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Sister of suspected Portland shooter Michael Reinoehl ‘relieved’ feds killed him

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The sister of Portland shooting suspect Michael Forest Reinoehl was both “relieved and also disappointed” by her brother’s death Thursday — and now fears it will kick off a fresh wave of violence.

April Reinoehl said she knew her Antifa-supporting brother’s death was only a matter of time. But she was shocked to learn it was a US Marshals task force — and not right-wing supporters — that took him out in Washington State.

“I wouldn’t say at this point that this counts as bad news. It’s just more news,” April told the Daily Mail, which broke the news of Michael’s killing in a phone call.

“Honestly I didn’t expect it to be the police, I expected it to be the people who had a contract out for him. I was expecting the angry population of people who were out for blood.”

April, who was estranged from the security guard, 48, expects that his death will spur even more violence.

The body of Michael Reinoehl is lifted onto a stretcher after being shot by federal police in Portland, Oregon.
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“Now we’ve got two martyrs. That’s how the two opposing sides are going to want to spin it,” she said, referring to Aaron “Jay” Danielson, the Trump supporter Michael allegedly shot and killed last weekend during heated protests in Portland.

“Hatred begets hatred. Anybody who saw him, in their eyes, standing up for the plight of the black people, being killed by a police officer, this is going to validate their feelings in their minds of all the anger that they have – whether or not it’s correct or righteous,” April said.

Michael Reinoehl

The teacher and mom of two described Michael as “impulsive” who let his “worst emotions guide his actions” — and then tried to rationalize them afterward. She also believed he wouldn’t go down with a fight.

“So I’m not surprised he got himself killed. I’m surprised a police officer did it,” she said. “I’m relieved and also disappointed by that.”

April explained, “At least it wasn’t vigilante justice that got him, because I think that would actually be worse. It would feed the violence a lot more.

“But at the same time, the nationwide dispute is very highly black people versus officers, and now you have a member of Antifa killed by an officer. So I can imagine things are going to get worse again.”

Witnesses said Michael exchanged heavy gunfire with feds using what looked like an assault rifle outside an apartment complex in Tanglewilde, Washington, just outside Lacey. Authorities said four officers opened fire, striking and killing him.

The US Marshals task force, comprised of local and state law enforcement officers, were attempting to arrest Michael on a warrant issued out of Portland earlier in the day.

April, 36, said that while she barely knew her older brother, she was mourning his death — and worried about his two children, an 18-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter, who were already trying to come to terms that their father could be a murderer.

Aaron “Jay” Danielson

“I’m pretty sure they’re already both pretty thoroughly devastated,” she said. “I don’t imagine they’re going to take it well.”

April identified her brother to police after the deadly Portland shooting, saying he was verbally abusive to their dementia-stricken mother and in a “downward spiral” of debt after a failed career as a professional snowboarder.

Michael — who described himself as “100% Antifa” — was killed the same day a Vice News interview aired in which he said he acted in self-defense when he shot Danielson on Saturday.

“I had no choice,” he said. “I mean, I, I had a choice. I could have sat there and watched them kill a friend of mine of color. I wasn’t going to do that.”

Cuomo: Trump ‘Better Have an Army’ If He Visits New York City

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned President Donald Trump on Wednesday night that he’d “better have an army” if he visits New York City, shortly after the president said he would review federal funding to certain state and local governments that “are permitting anarchy, violence, and destruction in American cities.”

“He can’t have enough bodyguards to walk through New York City,” Cuomo told reporters. “Forget bodyguards, he’d better have an army if he thinks he’s going to walk down the streets in New York.”

The governor accused Trump of having a grudge against New York City because it “knows him for the joke he is.”

“My comment about the President’s bodyguards in New York City, all I’m saying is that he is persona non grata in New York City and I think he knows that and he’ll never come back to New York because New Yorkers will never forget how gratuitously mean he has been to New Yorkers and how many times he as tried to kill the city that gave him his start and that birthed him. That’s what I meant,” he added.

A spokesman for the governor told The Epoch Times via email that interpreting Cuomo’s remarks as a threat would be incorrect.

“The Governor’s point was that Trump is persona non grata in New York City because people will remember what he has tried to do to New York — and the President knows this, which is why he moved his residency to Florida,” he said.

The Epoch Times has contacted the White House for comment.

The Trump campaign said in a social media statement: “Has he seen the crime rates in New York City lately? Most people need an Army to protect them there.”

Cuomo’s comments came as Trump signed a memorandum late Wednesday ordering all federal executive departments and agencies to submit a report to the director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) detailing all federal funds that have been provided to Seattle, Portland, New York City, Washington, “or any components or instrumentalities of the foregoing jurisdictions.”

Within 14 days of the order, OMB Director Russell Vought must issue guidance to the federal agencies to submit their reports.

The order notes that anarchy has taken over several states and cities across the nation over the past few months, adding that a number of state and local governments have “contributed to the violence and destruction in their jurisdictions by failing to enforce the law, disempowering and significantly defunding their police departments, and refusing to accept offers of federal law enforcement assistance.”

The memo adds that violence and destruction have as a result “continued unabated.”

Trump in a statement Monday accused New York City officials of allowing violence and looting to spike in the city in recent months, noting that both Mayor Bill de Blasio and Cuomo rejected his offer to provide federal law enforcement assistance despite the rise in violence.

He noted a rising number of shootings, with 896 as of Aug. 16 this year compared to 492 in the same period in 2019, and pointed out that there has been a 177 percent increase in shootings in July compared to last year. Arrests “have plummeted” even though there is an “unconscionable rise in violence,” Trump wrote.

