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Aurora police breakup violin vigil with excessive force

This is an outrage! There is no excuse for this. The head of their department needs to be fired.

>> Cops in Aurora, CO came in like a military unit to forcibly remove -- not to mention pepper spray -- peaceful protesters who were watching a violin performance to honor Elijah McClain.

This went down Saturday in City Center Park, where a musical vigil had been planned to pay respects to Elijah -- who died while in custody of Aurora PD last year -- which was incredibly symbolic, seeing how Elijah played violin himself. At one point, the police had seen enough.

In the video, captured by a vigilant bystander, you can see the jarring juxtaposition play out live on camera. At first, you hear the violinists -- some of whom are said to have been underage -- beautifully playing in unison, and the next minute ... cops are storming the place.

The woman recording can be heard -- along with others -- openly yelling "No!" at what's about to happen next ... forcible removal and literally pushing the protesters out of the park, while shutting down the performance. Pepper spray started getting dispersed at one point too.

https://www.tmz.com/2020/06/28/aurora-police-tear-gas-remove-peaceful-protesters-violin-vigil-elijah-mcclain/

$10k reward for finding the assholes that lit up the Wendy's

Photos show a guy making the white power symbol. Fucking boogaloogies

https://www.cbs46.com/news/10-000-reward-offered-for-identity-of-wendys-arsonist/article_889e7da6-ae6a-11ea-b6a7-3333060ac7d1.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_CBS46&fbclid=IwAR3Lg0Z5pI-UGiJNSEo9AHSjN-r4Tg6m39PN2Jbv0sfWg54Pf2-RDBIxILk

More coverage of the instagators

MINNEAPOLIS — Drifting out of the shadows in small groups, dressed in black, carrying shields and wearing knee pads, they head toward the front lines of the protest. Helmets and gas masks protect and obscure their faces, and they carry bottles of milk to counteract tear gas and pepper spray.

Most of them appear to be white. They carry no signs and don't want to speak to reporters. Trailed by designated "medics" with red crosses taped to their clothes, these groups head straight for the front lines of the conflict.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/05/30/george-floyd-protests-riots-violent-outside-agitators-minnesota/5291658002/

Looks like a lot of provocation going on


https://twitter.com/SonOfAssata/status/1266169655854542849?s=19&fbclid=IwAR1seqwLGDfELGyO5dSo6_fu5V4q0X1QO9_L6U4r0vYOvPhbNi1XpTuNL60



A Thinly Veiled Metaphor About America


Remember that last time we dealt with fascists?




Does anyone else just not like Chris Hayes?

I mean, before and after last week's debacle, he always sounds so breathless and hyperbolic. Very little information, lots of inappropriate emotions. Just in my opinion, YMMV.

PRESIDENT Biden's Easter Message!

This week marks some of the most sacred days of the year for many people of faith – from Passover to Holy Week.

Symbols of spring and renewal and rebirth.

Beliefs which may be harder to believe than ever this year – but never more important.

These days I think a lot about the words written by the philosopher Kierkegaard: “Faith sees best in the dark.”

And Lord knows these are dark days in this nation and across the world. I know how true those words have been in my own life.

Faith is what helped me get through the loss of my wife and daughter in a car accident 47 years ago.

Faith is what helped me get through the loss of my son Beau to cancer in 2015.

And for many, faith will help us get through the crisis that grips this nation today. I’m not saying this to proselytize – each of us in America is free to find our own way, whether that’s a particular religious faith or no faith at all.

I just know how I have gotten through the darkest days in my life.

And I have absolute confidence that this nation will get through the dark days we’re living through today.

For those who have lost loved ones, I know how hard it is – and I know no one can tell you how you feel. But from my own experience, I can tell you this – the loved one you’ve lost will always have a place in your heart.

And while it may be hard to believe right now – there will come a day when their memory will bring a smile to your lips before it brings a tear to your eyes. My hope is that day will come sooner than later. But if there’s one thing I know – it will come.

What I believe for those who have lost a loved one, I believe for this nation: We will smile again. We will laugh again. We will know better days.

This virus is tough. But this nation is tougher.

The story of America is the story of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. We are seeing this all around us. Courage. Strength. Selflessness. Resilience.

In these days of reflection, let’s remember to care for one another, to look out for one another, to love one another – and to pray for one another.

Thank you for reading. Happy Easter to those celebrating. And to all – a restful Sunday.

Joe Biden

Biden campaign really *is* calling

This afternoon, I received a call from a volunteer with Biden's campaign, and all he wanted to know is how we were doing, if we needed any help or support, and that they were there if we needed them. We talked for several minutes - almost none of it about campaign stuff (other than how crappy iq45 is doing). He did mention, more or less in passing about the town hall, and at no time was there even a hint of fundraising or requests for money or anything else! Simply to check up on supporters. Color me impressed

Some perspectives on COVID-19

China is now reporting their first case in mid-November, so it likely traveled beyond their borders far earlier than January. It's probably much more widespread than believed already, and likely many more people have had it already than anyone will ever be aware of.

While we assume it started in China, it's only because their very controlled system spotted it as novel first, but there's been no confirmation of it there in the animal populations they've been able to study, yet. It could've started elsewhere and spread there for them to spot.

Remember, most people get mild cases of it and it is transmitted easily, even without visible symptoms. Indeed, you may have already had it and not known it, thinking it was something else.

The good news in all that - it's likely statistically less deadly than originally believed and many more people are probably already immune to it than we are know of.

People rightly compare it to the 1918 pandemic, but we have many tools available to us that were not available in 1918, including the ability to talk about it and plan over the internet, to spread information, and get food and supplies delivered to our doors. We also have the ability to create a vaccine, and trials on it are starting now, even if it will take many months to get it deployed. It is very contagious and is very much more dangerous than a typical flu, especially for those at risk. But, this is not the plague, or polio, nor measles or smallpox, all of which decimated large populations around the world.

We all need to stay in to prevent overwhelming the medical system, but in the end, the vast majority of us will be just fine. So stay home, enjoy a calmer life as our ancestors once did, without racing off to work. Read a book, watch some movies, spend quality time with your families. Consider it a world-wide spring cleaning. An opportunity to reflect on what our world has come to, and perhaps even a opportunity to make a new start to working together to solve the world's many issues.

And save some toilet paper for the rest of us!
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