A Note on Professionalism


One of the things that I learned from my training as an Army officer is that amateurs study tactics while professionals study logistics.

When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.

—Hunter S. Thompson

Der Krieg ist eine bloße Fortsetzung der Politik mit anderen Mitteln. War is merely the continuation of politics by other means.

—Carl von Clausewitz

UPDATE—My podcasting partner Stacy McCain has more about Louisville here.

UPDATE 2—UPDATE 3—It’s being reported that a second police officer has been shot by the rioters in Louisville.

UPDATE 4—The Louisville Metro Police Department has issue a statement with the following information around midnight ET:

One officer is stable and alert.
The other officer is in surgery but stable.
Both appear to have suffered non life-threatening injuries
A suspect is in custody.

Speaking Truth to Power


I’m so old I remember when it was fashionable for those on the left to favor non-violent protest. Mohandas K. Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Alexandr Solzhenitsyn, Vaclav Havel, and Desmond Tutu were honored by the Left as heroic figures because they engaged in speaking truth to power rather than violent revolution.

Fashions change.

These days, it may seem the Left has taken Noam Chomsky’s analysis to heart—power knows the truth already and is busy concealing it—but I don’t believe that’s what’s motivating them. Given the Left’s move from liberalism to marxism, their worldview is no longer centered on truth. Instead, it is all about power. Truth has become, if not irrelevant, their enemy.

The Left is now speaking shouting power at truth.

The Left fails to understand is that there is nothing more powerful than Truth in the long run. They have chosen poorly.

Past Their Sell By Date


Sarah Hoyt has a thoughtful piece over at PJ Media explaining why she expects the current playacting at revolution by the Left to fail. She argues the false premises of the marxist philosophical worldview of the Left has so distorted their perceptions of Reality that they can’t understand why their efforts to bring about Utopia keep failing. In frustration the Left is throwing a tantrum because things aren’t “fair.”

They expect that the “99 Percent” will rise up in solidarity with them to overthrow the “1 Percent” of capitalist oppressors. However, it’s the Left that won the slow revolutionary march through the institutions over the past fifty years. It’s Leftists who now make up most of the “1 Percent.”

Real revolutions, not the left’s pretend theater, are not “and the people rose up.” That’s usually the last stage. Real revolutions are caused by living conditions/ways of making a living changing so dramatically that ideology must follow.

Communism and socialism were – though heads-on-pants insane – well suited to the mentality of mass production and mass movements.

They’re fish out of water in the 21st century. Which is why every move they make turns against them. Their heads are full of a society that no longer exists.

I’m not saying they’re not a danger, particularly in the areas – geographic and social – they control. What I’m saying is that they’re losing that control.

Read the whole thing.

In effect, proles who thought they had been guaranteed a spot in the Outer Party and had a shot at making it into the Inner Party are raging because their Fill-in-the-Blank Studies did not qualify them for anything other than struggling to service a significant debt on a barista’s wages. One part of the left is revolting against another.

This has happened before. During the middle years of the last century, the international socialist fought the national socialists in Europe. Sarah Hoyt argues that we’re now seeing the death rattle of the Left’s revolution rather than its birth pains. I hope she’s right.

An Unwise Escalation


It’s being reported that rioters in Portland have used lasers to blind, perhaps permanently, federal law enforcement officers who were engaging in riot control. If so, it was unwise.

IANAL, but IIRC, an attack that can cause an injury such as blindness is usually considered dangerous enough to justify a response that can include deadly force. The feds’ response so far has been limited to normal riot control techniques, so the rioters haven’t experienced much more than a whiff of tear gas. There is a wide array of more powerful tools available to deal with the rioters.

Some of the Portland rioters may be trying to goad the feds into opening fire with their firearms, seeking to sacrifice some of their fellow travelers as Kent-State-style martyrs. I doubt that will happen. The BORTAC team has a reputation for being among the best trained and disciplined in the business. They aren’t a bunch of green, young National Guardsmen who’ve never been in a skirmish before.

I suspect that an appropriate response is coming, and I’ll bet that Antifa won’t like it.

Funding the Police


This was posted on the Twitterz—Mayor Ted had a security detail (of Portland cops) protecting him. As I’ve noted before, the Inner Party will always take steps to insure that there is a sufficient police force to protect their interests.

BTW, this sort of unfiltered, on-the-scene reporting may be what defeats the street thugs of Antifa and BLM. They’re using the ’60s playbook that relies on the public getting fed reporting filtered through friendly editing. While the MSM is working to provide that sort of coverage, too much truthful coverage is leaking out faster than it can be suppressed.

Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.

Step by Step


There were those who thought (perhaps hoped) that President Trump would use military force to deal with Antifastan in Seattle. He didn’t. Instead, he let the city get what they voted for good and hard. Things had to get so bad that rioters appeared in the mayor’s neighborhood before the city’s Inner Party decided the proles had had enough fun.

The rioters in Portland learned from some of Antifiastan’s errors. They stayed off the mayor’s front lawn and were rewarded with control of the night in city. Again, the President has not deployed the military. He’s committed federal civilian law enforcement office to protect federal property and enforce federal law in Portland. So far, it appears that federal civilian law enforcement can deal with the Portland crime wave.

BTW, the federal agents engaged in crowd control and site protection appear to be wearing uniforms with appropriate agency ID information and to have ID numbers visible on their uniforms.

But what if they can’t put the lid back on Portland? What if the situation degenerates into a minor, but full-blown, rebellion?

10 U.S.C. § 251 et seq. is the Insurrection Act. It empowers the President to use the military when it is otherwise impossible to enforce federal law or protect the rights of citizens or to put down a rebellion. The last time it was invoked was for the LA riots in 1992. He can do so over the objections of a state government that is failing to protect the rights of American citizens. The last time that provision was used was in Little Rock in 1957.