Police officials have cited the disbanding of the NYPD’s plainclothes anti-crime units as a reason behind the increase in violence, the president pointed out. Trump also noted how Mayor de Blasio and the New York City council agreed to cut funding from the NYPD budget, which he said included cancelling the hiring of 1,163 officers.

“My administration will not allow federal tax dollars to fund cities that allow themselves to deteriorate into lawless zones,” the president stated in the memo. “To ensure that federal funds are neither unduly wasted nor spent in a manner that directly violates our government’s promise to protect life, liberty, and property, it is imperative that the federal government review the use of federal funds by jurisdictions that permit anarchy, violence, and destruction in America’s cities.

“It is also critical to ensure that federal grants are used effectively, to safeguard taxpayer dollars entrusted to the federal government for the benefit of the American people.”

Calling the president a “tabloid cartoon,” Cuomo said he doesn’t expect much will come of Trump’s memo, as he dismissed it as a “political statement.”

“He thinks he’s a king. He’s not,” the governor said. “There’s a Constitution and law, not that he knows anything about that. He’s not going to do anything because there are laws. I don’t believe anything will come of this, it’s just a political statement.”

“It’s cheap, it’s political and it’s gratuitous,” he added.

Zachary Stieber and Mimi Nguyen Ly contributed to this report.

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Antifa Killer of Trump Supporter in Portland Was Arrested in June Drag Racing with Son While Drunk and Arrested Last Month with a Gun But Charges Were Dropped

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We reported yesterday that the anonymous message board 4chan once again, beat the media to identifying a violent rioter.

On Saturday night, a Portland Black Lives Matter militant shot and killed a member of the pro-Trump group Patriot Prayer.

Within minutes of the shooting, 4chan users got to work, and within hours… they had a name.

The message board quickly claimed that the shooter is Michael Reinoehl, 48, of Portland.

The Nationalist Review wrote in their in-depth report, “the 48-year-old ‘professional snowboarder’ was previously featured on a Bloomberg promo for the riots where he described himself as part of the rioter’s security apparatus. Reinoehl touted his military experience and described events that led up to him receiving a bullet grazing on his arm. In the video, a neck tattoo identical to the shooter’s own tattoo is seen on his neck.”

Watch the interview here:

The shooter appeared to have a bandage wrapped around one of his arms to his elbow, the same way that Reinoehl’s arm was wrapped in the Bloomberg video.

Rioters in the city cheered and celebrated the murder by one of their peers.

Now it is being reported that the shooter, Reinoehl, is a member of Antifa and was arrested at the Portland protests last month on allegations of possessing a loaded gun in a public place, resisting arrest and interfering with police” but the charges were promptly dropped.

The Oregonian reports:

Reinoehl’s posts indicate he attended many protests in Portland that began three months ago after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis under the knee of a police officer.

On July 5 at one of the demonstrations, Reinoehl was cited at 2:10 a.m. in the 700 block of Southwest Main Street on allegations of possessing a loaded gun in a public place, resisting arrest and interfering with police

He was given a date to appear in court later that month, but the allegations were dropped on July 30 with a “no complaint,” according to court records. The documents don’t indicate why prosecutors decided not to pursue the accusations. Reinoehl spent no time behind bars.

Brent Weisberg, a spokesman for Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt, said the office is still reviewing that July case involving Reinoehl.

We also have uncovered that Reinoehl was arrested in June for driving 111 mph drunk racing his teenage son:

The Baker City Herald said:

A Clackamas man and his teenage son were both arrested early Monday after an Oregon State Police trooper saw the pair apparently racing at over 100 mph in separate vehicles on Interstate 84 near North Powder.

The father, Michael Forest Reinoehl, 48, was charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance, recklessly endangering another person and unlawful possession of a firearm. He was also cited for driving while uninsured, driving while suspended, and for speeding.

His 17-year-old son, whose name was not listed in a police report, was charged with driving under the influence of marijuana and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Whoever let this killer go should be held partially accountable for the death of Aaron Danielson,a Trump supporter in Portland.

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AOC Silent on Democrat Apology for Slavery, Segregation, the Klan

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Before the Democratic Convention began, I inquired of the supposedly very race-conscious Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — through her press office — of the following:

Dear Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez:

This is Jeffrey Lord from The American Spectator.

With the approach of the Democratic National Convention amid the current racial turmoil in America, and the announcement that you will be speaking at the convention, will you be introducing a resolution that calls on your party to apologize for its repeated support for slavery, Jim Crow laws, and the Ku Klux Klan?

Congressman Louie Gohmert of Texas has introduced a Privileged Resolution in the House quite specifically listing the Democratic Party platforms supporting slavery. There were five: 1840, 1844, 1848, 1852, 1856. He has also specifically cited efforts by your party that “systematically suppressed African-Americans’ right to vote” and condemned your party’s support for the Ku Klux Klan.

Is it not time for your party to adopt a resolution apologizing for its repeated support of slavery, segregation and the Ku Klux Klan? And will you be introducing a resolution demanding that your party finally apologize for all of this? And if not — why not?

And the answer to my question of whether the Congresswoman would propose a resolution at the DNC that demands her party apologize for its well–on the record support over the centuries for slavery, segregation, and the Klan?

Silence. Stone-cold silence. For that matter no move on getting the party to apologize has been made by the supposedly race-conscious members of AOC’s so-called “Squad.” CBS News describes the Squad this way:

They are known as “the Squad” — four progressive Democratic congresswomen of color who have become the new face of the Democratic Party, whether you like it or not. All four were elected to the House last year and became part of the most diverse Congress in U.S. history.

Progressive? How “progressive” can they possibly be if they cannot denounce their party’s repeated outright racist policies, policies that Texas Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert detailed in his landmark House Resolution? As I wrote in this space the other week, Congressman Gohmert has called out Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her party for the party’s repeated, on-the-record support for slavery, segregation, and the Klan, not to mention its deep ties to the Confederacy.

