Is Your City Following the Path of “Model” Democrat-run City Rochester, NY?

It surely hasn’t escaped your notice that cities roiled by rioting and violent crime in drug-filled neighborhoods and with (of course!) declining populations are run, and have been run, by Democrats for decades.

It has been 50 years since Rochester had a Republican mayor.

But, alas, it would be impossible today to turn the “model city” of Rochester into someplace people chose to live.

And, due to its shrinking population, you watch, the next thing will be to fill it with third world refugees (with Catholic help) as Biden promises that starting in October the first of 125,000 Africans, Middle Easterners and Asians will be landing in America.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren commented last summer on how the city is going after gun violence. https://www.whec.com/rochester-new-york-news/mayor-lovely-warren-comments-on-string-of-violence-in-rochester/5840859/?cat=12713

 

Daniel Greenfield has a piece at Frontpage magazine this week that you should read as a cautionary tale, that is, if you haven’t been sufficiently cautioned already about Democrat governing principles.

The Democrat Model for the Future is the Worst City in America

I’ve only snipped a bit to whet your appetitive beginning with this you-can’t- make-this-up news worthy of a Saturday Night Live skit (if SNL wasn’t so PC).

As murders rose 56% and shootings shot up 90%, Rochester decided to offer iPads in exchange for “working handguns and assault rifles”. No questions asked. A week after the “largest gun buyback in Rochester history”, four people were shot in just one day.

Five months after announcing that she wanted to reimagine the police, Mayor Lovely Warren was indicted on campaign fraud charges.

You can’t make this up!

Last month, her husband was busted in the takedown of a drug ring. The cops found a semi-automatic rifle in her home. Warren, who had allied with Bloomberg’s Everytown gun control group, claimed that she knew nothing about the weapon.

It couldn’t have been too shocking since her husband had already been convicted of armed robbery.

Mayor Lovely Warren blamed the whole thing on racism….

Greenfield goes on….

Rochester isn’t suffering from excessive criminalization, but decriminalization. And the last thing a city overrun with drugs needs is more drugs, or police defunding, EV chargers, demolishing highways, or any of the other “progressive” gimmicks that Democrats keep jumping on.

The media is right. Rochester is a model. And a cautionary tale.

The former booming industrial city is a model for what the Democrats want to do to America, gutting industrial bases, replacing work with welfare, and then using black people as lab rats for radical social experiments like drug legalization and police defunding with deadly results.

Being a “model city” now means having every toxic leftist policy idea tested on you.

Democrats have failed at the most basic elements of governance in Rochester. And yet they keep rolling out exciting new ideas to fight global warming or transform society when they can’t even handle their existing responsibilities.

Rochester is the 5th poorest city in the country. It’s also one of the dirtiest, it has the worst schools in the state and some of the lowest literacy rates. The graduation rate hovers between 40 and 50 percent. 75% of Rochester’s children are being raised by single parents.

If Mayor Lovely Warren really wants to “close the wealth gap between Black and Brown people and our White neighbors”, then she might want to start there, instead of writing checks for black people from drug money while turning Rochester streets into war zones with police defunding.

And, it is all the fault of “systemic racism.”

And then they blame the corrupt, violent, and impoverished hellholes their economic and social policies created on “systemic racism”.

There is much more.

And, in case you have forgotten, Black Lives Matter went on a wrecking spree there, in a city run by blacks, last year.

Changing the subject!  See my post yesterday at RRW about how the number of mosques in America is mushrooming.

CAIR Trumpets 31% Increase in Number of Mosques as US Muslim Population Expands

Biden has a Problem: As Violent Crime Rises, BLM Anti-Police Message Tanking

Watch for the Biden Administration to begin weaving and dodging on issues involving defunding the police and “reimagining” policing as Americans now feel safer about the Chinese Virus, but are feeling increasingly less safe from violence especially in large Democrat run cities.

The George Floyd rioting has finally sunk into the American psyche and many are realizing that they need the police after all.

 

The Republicans just got some news that they can use!

Tie every Dem running in 2022 to the anti-police message of the faltering Black Lives Matter movement.

From Yahoo News:

You can bet the real numbers are even worse for BLM and others pushing their racist message because those polled by Yahoo News likely already leaned to the Left.

Poll: More Americans now say violent crime is a ‘very big problem’ than say the same about COVID-19

In stark contrast to last summer, more Americans now say violent crime is a “very big problem” in the U.S. than say the same about COVID-19, according to a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll — a shift that suggests policing and public safety could come to dominate U.S. politics as the pandemic subsides, potentially putting the Biden administration and Democratic leaders on the defensive.

The survey of 1,588 U.S. adults, which was conducted from May 24 to May 26, found that just 32 percent of them now describe COVID-19 as a very big problem, down from 61 percent last July.

[….]

In a certain sense, this isn’t surprising. While mass vaccination has driven COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospitalizations to their lowest levels in many months, violent crime has been rising (even though it’s still occurring at a far lower rate than it was for much of the 1990s and before).

[….]

Nearly two-thirds of Americans (65 percent) now believe violent crime is increasing, including 76 percent of Republicans, 68 percent of independents and 63 percent of Democrats, according to the Yahoo News/YouGov poll. It’s the rare issue that elicits bipartisan agreement.

