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The ‘I can’t breathe’ Caption Contest

This is the 231st world-famous FOTM Caption Contest!

Here’s the pic (h/t DCG):

You know the drill:

  • Enter the contest by submitting your caption as a comment on this thread (scroll down until you see the “LEAVE A REPLY” box).
  • FOTM writers will vote for the winner.
  • Any captions proffered by FOTM writers, no matter how brilliant (ha ha), will not be considered. :(

This contest will be closed in two weeks, at the end of Tuesday, September 29, 2020.

To get the contest going, here’s my caption:

“Help me. I can’t breathe!,” her lady bits scream.

For the winner of our last Caption Contest, go here.

~Eowyn

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Why 63% disapproval of Portland’s radical left mayor Ted Wheeler is bad news for conservatives

Portland, Oregon has now had more than 100 consecutive nights of violent mayhem by Antifa and BLM anarchists and thugs.

Portland mayor Ted Wheeler

Portland’s mayor, 58-year-old Edward Tevis “Ted” Wheeler, boasts higher-educational credentials of a B.A. in economics from Stanford University, a Master’s in business administration from Columbia University, and a Master’s in public policy from Harvard University.

The epitome of so-called “white privilege”, Wheeler is a 6th-generation Oregonian, born to and heir of a conservative wealthy family who made their fortune in the timber industry. Wheeler worked in the financial services industry for corporations including Bank of America and Copper Mountain Trust before entering politics in 2006 as a registered Republican when he was elected Multnomah, OR county commissioner.

In 2010, he was appointed State Treasurer by Oregon’s Democrat governor Ted Kulongoski. Later that year, Wheeler switched party and won the Democrat primary for Treasurer; in 2013, he was elected Treasurer in a special election. Three years later, in 2016, Wheeler was elected mayor of Portland with 54% of the vote.

George Floyd protests began in Portland on May 28, 2020. Initially peaceful, the protests turned into a riot two days later on May 30. Despite that, on June 9, Wheeler proposed the defunding of three Portland police units, including the gun violence reduction team; the “diversion” of $12 million from the police bureau and other city departments to support “communities of color”; and banning officers from using chokeholds. On June 17, the Portland city council defunded the city police by cutting at least $15 million from the police department and eliminating 84 positions.

In early July, the federal government deployed law enforcement officers to Portland for the stated purpose of protecting federal property, including the U.S. courthouse that repeatedly had been vandalized since June. The federal officers made arrests and fired pepper spray or tear gas at protesters who got too close to the courthouse. Ted Wheeler and Oregon’s Demonrat governor Kate Brown denounced President Trump’s deployment of federal officers to protect federal property in Portland.

On August 28, Wheeler wrote an open letter to President Trump asking him not to send the National Guard to the city, saying that “We don’t need your politics of division and demagoguery.” This, despite the fact that a year ago in August 2019, Wheeler had requested that the National Guard be on standby in anticipation of a potentially explosive stand-off between Antifa demonstrators and “far-right” groups. Gov. Brown denied Wheeler’s request.

On September 1, 2020, after Antifa rioters attacked, vandalized and burned a fire in the apartment building in which Wheeler has a condo, he said he would move out “for the safety” of the apartment’s residents.

Here on Fellowship of the Minds, we have wondered why Portland residents are tolerating the continuous, unceasing nightly riots and mayhem — of arson, vandalism, looting, toppling of statues, assaults, and the shooting death of a Trump supporter. Some of us speculate that Portlanders are not doing anything about the continuous riots because they fear being targeted and attacked.

But their silence and do-nothing do not mean approval.

Everton Bailey Jr. reports for Oregon Live, Sept. 8, 2020, that two months ahead of the November 3 election (and Wheeler’s reelection), a new poll shows that 63% or two-thirds of likely Portland voters have an “unfavorable” impression of mayor Ted Wheeler.

That finding has been trumpeted by conservatives, including talk radio titan Rush Limbaugh, as a sign that the tides are turning.

But is it?

My reaction to the poll is one of incredulity . Only two-thirds of Portlanders disapprove of their mayor? That means as many as a third of Portland voters actually approve of Wheeler’s handling of the continuous riots?