As Congressman Gohmert wrote in Breitbart:

Many on the left and their willing accomplices in the media would tell you otherwise, yet a cursory examination of our nation’s factual history and records proves the riots and chaos that have swept across our country in recent months stand as a devastating reminder of the racist policies and values held by the Democratic Party throughout much of its history.

Because of this, I introduced a privileged resolution in the House calling upon Congress to acknowledge the indecorous history of the Democratic Party. I asked that the Speaker of the House be instructed to ban any political organization or political party that ever publicly supported slavery or the Confederate States of America.…

On June 18th of this year, Speaker Nancy Pelosi ordered the removal of portraits from the Capitol building honoring four previous Speakers of the House — all of whom were Democrats. That was a good start on the job that she should now finish if she is going to avoid blatant hypocrisy.…

Efforts by Democrats to destroy all public traces of their own history of supporting slavery, the Confederacy, and segregation in an attempt to shift blame onto Republicans must no longer go unchallenged. It is time for Democrats to play by their own rules, and accept the standards they have forced onto everyone else. They must divest themselves of their name that has denied so many the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Their recent actions demand nothing less. Instead of canceling our culture and history, it’s time to #CancelDemocrats.

Suddenly the supposedly very race-conscious Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez and her Squad colleagues fell unaccountably silent. Just as she fell silent to me when specifically asked if she would use the Democratic Convention to demand, at long last, an apology for her party’s blatant racism.

The Congresswoman even had a literal minute at the virtual DNC podium in which she could have introduced her resolution — and mysteriously the virtual cat had her virtual tongue.

All of which means one very simple thing. Like her slave-owning, segregationist, Klan-supporting Democrat Party forebears, race for AOC and the Squad is nothing more than a tool to be used to push the progressive agenda of the moment.

Shameful. But good to know — and remember.

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Tara Reade says Democrats ‘complicit’ in sexual assault by ignoring Biden accusations

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Joe Biden’s sexual assault accuser Tara Reade on Thursday accused the Democratic Party of “gaslighting” survivors by mishandling her claims and said the four-day convention had been “traumatizing” to watch, according to a Fox News report.

The California woman who went public in March with allegations Biden shoved her against a wall and forcibly penetrated her with his fingers at a Capitol Hill office building in 1993, said she would also speak at the Republican National Convention if invited.

“They’re pretending that they’re the upholders of the ‘Me Too’ like a shield but meanwhile, some of their main Democratic elites, some of the main powerful people involved with the party are actually perpetrators themselves,” Reade, 56, told the publication.

“And frankly, I think the Democratic National Committee is complicit because they’re not just ignoring it. They’re participating in it … and enabling those perpetrators,” she continued.

In an interview with The Post last week, Reade also demanded to know why former president Bill Clinton — another Democrat accused of sexual assault — had been given a top speaking slot, calling the move “unconscionable.”

“It is unconscionable that Bill Clinton is a main speaker, and this is coming from someone who voted for him. This is coming from a multi-generational Democrat,” she said, maintaining that Clinton is a sexual predator.

Juanita Broaddrick, the woman who maintains Bill Clinton raped her in 1978 in Arkansas, told The Post she too was also disappointed by the ex-president’s speaking slot.

“This leaves no doubt the Democrats are the party of rape apologists and enablers. There are no words to express my profound revulsion at their decision,” Broaddrick told The Post.

Both Clinton and Biden have denied the accusations.

Reade disappeared from the headlines after lobbing the shocking allegations at Biden which allies of the now-Democratic nominee said were totally out of character.

“I lost everything coming forward. I lost my work, housing, money, everything because I spoke out against one of the most powerful members of the Democratic Party,” she told Fox News.

It’s not implausible that Reade be invited to the RNC after Trump met with Broaddrick and other Clinton accusers in 2016 before taking the debate stage with the former president’s wife, Hillary Clinton.

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Biden: A Diminished Trojan Horse With an Army of Marxist Transformers Inside

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Some conservative pundits and strategists have opined that it may not be prudent for President Trump and the Republicans to make too big a deal about Joe Biden’s cognitive challenges. If pro-Trump opposition goes all in on terms like dementia, senility, or, as President Trump defines Biden’s mental condition, “not all there,” they risk setting the expectation bar so low that all Biden has to do is stay afloat during the presidential debates and at whatever politically organic (not wholly-orchestrated) campaign appearances he might make.

The case was made that if Trump and his surrogates condition voters to expect a doddering, rambling, and often incoherent candidate, Biden can beat the expectation game by simply mouthing pre-approved answers to most conceivable questions and sticking to the script.

On the eve of his acceptance speech at the Democratic convention, it is generally understood on both sides of the aisle that the “Biden’s okay, he’s just being Joe” narrative is kaput.  Everybody knows that, sadly, the former VP is not quite hitting on all cylinders. What we have here is a rickety old Trojan Horse the left hopes to wheel back through the gates of governance.

What to do with that?

Biden was not even able to successfully get through wife Jill’s remarks on night two of the convention. What should have been a poignant moment for the Dem ticket served only as another reminder about Mr. Biden’s seeming inability to deliver off-the-cuff the most patent campaign fluff.

Let’s look at some narrative themes that define the 2020 election. Attuned conservatives fully understand the Democrat “chaos campaign,” and the Biden campaign’s “basement strategy.” On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Republican “Biden as a cognitive shell of his former self” narrative has been anything but subtle. Sean Hannity has a Biden gaffe/impairment reel that provokes both laughter and the pull-back reserve that comes with knowing a person is cognitively impaired.

