politics. it is powerful. it was built for change. at least, in a democracy.
FairandBalanced · July 26, 2020 at 9:13 pm
on stimulus. the people who don't go back to work are the trash of the workforce. they can get a job anytime and anywhere. only problem? those jobs pay less than living wages. so many work two or three of those trash jobs. they say F--k you and we say F--k you back at them. because life is so hard for them. they don't give a shit about anybody but their sorry ass selves. and who can blame them?! there are not enough living wage jobs to go around to everybody concerned. we need better government. not more government.
FairandBalanced · July 26, 2020 at 7:55 pm
catch that B3. you ignoramus. president and past precedent?
FairandBalanced · July 26, 2020 at 7:53 pm
the orange trash bag should stop pardoning folks who have been convicted by a jury of their peers, fair and square. who have pleaded guilty and have been asked a million times, in writing and in open court, if that is their plead. just bad business. and Congress needs to change that law. past president makes it all the more imperative. time for change on that one.
FairandBalanced · July 26, 2020 at 7:31 pm
Pass a new stimulus bill NOW! Most people with a decent job are not going to NOT go back to work if they can. Make sure enough PPEs go where and when they need them. Help people who are unemployed or uninsured pay for health care when they need it. Start from scratch with law enforcement because most people have lost confidence in the blue fraternity of union members. Pull the secret police from the trump administration out of our cities. Protect our up coming voting process from Iran, Russia and China. Keep us informed with honest information-good, bad or indifferent. Take care of our children (that's a whole new post). Punish the law breakers and reward the honest, forthright and patriotic ( like Mueller).
FairandBalanced · July 26, 2020 at 6:43 pm
Goodwin. the left doesn't want more government. It wants better government. Take away DeSantis, Trump (orange trash bag), Yoho (F...... B......), McConnell (Moscow), Kemp, Cotton (pick it idiot), Collins, Gaetz (going to jail), Miss Lindsey Graham, Loeffler, McSally, Jim (homo) Jordan, Gohmert (thick bottom lip), Ratcliff, Zeldin, Stefanick....on and on. All are failures, wackos, single tune Johnnies, inept, criminal and out of tune with America! Bu-Bye!
FairandBalanced · July 26, 2020 at 5:20 pm
"I am still waiting for one word of condemnation of these hate groups from Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer or Joe Biden. Their silence is deafening."
What hate groups might they be, B3? The "Wall of Moms"? The "Wall of American Veterans"? The "Wall of Leaf Blowers"?
Stop your provocations you ignoramus. Your opines are getting more and more delusional. Less and less relevant. And, poorly written and researched. You are becoming unhinged and hysterical.
Jerome Fields · July 26, 2020 at 10:39 am
We all know who the problem is, even the naysayers.
Trump has been in office for exactly 1,282 days.
During that time, he has:
Ignored a pandemic while 140,000 Americans died from COVID-19. Then he said "we've done a great job".
Fawned over Putin as Russia paid the Taliban cash for killing American soldiers in Afghanistan.
Utilized a mercenary secret police to go into U.S. cities and attack peaceful protesters.
Lied over 20,000 times — over 15 a day — and has played golf at least 280 times
Begged at least three different countries to cheat in our elections
Cozied up to ruthless dictators — saying Kim Jong Un is a friend — while isolating our friends.
Watched helplessly as our economy has gone into a depression that has left 40 million Americans out of work.
Republican values once again.
NewBmore · July 25, 2020 at 8:02 pm
Fascism. Not racism
NewBmore · July 25, 2020 at 8:02 pm
Fact? What's untrue about you being a deadbeat hick.
Where are you and your 2a buddies to stand up against racism? Position by convenience, snowflake
AmericanPatriot · July 25, 2020 at 8:00 pm
I notice you didn't dispute my post with fact.
NewBmore · July 25, 2020 at 6:58 pm
Thanks for your input, Americanpatriot. Always a low-IQ comment to add.
Go back to your trailer and collect that unemployment check while Daddy Trump still let's you
AmericanPatriot · July 25, 2020 at 6:53 pm
Over two thousand homies shot by homies this year in chicago.
7 homies shot by police.