Do Governor Kate Brown and Mayor Ted Wheeler really want to go down in the history books with Orville Faubus?

I doubt that the President will have to deploy either to National Guard or other troops. Antifa and BLM don’t appear to have enough real support to be more than oversized street gangs. They’re a crime wave pretending to be an insurrection. When the going gets tough, the posers and soy boys will move along to something is less dangerous. I suspect steady application of civilian policing will turn the tide with the rest.

I Wish I Were Wrong


BLM thugs have murdered an eight-year-old girl because she was riding in a car that tried to enter a store parking lot where the terrorists had set up an illegal roadblock. The black-on-black violence occurred in Atlanta.

Some have said they are shocked by the crime. I’m not. I’ve been expecting something like it. The founder of BLM has said that they are trained marxists. If so, then their underlying worldview sees everything in terms of power struggles. If they want an omelette, they’ll break eggs. Hence, the body count in Antifastan (Seattle), Atlanta, and elsewhere.

The “Summer of Love” is turning out to be deadly. There are times when I wish things would not go as I’ve foreseen.

Antifastan


The Revolution has come to Seattle as a group of secessionist rioters have set up something they are calling the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone. One of their first acts was to build a wall to control immigration. Another was to seek foreign aid because of a famine.

I’d send them some popcorn, but all mine has butter, and that’s an animal product, and they seem to be vegans. I guess I’ll just have to throw another bag in the microwave and eat it myself.

BTW, if you need more popcorn, Amazon has plenty.

That Was Then, This Is Now


Campus Reform reports that Troy Storfjell, a professor from Pacific Christian University, has stated that he “he has no problem if a ‘fascist’ gets ‘beaten up’ by Antifa.” He was referring to reporter Andy Ngo who has been assaulted by Antifa. Prof. Storffjelll appears to be confused about who was wearing a fascist black shirt and was rioting.

Lutheran Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer was unavailable for comment.

Punching Back—Legally: Part Two


Yvette Felarca, an AntiFa organizer, has been ordered to pay $20,000 in attorney’s fees to Judicial Watch as a result of a frivolous lawsuit she filed to try to stop a public records request relating to the relationship between her AntiFa activities and her job as a Berkeley, California. Two of Felarca’s co-plaintiffs were ordered to pay $1,000 each, The judge also held all three plaintiffs jointly and severally liable for an additional $4,000 in Judicial Watch’s litigation expenses.

Felarca is a prominent figure in By Any Means Necessary, a group founded by the Marxist Revolutionary Workers League to protest conservative speakers. Felarca was arrested in 2016 and charged with several crimes, including felony assault, for inciting a riot in Sacramento. Earlier this year, Felarca was ordered to stand trial on the assault charge.

A Note on the First and Second Amendments


Journalist Andy Ngo was attacked last Saturday by a gang of AntiFa thugs because he was exercising his free press rights guaranteed by the First Amendment.

I note that while the First Amendment also grants the right to peaceable assembly, that’s not what AntifFa was doing.

AntiFa’s tactics seem to be spiraling toward ever greater violence. It’s beginning to look as if their expectation that they can act with impunity will lead them to attack someone who is willing to defend himself and prepared to do so. I suspect that they will won’t do well in such a confrontation.

I also suspect that the rank-and-file AntiFa members’ apparent ignorance of history eventually will do them in. When the Sturmabteilung became more trouble than they were worth, the long knives came out. When AntiFa is no longer useful to The Narrative, …

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


When the blogosphere started pushing back on Brett Kimberlin’s attacks on bloggers, one of the places Team Kimberlin sought to spin the narrative was The Daily Kos. Seven years ago today, I ran this post titled In Praise of Thuggery. (At that point in The Saga, I was referring to Kimberlin as “Lord Voldemort” because of the He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named peace order issued against Aaron Walker.)

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The Daily Kos has a profile of Brett Kimberlin Lord Voldemort posted. (H/T, Darth Chipmunk) It contains these words:

Kimberlin has been very effective at countering the right-wing hate spewing machine. Robert Stacey McCain (no relation but just as fascist) decided to attack him for his Activism with children for Justice. Lets just say Robert Stacey McCain is on the run these days. Erick Erickson of CNN fame got a nice little knock on the door. Seth Allen get the message as well. This is what Activists do, shutting down hate speech one individual at a time. If Brett Kimberlin can make a difference by himself, we all can.

Are the Kossacks so bought into the “by any means necessary” that they condone, even praise, criminal thuggery so long as it’s aimed toward the Right?

UPDATE—Matt Ross points out in the comments below that almost all of the commenters responding to the Diary I’ve linked to at The Daily Kos are flagging this as a troll. Could be. If so, it violates kos’s published rules for Diaries, specifically, Rules 15 and 16:

15. Diaries which contain hateful or defamatory writing are prohibited.
16. Diaries which are deliberately designed to inflame are prohibited.

So why isn’t it either prominently marked as suspicious or pulled down?

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There are a some of points to be noted here.

First, whoever wrote that diary entry at The Daily Kos clearly believed (or was admitting) that Kimberlin or someone connected to him was responsible for the SWATting o Erick Erickson. That goes against Kimberlin’s claim in essentially every other venue that he has nothing to do with any SWATing. Also, the writer considers the harassment of Stacy McCain and Erick Erickson to be good deeds.

Second, my question about certain folks on the Left condoning thuggery has been answered with a “Yes” by the likes of Antifa.

Third, it took multiple defeats in court, but The Dread Deadbeat Pro-Se Kimberlin’s lawfare campaign has been beaten. The same sort of persistence of punching back harder than twice as hard now needs to be applied any new thugs.