Assault-style rifles seized near Lee monument in Richmond: Police Reply

This happened a block from my residence. A lot of people in the area are concerned that another Charlottesville is going to happen locally.

News Leader

RICHMOND — Police arrested a man and seized three assault-style rifles and one handgun after a late-night confrontation near the city’s statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, authorities said Friday.

Drivers in several pickup trucks and individuals on bikes exchanged words early Friday near the Lee statue before one of the trucks ran over a bicycle while fleeing the area, police said in a news release.

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Former Knoxville man facing federal arson charge in Nashville courthouse fire Reply

The hero who torched a neo-star chamber.

Knoxville News Sentinel

A former Knoxville man arrested in connection with a fire set at the historic Metro Nashville courthouse now faces a federal arson charge.

Wesley Dale Somers, 25, was charged Wednesday with malicious destruction of property using fire or explosives, according to U.S. Department of Justice news release.

Somers was arrested by Metro Nashville police on state arson charges Sunday night, a day after numerous video clips and photos appeared to show the Hendersonville man smashing a courthouse window and setting a fire inside, following a peaceful “I Will Breathe” rally Saturday night.

“We will always vigorously defend the right of every individual to assemble and protest,” said U.S. Attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee.

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Burning Down the 3rd Police Precinct Changed Everything Reply

I’m not so sure that it did. What I find most fascinating about the recent low-intensity insurrection is not the insurrection itself but the near-total indifference of the ruling class combined with the immediate move of vast sectors of the ruling class to co-opt the insurgency, from the voices of the new clerisy like the New York Times to neo-Rockefellers like Jeff Bezos and neo-Mellons like Bank of America to traditional clerical oligarchs like Rev. Pat Robertson. The most interesting moment of the whole thing was when the true Power Elite/Deep State showed their hand and overruled CEO Trump’s wishes to send out the military to suppress the insurrection.

By Vicky Osterweil

The Nation

Calls to abolish the police are spreading. Dozens of cities are considering cutting police budgets, and police are resigning across the country. In Minneapolis, where the police murdered George Floyd and the insurrection first broke out, the city council is moving to disband the police department. While this would only be a first step toward full abolition—which would require ending all forms of policing, evictions, imprisonment, courts, and racial capitalism—three weeks ago, that a major city would even consider this was unthinkable.

For many who’ve been fighting for police abolition for years, the sudden uptake of these ideas has been disorienting. Gratifying, certainly, but also surprising and overwhelming. Many respond with frustration, as the meaning of abolition is watered down, reduced to defunding or even less drastic reforms. Black people in America have lived through a partial abolition before: The enslaved overthrew the regime of slavery in what W.E.B. Du Bois called the General Strike of the Slaves, only for it to be reinstituted in all but name in convict leasing, sharecropping, Jim Crow, vigilante white terrorism, chain gangs, and prisons. Abolition not accompanied by a social revolution will just be another in the long history of white supremacist “reforms” that allow this settler state to continue as it always has.

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‘The Five’ spar over legitimacy of Seattle’s ‘autonomous zone’ Reply

If these FOX News reactionaries were as “anti-establishment” or “anti-big government” as they pretend they would be creating “autonomous zones” of their own. What a shame they’re really just mouthpieces for the right-wing of the ruling class.

Will CHAZ Be Waco’d? 2

They will be if the state decides they are an actual threat. For the CHAZ idea to develop into an actual revolutionary situation, it would have to spread very rapidly and come to dominate significant bodies of geographical territory in North America, with significant numbers of sympathetic allies elsewhere. If the state felt genuinely threatened, they would likely respond with the massive activation of police and National Guard at every level, followed by the use of the actual military, the erection of blockades as a starve out tactic, and attacking revolutionary enclaves with phosphorous bombs and chemical weapons.  If mass defections from the police and military took place, the System would replace them with troops procured from other nations or with mercenaries gathered from around the world.

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Ingraham: Democrats cancel America Reply

I totally disagree with Laura here, but not for the usual reasons.