Laughing at cognitive decline is uncomfortable. Even pointing out such decline in the context of unrelenting partisan politics is something nobody really wants to have to do. One wishes the opposition candidate was still in possession of all mental faculties. Under normal circumstances, policy differences could be vigorously debated, and contrasts made, without having to resort to highlighting the fact that the other party’s standard-bearer is certifiably suffering from loss of synaptic function.

And for that reason, would be a disaster if elected to the highest office in the land.

Nobody wants to have to witheringly attack a person in the throes of illnesses like Alzheimer’s disease. Millions of Americans have loved ones or know people who suffer from impaired cognition and memory loss. Just like such diseases present symptoms ranging from mild disruption to complete loss of brain function, the emotional reaction to such diagnoses in people close to those afflicted, depending on the severity of the illness, runs the gamut from manageable grief to life-altering crisis.

Conservatives recall with sadness President Ronald Reagan’s descent in to full-blown Alzheimer’s, and first lady Nancy’s heroic last stand in support of her husband. Reagan was long out of office before experiencing the debilitating phase of the disease.

But if he wins, Joe Biden won’t be.

All the more reason, however disagreeable the task, to focus attention on Biden’s cognitive challenges, and the apparent impairment in his ability to maintain smooth transitions of thought and render them in complete sentences.  We’re talking here about diminishment evident even to staunch Dem operatives like James Carville and Terry McAuliffe.

Democrats hope to obfuscate and divert from the issue of their candidate’s mental condition; Republicans and the Trump campaign must continue raising questions about the cognition of the man to whom the national electorate might hand the keys to the kingdom.

Which brings us to this election year’s other big narrative: Biden as Trojan Horse for a swarm of America-haters. A timeworn, once-was “moderate” on the precipice of collapse, being pushed onstage by forces whose aim is to change the nation forever.

On this point, it bears mentioning that even if Joe Biden was not in cognitive decline, even if he was still as sharp a tack as he ever was, he would remain a menacing electoral threat to the American way of life.

Biden’s mental state won’t matter once the DNC, the ingrate Squad, Pelosi, Schumer, Feinstein, Schiff, the detestable Maxine Waters, and the rest of the extremist Democrats get their hands on the levers of power. Even at the peak of his powers, Old Joe could not stave off what these people have in store for America. The fact, incontrovertible now, that Biden is beset by cognitive decline, only makes it easier for them if they can get this rickety warhorse over the finish line. Once wheeled back into the internals of governance, he will become a functionary figure whose presidency sets the stage for an army of Marxist transformers.

And don’t think for a minute that Senator Chameleon Harris will suddenly get in touch with her inner moderate once she’s one tremulous heartbeat away from the presidency. She will reach full flower as the Democratic Socialist enabler-in-chief.

There’s a big difference between a propensity for committing gaffes and neurological impairment.

The former occurs when a person ostensibly in full possession of mental acuity makes mistakes, says wrong things, or tellingly misspeaks, like when Biden said “Poor kids are just as smart as white kids.” Such gaffe-making can be amusing.

The latter is a sad thing to behold, nothing to laugh about. But in order to derail this unprecedentedly awful Democratic ticket, Trump and the Republicans will have to highlight both.

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Biden May Not Want to Defund the Police, but It’s Going to Take a Lot More Than That

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So how’s that “Defund the Police” thing looking?

In New York, at least, I’d say not so great.

As I covered recently, Mayor Bill de Blasio — who, to the tune of soaring officer retirement, cut the police budget by $1.5 billion and high-fived himself over a record-setting low prison population — is currently the owner of an incredible crime spree.

And, of course, the Defund movement’s had a substantial impact on shopping:

Well, big news: Joe Biden’s not into it.

So says DNC communications director Xochitl Hinojosa.

Speaking to FNC program America’s Newsroom Wednesday, Xochitl insisted the Biden campaign does “not support defunding the police.”

Well, does the campaign support the police policing? 

‘Cause, as noted by RedState’s Nick Arama, we’re currently seeing a bit of this (Language Warning):

I’m not sure a stiff position on law and order’s been sufficiently laid out, but here’s how Xochitl put it:

“The campaign has been very clear when it comes to defunding the police. They do not support defunding the police, and I don’t know how many times we have to say this on this network or others, but that is the case.”

As noted by The Daily Wire, newly-minted VP candidate Kamala Harris — a former prosecutor — hasn’t had so much to say.

Xochitl was responding to an op-ed by The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Riley.

From the article:

Once a tough-on-crime prosecutor, she now can’t answer a simple question about defunding the police.

When asked if Kamala would address the Defund movement during the DNC, Xochitl played it coy:

“What you will hear from Kamala Harris is you will hear that she will be a steady leader and ready to lead on day one.”

Per Xochitl, you should prepare to be united:

“And a Joe Biden-Kamala Harris presidency is one that will lift people up, unite our country, and make sure that with the unrest happening all across this country that we’re doing everything we can to bring people together. We are about inclusion, not exclusion, and that’s what you will see in our program over these four nights versus next week, you will see divisiveness, you will see chaos. That is exactly what we expect from Republicans next week.”

We’ll see chaos? Bold move.

Back to cops, host Sandra Smith pressed:

“So you will talk about the fact that you’ve got police retiring in record numbers across the country, a drop in morale that is harmful to people who don’t feel safe in some of our streets? Is that a guarantee we’re going to hear about that tonight? Because that’s been missing from the last couple nights.”

Xochitl asserted Joe’s on top of racial justice, and he’s previously said cops are good folks.

“At the same time,” she continued, “we need to make sure that we are providing law enforcement the tools they need and the training that they need in order to do their jobs, and right now the Trump administration hasn’t done that.”

