Gangs and Politicians in Chicago: An Unholy AlliancePosted: March 4, 2018 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Law & Justice, Mediasphere, Politics | Tags: Chicago, Gangs, Violence 2 Comments
LAWBREAKERS, LAWMAKERS: In some parts of Chicago, violent street gangs and pols quietly trade money and favors for mutual gain. The thugs flourish, the elected officials thrive—and you lose.
Baskin isn’t a slick campaign strategist. He’s a former gang leader and, for several decades, a community activist who now operates a neighborhood center that aims to keep kids off the streets. Baskin has deep contacts inside the South Side’s complex network of politicians, community organizations, and street gangs. as he recalls, the inquiring candidates wanted to know: “Who do I need to be talking to so I can get the gangs on board?”
Baskin—who was himself a candidate in the 16th Ward aldermanic race, which he would lose—was happy to oblige. In all, he says, he helped broker meetings between roughly 30 politicians (ten sitting aldermen and 20 candidates for City Council) and at least six gang representatives. That claim is backed up by two other community activists, Harold Davis Jr. and Kublai K. M. Toure, who worked with Baskin to arrange the meetings, and a third participant, also a community activist, who requested anonymity. The gang representatives were former chiefs who had walked away from day-to-day thug life, but they were still respected on the streets and wielded enough influence to mobilize active gang members.
The first meeting, according to Baskin, occurred in early November 2010, right before the statewide general election; more gatherings followed in the run-up to the February 2011 municipal elections. The venues included office buildings, restaurants, and law offices. (By all accounts, similar meetings took place across the city before last year’s elections and in elections past, including after hours at the Garfield Center, a taxpayer-financed facility on the West Side that is used by the city’s Department of Family and Support Services.)
At some of the meetings, the politicians arrived with campaign materials and occasionally with aides. The sessions were organized much like corporate-style job fairs. The gang representatives conducted hourlong interviews, one after the other, talking to as many as five candidates in a single evening. Like supplicants, the politicians came into the room alone and sat before the gang representatives, who sat behind a long table. “One candidate said, ‘I feel like I’m in the hot seat,’” recalls Baskin. “And they were.”
The former chieftains, several of them ex-convicts, represented some of the most notorious gangs on the South and West Sides, including the Vice Lords, Gangster Disciples, Black Disciples, Cobras, Black P Stones, and Black Gangsters. Before the election, the gangs agreed to set aside decades-old rivalries and bloody vendettas to operate as a unified political force, which they called Black United Voters of Chicago. “They realized that if they came together, they could get the politicians to come to them,” explains Baskin. Read the rest of this entry »
[VIDEO] Pelosi Rips into Republicans for Criticizing Bloodthirsty Left-Wing Rhetoric Before Shooting: ‘How Dare They?’Posted: June 15, 2017 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Mediasphere, Politics, White House | Tags: Bloodthirsty, Democratic Party, Eliminationist Rhetoric, Free Beacon, Hatred, murder, Nancy Pelosi, Political Assassination, protests, Radical Left, Rhetoric, video, Violence 1 Comment
Protesters Torch Free Speech At Berkeley In Latest Example of Mob Rule On America’s College CampusesPosted: April 20, 2017 Filed under: Diplomacy, Education, Politics, Think Tank | Tags: Berkeley, First Amendment, Free speech, Mobs, Radical Left, Violence Leave a comment
We recently discussed the courageous stand of the University of Chicago in favor of free speech (a position followed by schools like Purdue). Free speech is being rapidly diminished on our campuses as an ever-widening scope of speech has been declared hate speech or part of the ill-defined “microaggression.” Now Berkeley has shown the world exactly what this intolerance looks like as protesters attacked people, burned property, and rioted to stop other people from hearing the views of a conservative speaker. As on so many campuses, they succeeded. The speech by Milo Yiannopoulos was cancelled. A triumph of anti-speech protesters. Berkeley now must face a defining moment. The only appropriate response for the school is to immediately reschedule the speaker and stand in defiance of those who want to deny the right to speak (and to hear and associate) to others. Moreover, it is liberals who should be on…
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Michael Barone: Looking for Fascism in America? Look Left, on CampusPosted: March 7, 2017 Filed under: Education, History, Terrorism, Think Tank | Tags: Alexandria, American Conservative Union, Berkeley, Breitbart News, Broad Institute, Campus, CRISPR, Jennifer Doudna, Liberal Fascism, Marxism, Milo Yiannopoulos, Radical Left, University, University of California, Violence, Virginia, Weimar Republic, White House Leave a comment
Michael Barone writes: Something like that is happening now — but the violence is coming from leftists, not Trumpists. Take the University of California, Berkeley, [long pause] please. That’s where a speech to the Young Republicans by rightist provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos was shut down by a screaming mob on February 1, as this eyewitness account from Power Line’s Steven Hayward records. Not only was the speech shut down, but gangs of ski-masked and bandana-wearing protesters roamed the streets just off campus with sledgehammers, smashing ATM machines. In one instance, Hayward reports, a 62-year-old Republican who voted for Hillary Clinton held up a sign reading “1st Amendment Protects All Speech” and, on the obverse side, “Even Milo’s” was punched in the nose and dropped to the ground.