Here are some other findings of the phone and online poll of 435 “likely” Portland voters, conducted by California-based FM3 Research, which indicate that Portlanders haven’t really changed:

  • Only a little more than half (59%) believe Portland is heading in the wrong direction.
  • 76% view the Marxist Black Lives Matter favorably; 22% unfavorable.
  • 92% support “non-violent protests”, but as many as 67% are in favor of “these protests” — i.e., the ongoing mayhem.
  • A majority of Portlanders believe there is a systemic problem in the city’s policing system. 70% said they would vote for a November ballot measure to create a new community-driven independent police oversight system, whatever that means. Not surprisingly, there is a partisan divide on the the ballot measure, with 90% of Democrats and 60% of Independents supporting the measure, whereas 78% of conservatives and 70% of Republicanas are against it. Alas, conservatives make up a small portion of the Portland electorate.

~Eowyn

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Meet Joe Biden’s supporters

~Eowyn

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Kayleigh McEnany mic drop: “It’s like the arsonist blaming the firefighter”

Make sure you watch until the end!

DCG

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Taxpayer-funded NPR promotes Marxist author who defends looting

National Public Radio (NPR) is a non-profit media organization based in Washington, D.C., which is partly funded by taxpayers. Established by an act of Congress, the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, most of NPR’s member stations are owned by government entities (often public universities). NPR is a national syndicator to a network of over 1,000 public radio stations across the United States.

NPR’s flagship shows are two commute-time news broadcasts, Morning Edition and All Things Considered in the afternoon, which are carried by most NPR member stations, and are among the most popular radio programs in the country. As of March 2018, the two programs attract an audience of as many as 14.9 million and 14.7 million per week respectively.

According to a report by the federally-funded Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), in 2018, U.S. taxpayers accounted for 32% of public broadcasting revenue of public radio and TV stations. The tax-based revenue of public broadcasting is comprised of:

  1. Federal government grants and contracts.
  2. State and local government sources:
    • State and local taxes
    • Tax-supported colleges and universities

Given U.S. taxpayers’ funding of public radio, it is nothing less than outrageous that on August 27, 2020, NPR aired a sympathetic interview of Vicky Osterweil, author of In Defense of Looting, who justifies looting as “a powerful tool to bring about real, lasting change in society.”

NPR reporter Nastalie Escobar begins her interview with Osterweil with an introduction in which Escobar’s choice of words (in bold red below) shows her lack of journalistic objectivity and impartiality:

In the past months of demonstrations for Black lives, there has been a lot of hand-wringing about looting…. [P]olice officers, government officials and pundits alike have bemoaned the property damage and demanded an end to the riots.

The Oxford Dictionary defines hand-wringing as “The excessive display of concern or distress” and bemoan as “complain”. Escobar’s use of those two words clearly implies her disapproval of the criticisms about looting and, therefore, her approval of looting.

Below are some quotes by Vicky Osterweil from the interview:

“When I use the word looting, I mean the mass expropriation of property, mass shoplifting during a moment of upheaval or riot. That’s the thing I’m defending. I’m not defending any situation in which property is stolen by force.”

Note Osterweil’s unique and utterly perverse definition of looting as not property stolen by force.

She claims the word “looting” is racist:

“Looting is a highly racialized word from its very inception in the English language. It’s taken from Hindi, lút, which means “goods” or “spoils,” and it appears in an English colonial officer’s handbook [on “Indian vocabulary”] in the 19th century.”

For Osterweil, looting is a Robin Hood-like noble enterprise:

“[L]ooting is more common among movements that are coming from below. It tends to be an attack on a business, a commercial space, maybe a government building — taking those things that would otherwise be commodified and controlled and sharing them for free…. It gets people what they need for free immediately, which means that they are capable of living and reproducing their lives without having to rely on jobs or a wage — which, during COVID times, is widely unreliable or, particularly in these communities is often not available, or it comes at great risk.”