It seems to me the Trump administration isn’t supposed to be training local law enforcement. But either way, the DNC’s got a ways to go to prove they’re anti-unrest and pro law enforcement.

After all, Squad member Ayanna Pressley appeared to recently call for more of it:

And Black Lives Matter — a group with which Democrats have aligned themselves — recently offered the following:

It appears the Democrats have painted themselves into quite a corner. Similarly to 2016, in the months leading up to an election, they’ve defined themselves in some of the most far-Left ways possible. That won’t bode well with voters in the middle, whose support — as observed by BET found Bob Johnson last year — is necessary for victory.

They’re in a bit of the same spot all over.

If the Democrats want to turn it around, in my view, it’ll take a lot more than just saying they don’t want to fire cops.

Otherwise, they’ve done to their chances the same black-suited revolutionaries they’ve condoned have done to major American cities.

-ALEX

See more pieces from me:

Call the Puh-lease: Democrats Are Indignant as the NYPD Officially Endorses Donald Trump for President

South Dakota – a State That Never Shut Down – Declines Trump’s Unemployment Extension Because They Don’t Need It

Talk About Privilege: Public University Will Pay Race Revolutionary $20,000 For a Speech On ‘White Fragility’

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Portland Government office set on fire after 200 strong mob smash windows

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Yet ANOTHER riot is declared in Portland on 83rd night of trouble: 200-strong mob of protesters ‘rallying for BLM and the total abolition of prison system and police force’ torch city’s famous Multnomah Building

  • A group of around 200 protesters marched to the city’s Multnomah Building – the county seat of government
  • There they smashed windows and sparked a blaze by pushing lit newspapers through the windows  
  • Portland police declared a riot at around 11:30 p.m., on the 83rd consecutive day of protests in the city 
  • The demonstration is said to have remained peaceful for more than an hour, but protesters started to set fire to dumpsters and broke windows, and after about an hour, small fires could be seen inside the building
  • People were seen throwing stones through windows, followed by flaming materials, setting the office ablaze 
  •  Two people were arrested; there were also reports of a stabbing and a shooting in the city overnight

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Portland police declared yet another riot Tuesday night on the 83rd consecutive day of protests after a 200-strong mob of protesters torched the city’s famous Multnomah Building. 

The group had marched to the county seat of government for the first time, smashing windows and sparking a blaze by pushing lit newspapers through the windows. One image shows the protesters had marked a window to the building with the graffiti: ‘Aim here.’

Demonstrations that often turn violent have racked Oregon’s biggest city for more than two months following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Video taken Tuesday night shows protesters calling for ‘no cops, no prisons, total abolition’. 

According to Oregon Live, the demonstration remained peaceful for more than an hour, but protesters started to set fire to dumpsters and broke windows, and after about an hour, small fires could be seen inside the building. Police said lighter fluid was also sprayed inside the Multnomah. 

People could be seen throwing stones through the windows, followed by flaming materials, setting the office ablaze. Some were carrying shields and wearing helmets and gas masks, according to law enforcement.

Police later tweeted to tell protesters the ‘gathering had been declared a riot’, ordering those there to disperse. There were also reports of a stabbing and a shooting in the city overnight.  

Two people were arrested – 23-year-old Jesse Hawk and Peter Curtis, 40. Hawk was charged with riot, interfering with a peace officer, resisting arrest, unlawful use of a weapon, assaulting a public safety officer, harassment, disorderly conduct II, and attempted escape. Curtis was charged with attempt criminal mischief and reckless endangering. 

A group of around 200 protesters marched to the city's Multnomah Building - the county seat of government - for the first time, smashing windows and sparking a blaze by pushing lit newspapers through the windows

A group of around 200 protesters marched to the city's Multnomah Building - the county seat of government - for the first time, smashing windows and sparking a blaze by pushing lit newspapers through the windows

A group of around 200 protesters marched to the city’s Multnomah Building – the county seat of government – for the first time, smashing windows and sparking a blaze by pushing lit newspapers through the windows

Portland police declared a riot last night on the 83rd consecutive day of protests when a group of demonstrators set a government office building alight

Portland police declared a riot last night on the 83rd consecutive day of protests when a group of demonstrators set a government office building alight

Portland police declared a riot last night on the 83rd consecutive day of protests when a group of demonstrators set a government office building alight

Some smashed windows and threw lit debris through the windows, setting fire to parts of the building (pictured in a video from The Oregonian)

Some smashed windows and threw lit debris through the windows, setting fire to parts of the building (pictured in a video from The Oregonian)

Some smashed windows and threw lit debris through the windows, setting fire to parts of the building (pictured in a video from The Oregonian)

Deborah Kafoury, Multnomah County Chair said of the building: 'This is the heart of our County, where people in our community come to get married, get their passports, and celebrate their cultural traditions and diversity.' (pictured in a video from The Oregonian)

Deborah Kafoury, Multnomah County Chair said of the building: 'This is the heart of our County, where people in our community come to get married, get their passports, and celebrate their cultural traditions and diversity.' (pictured in a video from The Oregonian)

Deborah Kafoury, Multnomah County Chair said of the building: ‘This is the heart of our County, where people in our community come to get married, get their passports, and celebrate their cultural traditions and diversity.’ (pictured in a video from The Oregonian)

Portland police announced on their Twitter page that the 'gathering outside the County Building at 501 SE Hawthorne has been declared a riot' at around 11:30 p.m. local time

Portland police announced on their Twitter page that the 'gathering outside the County Building at 501 SE Hawthorne has been declared a riot' at around 11:30 p.m. local time

Portland police announced on their Twitter page that the ‘gathering outside the County Building at 501 SE Hawthorne has been declared a riot’ at around 11:30 p.m. local time

Local reports say that a group gathered at around 8 p.m. PDT in Colonel Summers Park at Southeast 20th Avenue and Belmont Street, and at around 9 p.m., the group marched through the streets of Southwest Portland.