Where were the police? Not in a position to help—by design. In this “lethal, horror situation,” said University of California Berkeley campus police chief Margo Bennett, according to the Los Angeles Times. “We have to do exactly what we did last night: to show tremendous restraint.”
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They made just one arrest. As for City of Berkeley police, according to the San Francisco Chronicle they came equipped with riot gear, but “as the violence escalated, officers pulled back.” Police on a balcony ordered rioters to disperse, but made no move to stop them, supposedly to prevent injury to “innocent protesters and bystanders.” City police made no arrests. “Our primary objective with the resources we had was the protection of life.” Read the rest of this entry »
Our Cult-Like Education System: Stella Morabito on the Ideological Cold WarPosted: February 13, 2017 Filed under: Censorship, Education, Politics, Think Tank | Tags: Activism, Alternative school, American Humanist Association, Americans, college campus, Donald Trump, Left Wing, Marxism, propaganda, Radical Left, Riots, Supreme Court of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, United States, University, Violence 1 Comment
Riot-Prone Mobs Are A Product Of America’s Cult-Like Education System
‘If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.’
— Thomas Jefferson
Stella Morabito writes
…Those who are pushing for sustained street resistance seem to be banking on two things. First they are betting that mainstream Americans won’t realize until it’s too late that we are in the midst of a virtual civil war that could turn violent. Dennis Prager recently wrote of this Second Civil War, warning Americans to wake up to it. Second, agitators are also wagering that Americans will not have the stomach for the prolonged fight they intend to bring to the streets, a point noted by psychologist Tim Daughtry in his book “Waking the Sleeping Giant.”
“What brought us to this place where the losing side has so utterly and violently rejected the peaceful transfer of power from one president to another, and previously agreed-upon electoral process and rules?”
So is this some kind of a joke? Revolution in the streets of America that overturns the election results? So far it all sounds so goofy, at least where it doesn’t get violent. We can watch in wonder as a shrieking NYU professor verbally assaults numerous police officers with the sort of impunity only afforded to the far-left. We can assure ourselves that there aren’t that many irrational people. Even if true, however, that’s beside the point. Too many citizens are at sea in understanding what freedom even means.
“Let’s face it. Today’s street theater is the culmination of decades of radical education revision. The radical Left’s systematic attack on the study of Western Civilization has essentially been an attack against the study of any and all civil societies. It is an attack on the features that make a society civil and free.”
We need to ask ourselves: What brought us to this place where the losing side has so utterly and violently rejected the peaceful transfer of power from one president to another, and previously agreed-upon electoral process and rules? It’s past time to ponder the quote from Thomas Jefferson: “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”
Destroying Our Education System Got Us Here
Let’s face it. Today’s street theater is the culmination of decades of radical education revision. The radical Left’s systematic attack on the study of Western Civilization has essentially been an attack against the study of any and all civil societies. It is an attack on the features that make a society civil and free. Those features include freedom of expression, civil discourse, the Socratic method of figuring out truth, value of the individual, and a common knowledge of the classics of history and literature that help us understand what’s universal in the human experience. All of that had to go.