So far I have actually seen very little “canceling America” going on in the present uprising. Unlike Berkeley or Charlottesville, which were low-grade sports riots carried out by rookie-league middle-class gangs, the present uprising is a genuine fourth-generation insurgency, albeit one of very low intensity.

But it’s “anti-American” character is doubtful. I haven’t seen much anti-Americanism thus far. I’ve seen plenty of anti-Confederatism, celebrating the death of a state that died 155 years ago. Today, Confederate nostalgia is a regional fetish (like Cajun food) that only deep red zone inhabitants have any remaining interest in. I’ve seen plenty of anti-Spanish Empirism but the Spanish Empire was expelled from the Western hemisphere in the 19th century, with its final defeat coming at the hands of the nascent American Empire in the Spanish-American War. I’ve seen plenty of anti-Red Tribism, anti-Trumpism, and, perhaps on the margins, actual anti-WASPism. But not much anti-Americanism.

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Trump Says Domestic Terrorists Have Taken Over Seattle 2

Thank goodness Donald Trump is President, a figure that is widely hated, disliked, or disdained by all but a relatively small number of hard-core supporters. He’s an easy figure to hate, especially for the Left, and symbolizes ruling class excess. It would suck if during the present moment some faux nice guy like Obama was the Prez.

By Keith Griffith

Daily Mail

Protesters who have formed a free zone in Seattle to keep police out spent the night dancing in the street, dining on free vegan pizza and watching movies under the watch of armed guards, after being deemed ‘domestic terrorists’ by a furious President Trump who has ordered Democrats to regain control of the city.

The protesters have formed a six-block area they are now calling CHAZ – Capital Hill Autonomous Zone – in revolt against the police.

There are armed people there but the majority, according to those at the scene, are peaceful. Some Seattle residents say they have walked through the area with their dogs at night and that it is ‘more peaceful’ than when the National Guard were there.  There are free stations offering sunscreen, hand sanitizer and snacks, and plant and flower gardens have been set up.

On Wednesday night, the occupants voted on a movie to watch in the street. They settled on the 1990 film Paris is Burning.

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One Mexican town revolts against violence and corruption. Six years in, its experiment is working Reply

There are three basic tasks in front of the insurgents: Overthrowing the system, prevention of the erection of a new tyranny, and preventing inter-tribal warfare.

This is how it’s done. We need tens of thousands of Seattles to become thousands of Cherans, followed by a Romania 1989 situation, with hundreds of thousands of Cherans expanding throughout the Empire.

Yes, we can.

By Patrick J. McDonnell

Los Angeles Times

Checkpoints staffed by men with assault rifles, camouflage and body armor greet visitors at the three major entrances to this town.

The guards are not soldiers, police officers, drug enforcers or vigilantes. They are members of homegrown patrols that have helped keep Cheran a bastion of tranquillity within one of Mexico’s most violent regions.

The town of 20,000 sits in the northwest corner of Michoacan, a state where authorities say at least 599 people were killed between January and May, an increase of almost 40% compared with the same period last year. Cheran hasn’t had a slaying or other serious crime since early 2011.

That was the year that residents, most of them indigenous and poor, waged an insurrection and declared self-rule in hopes of ridding themselves of the ills that plague so much of Mexico: raging violence, corrupt politicians, a toothless justice system and gangs that have expanded from drug smuggling to extortion, kidnapping and illegal logging.

Six years in, against all odds, Cheran’s experiment appears to be working.

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Protesters kick out cops and set up six-block ‘autonomous zone’ as a memorial to George Floyd before taking over Seattle City Hall to demand mayor’s resignation 1

So how do six blocks become 600 blocks and then 600 cities? That is the question.

By Rachel Floyd

Daily Mail

Around 300 protesters marched inside the lobby at around 9p.m. Tuesday, carrying Black Lives Matter banners and chanting ‘Durkan must go!’ 