The march, which organizers described s a ‘direct action march’, eventually arrived at the Multnomah Building at Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard and Grand Avenue. 

At around 10.30 p.m., police – who had not been on the scene previously – moved into the area and declared a riot an hour later, and began pushing protesters away from the scene while asking them to disperse.

In a Tweet at 11:30 p.m., Portland Police said: ‘The gathering outside the County Building at 501 SE Hawthorne has been declared a riot. Everyone must disperse to the north immediately.

‘Failure to comply with this order may subject you to citation or arrest, and may subject you to the use of tear gas, crowd control munitions and or impact weapons.’ 

Protesters continued to move through the inner streets of the city for the next hour and a half, while being pushed north by groups of police.

One officer is said to have suffered a minor injury during the dispersal.  

Videos of police appearing to use heavy-handed tactics were also shared on social media, with some showing groups of police outnumbering protesters, hitting them with batons and pushing them to the ground.

In a statement police said: ‘Some crowd control munitions were used during dispersal. No CS gas was used.’  

There was damage to a lobby where protective equipment against the spread of the coronavirus is distributed, she said.The building is used for marriages, among other services.

Deborah Kafoury, Multnomah County Chair, released a statement about the damage to the Multnomah Building, saying: ‘This is the heart of our County, where people in our community come to get married, get their passports, and celebrate their cultural traditions and diversity.’

According to Oregon Live , the demonstration remained peaceful for more than an hour, but protesters started to set fire to dumpsters and broke windows, and after about an hour, small fires could be seen inside the building

According to Oregon Live , the demonstration remained peaceful for more than an hour, but protesters started to set fire to dumpsters and broke windows, and after about an hour, small fires could be seen inside the building

According to Oregon Live , the demonstration remained peaceful for more than an hour, but protesters started to set fire to dumpsters and broke windows, and after about an hour, small fires could be seen inside the building

Two people were arrested - 23-year-old Jesse Hawk and Peter Curtis, 40. Hawk was charged with riot, interfering with a peace officer, resisting arrest, unlawful use of a weapon, assaulting a public safety officer, harassment, disorderly conduct II, and attempt escape. Curtis was charged with attempt criminal mischief and reckless endangering

Two people were arrested - 23-year-old Jesse Hawk and Peter Curtis, 40. Hawk was charged with riot, interfering with a peace officer, resisting arrest, unlawful use of a weapon, assaulting a public safety officer, harassment, disorderly conduct II, and attempt escape. Curtis was charged with attempt criminal mischief and reckless endangering

Two people were arrested – 23-year-old Jesse Hawk and Peter Curtis, 40. Hawk was charged with riot, interfering with a peace officer, resisting arrest, unlawful use of a weapon, assaulting a public safety officer, harassment, disorderly conduct II, and attempt escape. Curtis was charged with attempt criminal mischief and reckless endangering

Several people in the crowd were seen carrying shields and wearing helmets and gas masks.

Several people in the crowd were seen carrying shields and wearing helmets and gas masks.

Several people in the crowd were seen carrying shields and wearing helmets and gas masks

Several people in the crowd were seen carrying shields and wearing helmets and gas masks

Several people in the crowd were seen carrying shields and wearing helmets and gas masks

The space is dedicated to community members ‘marginalized by the traditional political process,’ she said, noting ‘The lobby where the first same-sex marriage in Oregon took place, and where millions of pieces of personal protective equipment are being distributed to help our community battle COVID-19, was damaged.’

‘I acknowledge that there is grave injustice in our world and there is a violent and tragic history of oppression in our County,’ she added. ‘I am committed to transformational change.’  

Police on Tuesday said they have identified a suspect accused of punching and kicking a man to the ground after he crashed his pickup truck on a sidewalk near ongoing demonstrations.

At around 10.30 p.m., police - who had not been on the scene previously - moved into the area and declared a riot an hour later, and began pushing protesters away from the scene while asking them to disperse

At around 10.30 p.m., police - who had not been on the scene previously - moved into the area and declared a riot an hour later, and began pushing protesters away from the scene while asking them to disperse

People could be seen throwing stones through the windows, followed by flaming materials, setting the office ablaze

People could be seen throwing stones through the windows, followed by flaming materials, setting the office ablaze

At around 10.30 p.m., police – who had not been on the scene previously – moved into the area and declared a riot an hour later, and began pushing protesters away from the scene while asking them to disperse

Local reports say that a group gathered at around 8 p.m. PDT in Colonel Summers Park at Southeast 20th Avenue and Belmont Street, and at around 9 p.m., the group marched through the streets of Southwest Portland

Local reports say that a group gathered at around 8 p.m. PDT in Colonel Summers Park at Southeast 20th Avenue and Belmont Street, and at around 9 p.m., the group marched through the streets of Southwest Portland

Local reports say that a group gathered at around 8 p.m. PDT in Colonel Summers Park at Southeast 20th Avenue and Belmont Street, and at around 9 p.m., the group marched through the streets of Southwest Portland

. The march, which organizers described s a 'direct action march', eventually arrived at the Multnomah Building at Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard and Grand Avenue

. The march, which organizers described s a 'direct action march', eventually arrived at the Multnomah Building at Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard and Grand Avenue

. The march, which organizers described s a ‘direct action march’, eventually arrived at the Multnomah Building at Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard and Grand Avenue

There were also reports of a stabbing and a shooting in the city overnight

There were also reports of a stabbing and a shooting in the city overnight

There were also reports of a stabbing and a shooting in the city overnight

Authorities had received a report around 10:30 p.m. Sunday of protesters chasing a truck a few blocks from the downtown federal courthouse. 