The scandal swirling around BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors sure doesn’t help the image of the racial justice movement. https://nypost.com/2021/05/27/black-lives-matter-co-founder-patrisse-cullors-resigns-amid-controversy/

What is striking, however, is that while anxiety about violent crime has held steady across the political spectrum since last summer, concerns about race relations and sympathy with racial justice reformers have fallen sharply in the wake of the protests that followed the murder of George Floyd one year ago.

Overall, the share of Americans who see race as a “very big problem” in the U.S. is now 13 percentage points lower than it was last July.

As a result, the political scales seem to be tilting away from racial justice reform…

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Last June, for instance, 60 percent of Americans told Yahoo News and YouGov that there was a problem with systemic racism in policing; 63 percent said there was a problem with systemic racism in America. Today, both numbers are significantly lower: 51 percent and 55 percent, respectively. And while 57 percent of Americans had a favorable view of Black Lives Matter last June (compared with 33 percent unfavorable), today more Americans view BLM unfavorably (45 percent) than favorably (43 percent) — a net shift of 26 points against the movement.

In fact, when Americans who believe violent crime is increasing are asked why, far more now blame “the racial justice movement” itself (57 percent) than blame joblessness (44 percent), systemic racism (40 percent) or the pandemic (35 percent).

Then this made me laugh….”Experts debate…”   There is no debate. Anyone with half a brain could see that the Progressives’ rhetoric was encouraging violence.

Yahoo News continues:

Experts debate whether progressive reforms and critical rhetoric have played any role in encouraging violence; they tend to cite the pandemic and record gun sales  [Duh! up because people are trying to protect themselves—ed] as likelier factors.

Either way, the issue could vex Democrats going forward.

Asked who has done a better job handling crime, more Americans (34 percent vs. 32 percent) and independents (39 percent vs. 23 percent) say Trump than Biden.

More here.

Quick!  Find every Democrat (or weeny Republican) you can find who snuggled up to BLM (or Antifa) in the last year and capture their laudatory words and images before they are scrubbed.

South Jersey Shooter a Black Man, Media Not So Interested Now

It was all over cable news a couple of days ago when someone opened fire on a massive house party in a pretty classy neighborhood in South Jersey.  I grew up in a peaceful South Jersey so the story got my attention.

I wasn’t planning to write about it though until I saw that most media was not posting a picture of the first arrest in the case.

Kevin Dawkins

I’m seeing very few reports on the man charged with gun violations (so far) that resulted in the deaths of two and the wounding of scores of others.

Most reports are showing photos of the house and grounds with few using a jailhouse picture of Kevin Dawkins.

However, the UK Daily Mail does not disappoint as it published a big spread on the shooting with lots of pictures, including photos of the victims.

In the US, NJ.com does publish a picture of Dawkins as NJ Democrat Governor Phil Murphy does a little politically correct speech about gun violence in a state with STRICT gun control laws already in place.

By the way, stories abound about gun violence across the country this past week. Someone should take a look behind the headlines to see who the perps were in those cases.

How many had already done time in the slammer?  How many were in states with strict gun laws?  How many were gang-related as this one may be?  How many perps were African American and how many of their victims were African American?

Update!  Reader Robin sent this useful but sad site with info. on those who died daily from gun violence. I think you will see a pattern and as you all know, it is not the gun.

Arrest made, more expected in mass shooting at N.J. house party that killed 2, officials say

One man has been charged with firearms violations in the shooting that killed two people and wounded 12 at a house party Saturday night in Fairfield Township, authorities announced Monday morning.

More arrests and charges in the case are expected, local and state authorities said at a Monday morning press event led by Gov. Phil Murphy.

Kevin K. Dawkins, 36, who lives on Commerce Street, the same street where the party took place, is charged with four gun crimes, one that accuses him of possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae said.

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Governor Murphy and his wife marching for George Floyd last year, showing their support for Black Lives Matter and virtue signaling about racism in America.  https://www.insidernj.com/insider-iline/governor-murphy-first-lady-march-blm-protesters-hillside/

 

A little lecture from Murphy….

“What we saw here in Fairfield is a microcosm of the scale of gun violence we see elsewhere, in other communities in our state and across our country,” Murphy said, leading off the press event. “We are at the point where this kind of horrific scene is almost part of our daily lives. It has become commonplace.”

“If there is one thing we can never normalize, it is senseless gun violence,” the governor said.

While his administration has enacted more and strong gun safety laws, and said New Jersey is a leader in the effort, Murphy said “but, and it’s a big but, this is a nation awash in guns, and we are not on an island. We are not immune as was proved two nights ago.”

Yup, too many guns says the Progressive governor.

“There are still too many people with easy access to guns who should never even have access to a gun,” Murphy said.

Do Black Lives Matter when the killers and their victims are black as they were in this case, just asking?

Have you noticed that for the Dems, when the PC racism narrative doesn’t fit, it becomes all about the guns.

Biden Tasks Harris to Find “Root Causes” of Migration Because He and Barack were Stumped for Eight Years

This is an Op-ed published at the WaPo earlier this past week that gave me a chuckle.