[Read the full story here, at thefederalist.com]
Now, as we see students marching to demonize as “fascists” proponents of free speech, their ignorance is in full view. This is really a full frontal attack on the rule of law, the Constitution, and a system of checks and balances that guards against the consolidation of centralized power.
“The last 50 years have produced a huge wave of kids who are functionally uneducated.” https://t.co/4r0v3Lv6tm
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) February 13, 2017
That’s the whole point of the education these students have been fed. In fact, a lot of 1960s agitators, including domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, decided to place their bets on radical education revision. For at least 40 years, Ayers has been devoted to transforming schools from places of actual education to places of coercive thought reform. As Andrew McCarthy recently pointed out in National Review: “It was a comfy fit for him and many of his confederates, once it dawned on them that indoctrination inside the schoolhouse was more effective than blowing up the schoolhouse.”
If you review the history of radical education reform, it’s clear these agitators have been committing mind arson on the children, undermining their ability to think independently and clearly. (For more on this, read Robin Eubanks’ book “Credentialed to Destroy.”)
How to Short-Circuit a Child’s Thinking
Radical education reformers have made a point of removing context from children’s education, and to squash their natural curiosity, undermining their capacity to think. Read the rest of this entry »
Liberal Fascism Author Jonah Goldberg: ‘UC-Berkeley Should Be Ashamed of Itself’Posted: February 2, 2017 Filed under: Education, Mediasphere, Politics, U.S. News | Tags: 2016, Berkeley, Breitbart News, Conservative, Donald Trump presidential campaign, Fascism, Freedom of speech, Jonah Goldberg, Liberal Fascism, Milo Yiannopoulos, Republican Party (United States), Riots, UC Berkeley, University of California, video, Violence Leave a comment
“I wrote a book called ‘Liberal Fascism’ about a decade ago, and even then the best working definition of a Fascist in America is ‘a conservative who’s winning an argument’. The way the Left operates, they just try to shout down anyone who disagrees with them, these campuses are little, sort of soft-Totalitarian states where disagreements is actually a heresy.”
“By all means, Milo has a right to speak, he has free speech rights, they should have let him speak, the far smarter strategy would be to ignore these things, but the clampdown on free speech that’s more troubling is when they block people like Condoleeza Rice from being able to give a speech. The whole point to protecting outrageous speech is that it keeps the zone of speech for reasonable important speech safer, the way they do this kind of stuff is so counterproductive, it feeds into the worse impulses on both the right and the left, and Berkeley, and the administration of Berkeley should be ashamed of itself.”
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[And Jonah’s other popular book, The Tyranny of Cliches, also available at Amazon]
[NEW – Berkeley’s Shame – NR Editors]
[Also see – [VIDEO] Jonah Goldberg with Bill Kristol: Trump’s Candidacy, Conservative Exile, and ‘Liberal Fascism’ Revisited]
[More – Charles Murray: The Trouble Isn’t Liberals. It’s Progressives]
[More – Populism Is Not Fascism]
BREAKING: University of Washington Campus Suspected Shooter ArrestedPosted: January 21, 2017 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption, Mediasphere | Tags: American Civil Liberties Union, Anarchists, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Harborview Medical Center, Marxism, Milo Yiannopoulos, Progressives, Protest, Seattle, Shooting, Suspect, United States, Violence 1 Comment
The circumstances under which the victim was shot remains unclear.
A man was shot Friday night on the University of Washington campus during a protest for a controversial speaker, and the suspected shooter turned himself in claiming self defense, police said.
A large crowd packed the Red Square area of campus Friday night protesting a speech by controversial Brietbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos. Police were blocking the entrance to Kane Hall, and investigators said bricks and paint were thrown at officers.
“The person of interest in the shooting … turned himself in to University of Washington police. He is now being questioned about the incident.”
— the Seattle mayor’s office said in a statement.
Medics received the shooting report at 8:26 p.m., after Yiannopoulos’ speech began in Kane Hall, but while a large crowd of protesters remained outside.
UW students were alerted to the suspected shooters arrest early Saturday morning. He was being questioned early Saturday morning by UW police, who are handling the investigation.