The group was led by Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant who unlocked the building and welcomed the protesters inside 

The crowd stayed around an hour before marching to the autonomous zone

Protesters took over a six-block radius around the East Police Precinct Monday calling it the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, after cops retreated from the area

Calls are mounting for Mayor Jenny Durkan to resign from her role

Sawant blames her for the ‘violence and brutality’ of cops against protesters 

Earlier Tuesday a Black Lives Matter group sued Seattle over the ‘unnecessary violence’ carried out by cops against protesters 

Durkan and Seattle police banned tear gas for 30 days Friday after coming under fire for heavy tactics but cops were seen using it just two days later  

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How to Abolish the Police: Lessons from Rojava 1

In the last week, we have seen another horrific case of police brutality emerge in the United States with the senseless murder of George Floyd. Following inadequate police response public outrage ensued as the four police officers responsible were only ‘fired’ without further consequence. Mass riots and protests occurred across multiple cities, and continue to occur. The common cry of the oppressed has revolved around the idea of “no justice no peace”. This phenomenon raises the essential question of how a system deeply entrenched in a bloody history founded on white supremacy, capitalism, and colonialism ever provide true and meaningful justice? Some call for police reforms. Others have called for redistribution of funds. Some have argued that abolishing the police is the best option. Many, even on the Left cannot imagine such a system ever being viable.

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Protesters ask for name changes and end to racism at Hanover County Public Schools Reply

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Anarchists & ‘Antifa’ occupy Seattle police station abandoned by ‘regime’ forces, set up ‘Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone’ 2

I seriously doubt it is only anarchists or Antifa who are involved in this even in a deep blue zone like Seattle.  The uprisings over the past couple of weeks are too massive to be driven by “extremist” groups of any kind. I’ve been observing movements like that for decades, and they’re not large enough to carry out things like what has been happening recently.
Russia Today
After police in Seattle, Washington retreated from the Capitol Hill neighborhood, protesters took over the abandoned ‘regime’ precinct and erected barricades to mark an ‘autonomous zone’ for several blocks around it.

Six blocks of downtown Seattle have been declared the ‘Free Capitol Hill Zone’ or ‘Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone’ (CHAZ), according to area activists that have taken control of Seattle PD’s East Precinct, on 12th Avenue and E. Pine Street.

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In Klamath Falls, Oregon, victory declared over antifa, which never showed up 6

The Antifa always run away or lose when they actually get into a confrontation with those who know how to fight. They got into it with some Nazis in Sacramento a few years ago, and even though the Antifa outnumbered their opponents 6 to1 they ended taking casualties 6 to 1 in terms of the number of people stabbed.

By Brandy Zadrozny and Ben Collins

NBC News

About 200 protesters came to Sugarman’s Corner, the local hotspot in downtown Klamath Falls, Oregon, last Sunday night to protest the killing of George Floyd.

Like in many of the protests that have recently sprung up in cities across the United States, the group was made up of white, black and Latino people, members of the Native American Klamath Tribes and people in the LGBTQ communities: a diverse coalition in a county of 68,000 where 9 out of every 10 residents are white, according to Census estimates. They held signs, many of which have become common during recent protests: “Black Lives Matter” and “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Though it was a small gathering, they had company.

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Rebellions Get Results: A List So Far Reply

Brian Bean

Rampart Mag

Today marks two weeks since George Floyd was murdered by the Minneapolis police and two weeks of revolt that spread into a nation-wide and ongoing American uprising against policing and anti-Black racism. As flames engulfed buildings and cruisers were destroyed alongside police precincts, some liberals have wrung their hands and bemoaned the rebellion, arguing that riots were counterproductive and less effective than “peaceful protest” or official channels. Similarly, some on the left have long had a tendency to undervalue the centrality of crisis and the swiftness of change brought about by rebellion. They argue that change takes place through gradualist means, that people naturally gravitate towards the path of least resistance, working through existing institutions, and long-term campaigns, especially electoral ones, to make change.

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Libya Unity Government Claims Full Control of Tripoli, Suburbs Reply

The Defense Post

Libya’s UN-recognised unity government said Thursday that it was back in full control of the capital and its suburbs after more than a year of fighting off an offensive by eastern strongman Khalifa Haftar.