Veep Harris has the most difficult job of her lifetime— a job Biden failed to accomplish when Obama designated him as the point man to solve the “root causes” of migration during the years he and Obama put a lot of kids in cages.

Their intentions are good (Trumps were bad!) and who knew that all they need to do is to get some refrigerators down to those Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala and they will have a good start on solving the “root causes!”

If only those Romans had a few refrigerators to give away, the world would look a lot different today!

Opinion: Kamala Harris is confronting the challenge of a lifetime

Here is how columnist Greg Sargent sets the stage…

On Monday afternoon, Vice President Harris met with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to brief them on what may be the most complex challenge she’ll face in office: the effort to address root causes of migrations from Central America.

If Republicans had their way, our entire conversation about the migrant influx would be about the border. They say former president Donald Trump’s “toughness” at the border was a smashing success — never mind the humanitarian disasters it unleashed — precisely because cruelty deterred more migrants from seeking asylum, an inherent good in their eyes.

But this analysis largely erases from the equation the actual causes of these migrations. Whatever failures we’ve seen in the Biden administration’s handling of immigration, there is a sharp contrast here:

They are trying to address those root causes in a systematic way, which is the job that President Biden has tasked Harris with.

It is all about trying for these Socialists especially when they do it with good intentions and in a systemic and robust way!

“This work is difficult and important,” Harris told Democrats, per her prepared remarks, citing hurricanes, pandemic, drought, extreme food insecurity, corruption, violence, poverty and climate change. “And progress will take time.”

Just how difficult this work will be continues to go underappreciated.

Just think, if B and O  had put in the time to stem the invasion a few years back, maybe they would have avoided four years of Trump in the White House (and likely another 4 years coming soon).

Send them refrigerators!

Now you are talking Nancy’s language! Send them refrigerators!

Sargent talked to the man with the answers.

He spoke with Ricardo Zúñiga, the State Department’s special envoy for the Northern Triangle.

He laid out the challenges in remarkably vivid terms.

Yup, people are poor, and the countries are crime ridden, but if over the long term we send them stuff like refrigerators they might stay in politically corrupt “s*** hole” countries.

In the short term, Zúñiga said, our best hope is that a robust humanitarian response can start meeting immediate needs. People who are leaving because they don’t have refrigeration or food, he noted, might be persuaded to stay if those shortfalls are made up.

But, while we are sending them stuff (to see if American money and appliances can turn those countries around) we have to make it easier for them to get into the US!  Of course!

Two conclusions…. Let them in or they will keep coming anyway! Huh?

All this leads to two conclusions. The first is we should be making it easier for people to legally migrate from the region into the United States, by expanding guest worker programs and refugee resettlement, among other things.

The second is that cyclical spikes in migration are going to continue, creating future political challenges for the administration.

Wait!  Didn’t he say sending them stuff would keep them home?

More here.

Hey Kamala! We will be watching!

Biden Domestic Terror Advisory Extended Until August

When you are having a bad month, as the Biden gang surely is, one handy way of distracting from crisis after crisis is to scare the public about ‘white nationalism’ again!

It is ho-hum news, but I’m posting it because it features a clip of Susan Rice expounding on the terrorism threat from white people especially those who believe the 2020 presidential election was stolen.

I think we all need to keep an eye on Rice if Richard Grenell is correct and she is running the White House.

From the Independent:

Updated terror advisory warns of ‘complex and volatile’ threats from domestic and ‘grievance-based’ groups

The US Department of Homeland Security has renewed a terrorism advisory bulletin following the “increasingly complex and volatile” threats facing the US, including from “individuals and groups engaged in grievance-based violence” exploited across social media and exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic.

This is a screenshot. You will have to go to the story to watch her in action.

 

Following the Capitol insurrection on 6 January and Joe Biden’s inauguration on 20 January, the agency issued a bulletin warning that anti-government “ideologically motivated violent extremists” motivated by “perceived grievances fueled by false narratives” could “continue to mobilize to incite or commit violence” domestically.

That advisory expired at the end of April.

The new advisory – which expires on 13 August – maintains that those threats continue to spread online “with the intent to incite violence” against elected officials, government facilities, law enforcement and “perceived ideologically opposed individuals.”

It also points to their use of social media as a platform to discuss “a race war” by exploiting unrest.

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A recently unclassified joint intelligence report – ordered within the president’s first days in office – determined that racially and ethnically motivated violence as well as violent militia groups present the “most lethal” threats in the US.

Perpetrators of racist violence are “most likely to conduct mass-casualty attacks” against Americans, according to a report from Homeland Security, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the US Department of Justice.

Domestic violence extremists motivated by “a range of ideologies and galvanised by recent political and societal events” pose an “elevated threat” to the US in 2021, according to the report.

False narratives about the 2020 presidential election, the Capitol insurrection, and conspiracy theories and conditions related to the coronavirus pandemic “will almost certainly” fuel more violence in 2021, the agencies reported.

More here.

I’ve created a new tag—Susan Rice Watch!

See my earlier posts at RRW that include Rice during the Obama years by clicking here.