The shooting victim is 32 and suffered a life-threatening gunshot wound to the abdomen, Seattle police said. He was in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center, and was previously identified by authorities as a 25-year-old…(read more)
Person of Interest in Shooting at UW Protest Turns Himself In
David Caplan and Karma Allan report: A person of interest in the Friday night shooting of a man at a protest at the University of Washington has turned himself in, the office of Seattle mayor Edward Murray announced early Saturday morning.
“My prayers are with the victim, whoever he is.”
— Milo Yiannopoulos
“The person of interest in the shooting … turned himself in to University of Washington police,” the mayor’s office said in a statement. “He is now being questioned about the incident.” The University of Washington Police Department is handling the shooting investigation, with support from Seattle Police Department detectives.
The 32-year-old victim was hospitalized with a possible life-threatening injury after being shot by the suspect in the abdomen at the protest, which according to ABC affiliate KOMO, was pegged to the slated 7:30 p.m. speaking engagement of alt-right figure Milo Yiannopoulos. Some were also protesting Donald Trump’s presidency. Read the rest of this entry »
REWIND 2008: Panic in the StreetsPosted: November 10, 2016 Filed under: Entertainment, History, Mediasphere, Politics, White House | Tags: Barack Obama, Democracy, Democrat Party, GOP, POTUS, Presidential Election 2008, protests, Riots, United States, Violence 1 Comment
Senseless Knife Crime, Motive UnknownPosted: August 6, 2016 Filed under: Breaking News, Global, Religion, Terrorism | Tags: Allah, Christianity in the Middle East, EUROPE, France, Islam, Islamic terrorism, Islamist, Jihadism, Jihadist, McDonalds, murder, Muslim, Syria, Takbir, Violence 1 Comment
A man slashed a policewoman’s face with a machete and shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ before her fellow officer gunned him down in a chilling ‘terror’ attack.
The attacker reportedly walked up to two policewomen at the entrance of the police station in the Belgian city of Charleroi just before 4pm, pulled a machete from his bag and hacked at the officer.
After slamming the machete into the face of one officer, he then turned to another and began swinging the massive blade at her.
A third female officer raced to the front desk and then blasted the attacker in the chest and leg – knocking him to the ground.
Emergency crews then raced to the scene and began treating the policewomen – one of who was left with massive, deep cuts to her face.
Her colleague was only slightly injured but the attacker, who has not been named, died later in hospital. Read the rest of this entry »
[VIDEO] By The Numbers: The Untold Story of Muslim Opinions & DemographicsPosted: December 11, 2015 Filed under: Politics, Religion, Terrorism, Think Tank, War Room, White House | Tags: Barack Obama, Ben Carson, Invasion, Islam, Islamic fundamentalism, Islamism, Jeremiah Wright, Jihadism, Judeo-Christian, Michigan, Muslim, Radical Left, Radical Muslim, Republican Party (United States), Sharia, United States, video, Violence Leave a comment
By the Numbers is an honest and open discussion, hosted by Raheel Raza president of Muslims Facing Tomorrow, about Muslim opinions and demographics. This is about the acceptance that radical Islam is a bigger problem than most politically correct governments and individuals are ready to admit. Is ISIS, the Islamic State, trying to penetrate the US with the refugee influx, are Muslims radicalised in US soil, are organizations such as CAIR who purport represent American Muslims accepting and liberal or radicalised with links to terror organizations.
Anti-Cop Activism Leads to Sky-High Murder Rates in Democrat-Run CitiesPosted: August 6, 2015 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Law & Justice, Politics, U.S. News | Tags: ABC News, Activism, Atlanta, Baltimore, Baltimore Police, Black Lives Matter, breitbart, Cops, Democracy Alliance, Law Enforcement, New Orleans, Periscope, Prison, Riots, The Washington Post, Violence 1 Comment
The results are in. They’re written in blood.
Lee Stranahan writes: A sharp spike in the murder rates of Democrat-controlled cities across America is one of the consequences of the increased tension between police and black Americans; tension that has been stirred up by both the liberal media and by Democrat-aligned radical political activist group Black Lives Matter.
As Baltimore announced it is embedding federal agents with its homicide unit after one of the highest murder rates in years, the Washington Post took note of the sharp increases in other cities like New Orleans and Atlanta:
Some blame the increase in violence on the “Ferguson Effect” — officers pulling back on tough enforcement because of the intense focus on police-involved shootings like the one that killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., last August.