“Our heroic forces have full control of Greater Tripoli right up to the city limits,” Mohamad Gnounou, spokesman for the forces of the Government of National Accord (GNA), said in a Facebook post.

The announcement came after GNA forces retook the capital’s civilian airport on Wednesday, more than a year after losing it in Haftar’s initial drive on the capital. The airport, in Tripoli’s southern outskirts, had been disused since 2014 when it was heavily damaged in fighting between rival militias.

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A Message Written in Fire: In Defense of Social Upheaval Reply

By Nicky Reid aka Comrade Hermit

Exile in Happy Valley

It always ends this way, you can almost set your watch to it. A glamorous soirée rambling into the wee hours of the morning in an opulent townhouse on a tony tree lined street of any given international city. The kind of event held for some obscure charity to save a species of bird that likely never existed as anything but excuse for a deceptively benevolent orgy like this. Glamorous beautiful people with household names, dressed to the nine in three-piece-suits and silk gowns that cost more than most people will see in a lifetime. Ornate ballrooms echo with the bellowing sounds of the kind of excess that only this kind of downright flammable income can afford. Senators and Wall Street bankers dry hump underage courtesans, slurping Champaign twice their age and snorting Scarface-grade amounts of the same kind of narcotics they have twelve year old children of color locked up for decades for peddling in dime bags. Obnoxious plastic debutantes force theatrical laughter at racist jokes delivered by the direct descendants of Mayflower monsters and slave drivers. The only people of color are token police chiefs dressed like ornate African dictators. The only poor people are servants and the victims of white slavery, but suddenly they become very scarce.

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Santa Cruz County deputy killed, 2 other officers shot in ambush Reply

This may be an isolated incident, and the reason for it is unclear, but this is the kind of thing that happens in guerrilla insurgencies.

Associated Press

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A Santa Cruz County sheriff’s deputy was killed and two other law enforcement officers were wounded when they were shot Saturday while making an arrest, authorities said.

Sgt. Damon Gutzwiller was shot and killed in Ben Lomond, an unincorporated area near Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County Sheriff Jim Hart said. A second deputy was injured, and a third officer, from the California Highway Patrol, was shot in his hand, Hart said.

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Black Lives Matter leader declares war on police and group is ‘training our people to defend our communities’ in Black Panther style armed ‘patrols’ Reply

By Ryan Parry

Daily Mail

A Black Lives Matter leader has declared war on the police and plans to release a blueprint for change that involves Black Panther style armed ‘patrols’ monitoring the behavior of officers on the streets, DailyMailTV can reveal.

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Tucker Carlson’s ‘Law And Order’ Speech Didn’t Go As Planned… 1

Kyle Kulinski has an interesting rebuttal to Carlson’s Hobbesian-Burkean perspective.

In his more serious and intelligent moments, Carlson is simply making the Hobbesian argument that order must be maintained at all costs in order for civilization to exist with considerations of “justice,” whatever their merit, being a secondary or tertiary concern.  A similar argument could have been made to defend the rule of Saddam Hussein or Muammar Qaddafi, particularly given what happened to Iraq and Libya post-US/NATO invasion.  Carlson is also making a Burkean argument that whatever the problems with existing institutions, merely burning them down typically makes things even worse. I can respect such arguments even if they’re a bit one-dimensional.

Kulinksi is making the perfectly reasonable observation that the insurrectionists were hardly the ones that started the fight, and that the lumpen violence of the insurrectionists pales in comparison to the institutionalized violence of the power elite. Looting Target is kindergarten compared to killing a million people in the Middle East. But Kyle, unfortunately, falls back on the liberal idealization of the “rule of law.” The law, as anarchists have always pointed out, is primarily an instrument of political, economic, and economic subjugation with the positive benefits of law (like “order”) largely being incidental or geared to serve ruling class interests. OF COURSE, the state is inconsistent in the enforcement of its own laws. Consistency is not the objective. Maintaining power is the objective.