These are facts unknown to the dirty little children protesting in our streets. Unknown because they are too stupid to think for themselce
jim goodwin · July 25, 2020 at 2:37 pm
Demos, Don Lemon, a hero of the Left, just emphatically argued with Terry Crews that BLM is only about "police brutality" and not the other issues affecting the black community. So which is it, Demos? Are you agreeing with the rest of us that Don Lemon is a liar? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzR8x_jlGaI
The root of the damn problem is that everyone on the Left always insists that we need more government to solve what are actually issues with personal accountability. We have too many people that have no moral compass.
But that problem is too hard to solve. So the Left has long since given up on that in favor of tearing down the system and rebuilding it in their Utopian image. That's impossible too so the cycle of tearing down and rebuilding will never end. It will just continue to demoralize more and more people. And they will just continue to kill each other.
Jeffersonian American · July 25, 2020 at 9:46 am
Thank you Mr. Burroughs for your thoughtful op-ed. To answer the Title Question of your commentary, may I submit the neatly summarized answer provided by the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture that states ALL THE REASONS for America's Divide today:
Here is a link to the unimproved “Whiteness” Page without the chart.
I double checked because trusting is hard these days. They did remove the graph, BUT they left up the rest of the Whiteness Page, which is even worse than the chart!
Though I don’t advise studying the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture's links above too closely as it can be too disturbing for many Americans, just be aware that this museum has some deep problems which are severe enough to have raised alarms, especially among national conservative elected officials, who feel responsible because our U.S. tax dollars are supporting it.
Smithsonian yanks controversial teaching graphic insisting rational thinking, hard work are linked to 'Whiteness." (That was fast).
What can all thoughtful and responsible Americans of all races do next?
We can alert our conservative elected officials and the few honest journalists remaining of all races who are up in arms over the National Museum of African American History and Culture's alarming Hate Program about “Whiteness,” which is, sadly, being financially supported by the American public tax paying citizenry.
This is also the museum that ignored Justice Clarence Thomas’ rise to success and of course, got Thomas Jefferson all wrong with their exhibition and Spectacular Lies pertaining to the Thomas Jefferson-Sally Hemings Fable (working in close collaboration with Monticello's radicalized Thomas Jefferson Foundation). Lonnie Bunch was Director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture- and is now Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. He runs in the same circles as discredited historian Annette Gordon Reed and many others spreading Spectacular Lies about Thomas Jefferson.
Perhaps by putting this museum and the recently Radicalized Smithsonian Institution leadership under the microscope by some of our more capable and honest American elected leaders, will begin to pour sunlight into a truly evil Committed Marxist Agenda in America's Raging Culture War.
NewBmore · July 24, 2020 at 3:32 pm
It's not conservatives' fault they're alarmist snowflakes who need an authoritative boot to lick. It's biological.
Supporting first responders and supporting the demilitarization of police are not mutually exclusive positions.
The madness of certain folks in the police force abusing their power with immunity because of qualified immunity and lack of independent third-party oversight needs to end. One day, you are going to find yourself on the wrong end of an altercation with police and pray you have recourse. You won't.
Demosthenes · July 24, 2020 at 2:29 pm
I can't imagine what proof you see in my writings that I am a racist. Clarify that accusation Pete?
Demosthenes · July 24, 2020 at 2:11 pm
There is a little truth to this opinion piece, at least in the idea that the police are not the only problem.
One thing so many people around here seem to miss is the idea that black lives matter.
Black lives matter. That means that we need to re-evaluate the redlining policies that forced people of color to live in certain (usually poor) districts within each city. That means we need to re-evaluate the way that school funding is done with local property taxes, which are far too low in the neighborhoods that black people were traditionally forced to live in. That means we need to re-evaluate why businesses call in "John" for an interview but not "Jamal" even when they have the exact same resumes, as designed by various sociology studies.
And it means that we need to re-evaluate whether all of our nation's police are treating all of our people with decency.
Harry Burroughs the 3rd asks "where is the outrage?" BLM is a movement not just about policing but about all of these variables that prevent people from really living to their full potential. That is plenty of outrage for ya, and it would appear to be well justified.
Truepat · July 24, 2020 at 9:32 am
It's genocide in the black communities and that issue doesn't fit the Democratic and black political parties agenda obviously.....
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