In neighborhoods where police have long been viewed with suspicion, people use their cellphones like all-seeing periscopes every time police officers get out of their cars. Officers and the unions that represent them describe a combination of surveillance and skepticism, with body cameras, ACLU recording apps and jeering wherever they go.
This increased pressured on law enforcement is a direct result of radical anti-police activist groups like Black Lives Matter using social media and community organizing to urge inner-city black Americans toward confrontations with the police as they are trying to do their work keeping the public safe.
[Read the full text here, at Breitbart]
As with the recent confrontation between Black Lives Matter activists and Cleveland police showed, the press usually sides with the acitivists and against the police. The unrelenting anti-law enforcement atmosphere is taking its toll, as CNN reported in May:
The latest homicide statistics arrive amid reports that Baltimore police officers have lost confidence in the chain of command and that officers have coordinated a work slowdown by not talking to community members and showing less initiative. The drops in arrests and increase in murders are the result of officers refusing to follow their marching orders, according to one Baltimore officer who spoke with CNN. Read the rest of this entry »
Money-Grubbing, Violence, HollywoodPosted: June 18, 2015 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Mediasphere, Politics, White House | Tags: Barack Obama, Fundraiser, Guns, Hollywood, media, Michelle Malkin, Money, news, Twitter, Variety Magazine, Violence Leave a comment
Money-grubber-in-chief money-grubbing in Hollywood. https://t.co/Y10T1odF1q
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) June 19, 2015
#Baltimore: Citizens Protecting CopsPosted: April 28, 2015 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption, Mediasphere, U.S. News | Tags: Baltimore Protests, Baltimore Riots, Citizens, media, news, Police, Twitter, Violence, Volunteerism Leave a comment
Spread this for everybody to see. #BaltimoreRiots pic.twitter.com/aYhVv25TI4
— Madison Confessions (@UWConfessions) April 29, 2015
#Baltimore: Salon Advocates ‘Legitimate’ Private Property Destruction, Cop-Car BurningPosted: April 28, 2015 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption, Mediasphere, Politics, U.S. News | Tags: Baltimore Police, Baltimore Riots, media, news, Police, Private property, Salon Magazine, Twitter, Violence 2 Comments
[VIDEO] #Baltimore: Non-Strategic RiotingPosted: April 28, 2015 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption, Mediasphere, U.S. News | Tags: Baltimore Protests, Baltimore Riots, Looting, Maryland, media, news, Police, video, Violence Leave a comment
Baltimore Officer is UnconsciousPosted: April 27, 2015 Filed under: Breaking News, Law & Justice, Mediasphere | Tags: Ballistic trauma, Baltimore, Baltimore City Hall, Baltimore Mayor, Baltimore Police, Baltimore Police Department, Police officer, protests, Riots, Violence Leave a comment
#Baltimore officer is unconscious!!! Retweet and send your prayers for him!!!!! #BaltimoreMayor #BaltimorePD pic.twitter.com/gayNmjxIiu
— SexyPatriots™ (@MolonLabe1776us) April 27, 2015
‘Bonfire of the Vanities’ MomentPosted: April 25, 2015 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption, Mediasphere, White House | Tags: Baltimore, Barack Obama, Glenn Reynolds, Instapundit, protests, Riots, Twitter, Violence, White House Correspondents Dinner 1 Comment
Charmian Neary via Twitter – h/t Instapundit – PJMedia
Jihadist Sympathizing Financial Times Boldly Calls Out Freshly-Murdered Writers and Cartoonists at French Satirical Weekly Charlie Hebdo for ‘Mocking, Baiting’, Being ‘Stupid’Posted: January 7, 2015 Filed under: Censorship, Crime & Corruption, Global, Mediasphere, War Room | Tags: cowardice, Financial Times, France, Ft.com, Islamism, Jihadism, media, murder, news, Paris, Terrorism, Violence Leave a comment
Nutty Search Terms RevealedPosted: June 30, 2014 Filed under: Humor, Mediasphere | Tags: Humor, Meredith Powell, Party, Politics, RUSSIA, Search Engine, Sex, Violence, wordpress 1 Comment