The driver crashed and was then assaulted, authorities said.

Authorities are trying to track down the suspect, Marquise Love, 25, police said in a statement. 

The victim of the assault has been released from a hospital and is recovering.

A social media account apparently connected to Love has been disabled and efforts to locate him for comment were not immediately successful.

Demonstrations that often turn violent have racked Oregon’s biggest city for more than two months following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

On Monday night, authorities said people marched to the police union building and tried to break into the facility.

No arrests were made during Monday night’s protest and authorities said most of the crowd dispersed by early Tuesday morning.  

PICTURED: Portland police identify suspect, 25, behind vicious attack on truck driver who was kicked unconscious on the street 

The Portland Police Bureau is now on the hunt for 25-year-old Marquise Love, known by friends as ‘Keese Love’, for his apparent involvement in the vicious attack on Sunday

The Portland Police Bureau is now on the hunt for 25-year-old Marquise Love, known by friends as ‘Keese Love’, for his apparent involvement in the vicious attack on Sunday

The Portland Police Bureau is now on the hunt for 25-year-old Marquise Love, known by friends as ‘Keese Love’, for his apparent involvement in the vicious attack on Sunday

Portland Police have identified a suspect in a sickening attack on a truck driver over the weekend, who was seen in a viral video being knocked unconscious by a kick to the head from a protester while he was trying to stop a transgender woman from being robbed. 

The Portland Police Bureau is now on the hunt for 25-year-old Marquise Love, known by friends as ‘Keese Love’, for his apparent involvement in the vicious attack on Sunday. 

Police said the victim – who has since been identified by police as Adam Haner – was trying to help a transgender woman who had some of her belongings stolen at the scene. 

‘That person has not been contacted and their identity is unknown. Investigators would like to speak to this person,’ police said in a statement Tuesday.

Police say they have left Love a number of messages, urging him to hand himself in, but have so far received no response. They say they have a probable cause for his arrest. 

The incident took place shortly before 10:30pm Sunday, just blocks away from a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Oregon’s capital outside of the federal courthouse.

Police received a 911 call from a bystander who reported that a group of protesters were ‘chasing a white Ford’ four-by-four truck, which then crashed into a tree in the downtown area, a press release says.

A rioter wearing a shirt with the word 'Security' on it, delivered a sickening kick to the man's head from behind as he sat facing the other way in Portland, Oregon on Sunday night

A rioter wearing a shirt with the word 'Security' on it, delivered a sickening kick to the man's head from behind as he sat facing the other way in Portland, Oregon on Sunday night

Keese Love shown wearing a 'security' vest

Keese Love shown wearing a 'security' vest

A rioter wearing a shirt with the word ‘Security’ on it, delivered a sickening kick to the man’s head from behind as he sat facing the other way in Portland, Oregon on Sunday night. Police say that man is ‘Keese’ Love (shown right)

The man was rushed to hospital after being kicked. He has since been released and is recovering, police said

The man was rushed to hospital after being kicked. He has since been released and is recovering, police said

The man was rushed to hospital after being kicked. He has since been released and is recovering, police said

In the footage, demonstrators are seen hauling the man out from his truck and throwing him to the ground. The victim appeared dazed and was profusely bleeding from the head. 

He was ordered to sit on the ground and told to ‘wait for police to arrive.’ The man, who some activists claimed had driven towards them, was then knocked clean unconscious by a vicious kick to the side of his head from behind.

As he lay unconscious on the ground, shouts of ‘Black Lives Matter’ were heard as other protesters attempted to provide first aid.

Others began ransacking the man’s truck and when questioned by bystanders, they explained that they were simply ‘checking for weapons.’

Police said they received another call estimating that around nine or 10 people were ‘beating the guy’ as he lay in the street.

A post allegedly uploaded to Love’s Snapchat account the same evening appeared to reference the attack, in which he wrote: ‘Might go to jail for a racist tonight when all i did was fight him look it up on twitter put money on my books and come see me.’

By the time police arrived on scene the suspect had disappeared and the victim was unconscious on the ground. He was taken to hospital but has since been released and is now recovering, police say.

In the fundraiser, set up by his brother Brian (left), Haner is said to have suffered a number of injuries, in addition to unspecified items being stolen from his truck

In the fundraiser, set up by his brother Brian (left), Haner is said to have suffered a number of injuries, in addition to unspecified items being stolen from his truck

In the fundraiser, set up by his brother Brian (left), Haner is said to have suffered a number of injuries, in addition to unspecified items being stolen from his truck

Drew Hernandez, who shot the graphic footage of the attack, shared the same theory as the police, claiming the victim was defending the transgender woman from being beaten and robbed by protesters, when the group turned their attention to the truck driver and his female companion.

Drew Hernandez, who filmed the incident on his cell phone, has spoken of his experience of being in Portland on Sunday night, saying 'sometimes it feels like you're walking in a Third World country'

Drew Hernandez, who filmed the incident on his cell phone, has spoken of his experience of being in Portland on Sunday night, saying 'sometimes it feels like you're walking in a Third World country'

Drew Hernandez, who filmed the incident on his cell phone, has spoken of his experience of being in Portland on Sunday night, saying ‘sometimes it feels like you’re walking in a Third World country’

The unnamed man then got into his truck and drove away as he and the woman became a target, but crashed in the pursuit, Hernandez said.

‘I think he just felt extremely threatened,’ Hernandez said in an interview. ‘They chased him… until he finally crashed. When they finally caught up to him, they went nuts.