Osterweil is a Marxist. She views looting as a means toward equity in an unjust, capitalist society:

“It attacks the idea of property, and it attacks the idea that in order for someone to have a roof over their head or have a meal ticket, they have to work for a boss, in order to buy things that people just like them somewhere else in the world had to make under the same conditions. It points to the way in which that’s unjust. And the reason that the world is organized that way, obviously, is for the profit of the people who own the stores and the factories. So you get to the heart of that property relation, and demonstrate that without police and without state oppression, we can have things for free.”

Black Lives Matter looting is a strike against “white supremacy”:

“Importantly, I think especially when it’s in the context of a Black uprising like the one we’re living through now, it also attacks the history of whiteness and white supremacy. The very basis of property in the U.S. is derived through whiteness and through Black oppression, through the history of slavery and settler domination of the country. Looting strikes at the heart of property, of whiteness and of the police. It gets to the very root of the way those three things are interconnected. And also it provides people with an imaginative sense of freedom and pleasure and helps them imagine a world that could be. And I think that’s a part of it that doesn’t really get talked about — that riots and looting are experienced as sort of joyous and liberatory.”

You can read the rest of totally-biased reporter Natalie Escobar’s sympatico interview of Vicky Osterweil the Marxist here.

Below is an example of the looting defended by Osterweil and, by implication, NPR reporter Escobar — the looting of an Amazon Prime truck during a BLM George Floyd riot in Los Angeles on May 31, 2020. (H/t Maziel):

#DefundNPR !

By the way, if you thought Vicky Osterweil’s pic to be odd looking, this is why: Osterweil is a transvestite. From James Fetzer’s blog:

The Federalist writes-  Osterweil is a transgender male who calls himself a “writer, editor, and agitator.” His Twitter handle is Vicky_ACAB. ACAB means “all cops are b-stards.”

~Eowyn

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The real story: It’s not just a few big Democrat cities that are burning

Demorats have generally ignored rioting in the streets and have suggested that President Trump is the cause of any social disruption. Mainstream media have suggested that the rioting is confined to half a dozen big cities. Republicans have blamed Demorat mayors and governors for not bringing the riots under control.

But fact is, none of us are getting the true picture of what is happening to this country. Protests and riots have occurred in all 50 states. The Army National Guard has been deployed to at least 23 states and the District of Columbia to combat rioters and looters. More than 350 cities and towns have been wracked with unrest—all this while left-wing socialist/communist government officials sit in complacent approval of the mayhem.

Our country is coming apart at the seams. Nero fiddles while Rome burns.

What follows is research published on June 2, 2020 by Mohammed Haddad, writing for Aljazeera. These data are more than two months old.

I have to wonder, how much worse is it now?

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/interactive/2020/06/mapping-cities-george-floyd-protests-erupted-200601081654119.html

~ Grif

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As America burns…in demorat-run cities

James Woods always has the best videos!

The BLM/Antifa thugs are LITERALLY trying to intimidate, harass and KILL. Demorat leaders are allowing this to happen under their watch.

Burn, Loot, Murder.

Remember in November:

DCG

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Marxist revolution: The TRUTH about BLM

What the media will never report.

DCG

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The media helped build this violent beast yet suddenly care because of Biden

The media has been complicit in this unrest in demorat-run cities. They’ve repeatedly said “peaceful protests” to cover for the destruction Antifa and BLM are allowed to create in American cities. Watch CNN change their chyron to cover for rioters:

Even when the truth comes out they will twist it to fit a narrative:

Now demorats are concered with the rioting, looting and destruction because people are being killed and businesses and cities destroyed it’s hurting Joe Biden.

President Reagan got it right:

You helped unleash this beast, demorats. Too little, too late to make it disappear now. You think the BLM/Antifa rioters are going to listen to your demands? You’ve got another thing coming.

You demorats OWN this and your culpability in the destruction and death across our demorat-run cities.

DCG

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Does BLM really believe this is a winning strategy?

Don’t kid yourself that this BLM movement is about any kind of justice or righteous outcome. It’s about BURN, LOOT and MAYHEM/MURDER.

EVIDENCE (some videos NSFW):

And they WILL come for YOU. EVIDENCE:

Is this REALLY the way to get people on your side?

Because in my white-privileged opinion, this will only FURTHER divide people.

But I’m guessing that’s what they REALLY want anyway.

Remember in November!

DCG

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