‘This was violent, extremely violent,’ he said. ‘Sometimes I forget I’m walking the streets of an American city in the Northwest. Sometimes it feels like you’re walking in a Third World county.’

Earlier footage shows the truck parked outside a 7-Eleven, with some rioters kicking it and attacking the man through the window, as others shout, ‘He didn’t do nothing.’

Hernandez said that after violence erupted on Sunday – which has become a nightly occurrence in the city – groups of protesters have attacked random bystanders.

‘It’s literally like just one thing after another,’ he said. ‘Just these random people, they start physically assaulting.’

Sgt. Kevin Allen, a police spokesman, said that the rioters ‘were chasing the truck before it crashed, and they assaulted the driver after the crash.’

Allen said that officers ‘encountered a hostile crowd and a squad from the Rapid Response Team responded to help secure the scene while the investigation was underway.’

Police said they have not yet been able to identify the transgender woman who may have been robbed.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Detective Brent Christensen at 503-823-2087 or at Brent.Christensen@portlandoregon.gov.

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NYC Shootings Up Another 50 Percent Last Week

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The spree of violence afflicting New York City shows no signs of abating as shootings surge more than 50 percent in the week ending Aug. 16, NYPD data shows.

During the week, 78 people were shot in 63 incidents. Fourteen were murdered. That’s up from 41 incidents, 57 shot, and six murdered the week before.

Compared to the same period last year, shootings are up more than 140 percent last week and more than 150 percent in the last four weeks.

The city hasn’t seen such levels of violence since the mid-1990s. From June until Aug. 16, 729 people were shot, compared to 272 in the same period last year. Murder is up more than 30 percent so far this year.

The NYPD has blamed the crime on a series of policies that have complicated their work.

Last year’s bail reform banned judges from requiring cash bail for most non-violent and some lower-level violent crimes, resulting in criminals getting quickly back on the street after arrests.

Starting in May, protests sparked by the death of George Floyd during his arrest in Minneapolis turned violent and fueled resentment toward police.

In July, police use-of-force restrictions kicked in, outlawing, among other things, police officers’ accidentally pressing their knee against a suspect’s back or chest during arrest.

Police officers and other experts have criticized the law for criminalizing martial arts techniques routinely used by police to safely subdue resisting subjects. They warned it will lead police to use more severe methods, such as tasers, or avoid arrests.

Some NYPD officers told The Epoch Times on the condition of anonymity that officers are indeed hesitant to arrest resisting suspects, unless they pose a present danger to the officers or the public.

Only a small portion of people released due to the bail reform have been involved in shootings, The New York Post reported. But the officers cited the reform as a major demoralizing factor, since it makes their efforts seem pointless.

Police have also been retiring at a faster pace, said Sgt. Jessica McRorie, an NYPD spokeswoman.

There have been 789 retirements and 1,130 have filed for retirement from May 25 to Aug. 11. During the same period last year, there were 545 retirements, and 424 filed for retirement.

“While the decision to retire is a personal one and can be attributed to a range of factors, it is a troubling trend that we are closely monitoring,” McRorie told The Epoch Times in an emailed statement.

Mayor Bill de Blasio blamed the violence on the economic impact of the pandemic lockdowns as well as the slowdown of the court system. The Office of Court Administration rejected blame, saying much of the court proceedings have continued virtually, The New York Daily News reported.

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S&P 500 Returns to Record High 

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One of the most unusual features of this very unusual year has been the resilience of the stock market. The V-shaped recovery of the S&P 500 was confirmed on Tuesday when the index shot past expected resistance and reached an all-time high despite an ongoing worldwide economic downturn. 

The S&P 500, which tracks the stock value of 500 large companies listed on U.S. exchanges, is the gold standard indicator of the stock market’s overall health. Its record close of 3,389.78 on August 18 beats its previous peak of 3,386.15 on February 19, and represents a 51 percent rebound from its low of 2,237.40 on March 23 during the peak of uncertainty about COVID-19. 

This virtually unprecedented recovery — the quickest reversal of a bear market in American history — has sent analysts scrambling to come up with explanations. Official unemployment sits at 10.2 percent as of July. While the number of jobless Americans has fallen rapidly from the 14.7 percent peak in April, there is still a distinct feeling that the market has become detached from the broader economy. For comparison, the stock market during the Great Recession did not recover to its 2007 peak until early 2013 when the unemployment rate had fallen to around 7.5 percent. 

While jobs are returning much faster than they were at the beginning of the decade, several indicators point to dangerous weaknesses in the economy. The most visible of these has been the anticipated eviction crisis. While eviction protections from the CARES Act have already expired, and landlords are allowed to tell tenants to leave, they cannot file for a forcible eviction order until August 24. As it stands, one-third of Americans have “little or no confidence” that they’ll be able to pay rent this month. These two facts point to a coming eviction earthquake whose aftershocks could sink landlords and banks and potentially derail economic recovery.  

Have investors simply failed to price in such an enormous risk? One alternative explanation is that the market has been buoyed by a wave of first-time investors. Stimulus checks and generous unemployment payments combined with lockdowns preventing spending have resulted in billions pouring into the market via retail brokers like Robinhood. If this is indeed the primary reason for the market’s recovery, then we can expect an impending collapse as payments expire and bills resume. 

Another interesting perspective is that the S&P 500’s performance is legitimate, but simply not as representative of the wider economy as is commonly perceived. This year’s lockdown-induced economic crisis has been characterized by small businesses sinking and megacorporations consolidating market share. Companies like Apple, Facebook, and Amazon have seen their value double in the last six months even as tens of thousands of mom-and-pop stores have permanently shuttered every month. Far from being detached from economic reality, indexes like the S&P 500 and Dow Jones may simply be pointing out a new paradigm.

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