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American cities gone bad   America - all of it

Started Aug-13 by Apollonius (Theocritos); 472 views.

Does Seattle deserve better than Carmen Best? - Christopher Sandford, Spectator USA, 12 August 2020
https://spectator.us/seattle-better-carmen-best-police/


So the revolution devours its children. On Tuesday, Seattle’s police chief Carmen Best announced her retirement just hours after the city council had voted to strip her department of roughly 130 of its 1,400 officers, with more such cuts promised in the future. Best, 54, was Seattle’s first black police chief. She had served in the department for 28 years. Announcing her departure, Best remarked: ‘It’s not about the money. And it’s not about the demonstrations in our city. Be real. I have a lot thicker skin than that.’

‘It’s really about the overreaching lack of respect for the men and women who work so hard, day in and day out,’ Best added.

The most obvious symptom of a dictatorial government is the combination of delusions of grandeur with an excessive contempt for, and distrust of, the common citizen. Equally characteristic is the systematic need to humiliate the regime’s enemies. Before literally decimating her department, the Seattle council had publicly voted to reduce Chief Best’s own salary from $289,000 to $172,000. Just by way of comparison, Deborah Smith, the head of Seattle City Light, a jungle of a governmental system, as incalculable as any oriental sultanate, currently takes home some $345,000 each year, while her colleague Mami Hara makes do with a mere $300,000. Neither of these public servants is apparently able to keep Seattle’s electricity running without regular and protracted blackouts, but otherwise richly deserve their money.

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To summarize, then: in August 2018, Carmen Best was appointed to head the department she had served throughout her adult life, and was praised by the city council at the time for having ‘a passion for the job, for the officers, and for our city’, and, what’s more, as a black woman who embodied a ‘culture of continuing progress’ in the community. In August 2020, the same Chief Best was effectively hounded out of office by gangs of predominantly white protesters banging drums, shining flashlights and chanting obscenities outside her family residence late on a Saturday night. One of the young activists present told me: ‘We’re here so this pig won’t ever feel safe in her home again.’

jra2750

From: jra2750

Aug-14

Any bets on what kind of person will replace Carmen Best?  

Any bets on who will ultimately make that decision?  And it ain't gonna B the Seattle city council U can bet.  It''ll B the street insurrectionists/anarchists.

OR ELSE!

Any bets on what kind of person will replace Carmen Best? 

The city council will insist on extensive social work experience. The more law enforcement experience the less likely they'll approve.

This is amazing! We had a home in seattle for a decade. The "Spectator" was always the socialist rag that bordered on communist! If the nutcases got on their bad side, well, I'm thanking God we were able to escape!

I lived in Vancouver for many years and am very well familiar with Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco, which I've spent an awful lot of time in over the years.

Like Vancouver, they've all gone rapidly downhill over the last twenty years.  

There's a vast flight away from Democrat controlled cities underway right now.  The disappointing thing is that many of these people are so entrenched in their ways that they are likely to continue to vote Democrat even though every one of these cities they are fleeing was destroyed by the very people they voted for.

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NYC is dead forever ... Here's why - James Altucher, 14 August 2020
https://jamesaltucher.com/blog/nyc-is-dead-forever-heres-why/

Altucher, a lifelong resident of the city, reviews the situation.  The city has been through a couple of bad patches before, even relatively recently, but this New Yorker thinks that this time the city will never come back.

He notes the various reasons for moving to and living in New York City, and then tells us why they aren't relevant anymore.  Business opportunities are not something I give much thought to at this point in my life.  Even culture isn't the draw it once was for someone like myself.  But I'm always interested in food, even though I very rarely eat in restaurants.   Most urban people do, though, and frequently.  The selection is narrowing:

C) FOOD

My favorite restaurant is closed for good. OK, let’s go to my second favorite. Closed for good. Third favorite, closed for good. 

I thought the PPP was supposed to help. No? What about emergency relief? No. Stimulus checks? Unemployment? No and no. OK, my fourth favorite, or what about that place I always ordered delivery from? No and no. 

Around late May, I took walks and saw that many places were boarded up. OK, I thought, because the protesting was leading to looting and the restaurants were protecting themselves. They’ll be OK. 

Looking closer, I’d see the signs. For lease. For rent. For whatever.

 The disappointing thing is that many of these people are so entrenched in their ways that they are likely to continue to vote Democrat even though every one of these cities they are fleeing was destroyed by the very people they voted for.

They flee the places that have deteriorated forgetting that they are bringing themselves along. They are bringing the very ideology that caused the deterioration in the first place. TX may well be the next to fall.

Make Dems Cry Again 2020! (bobrazz) said:

The "Spectator" was always the socialist rag that bordered on communist!

The Spectator has come to be my  favourite journal.  It is the oldest magazine in the world (just short of two hundred years old).   And I read widely.   

Most of my reading is actual books.  I was a professional librarian for many years and am still fanatically devoted to 'traditional', i.e., real books.   I mostly read history and ethnography, but also a lot of natural history (cosmology, paleontology), and even religion, especially Buddhism and Christianity.

In terms of journals I used to read The Atlantic, Harper's, The London Review of Books, , and The New York Review of Books, and I still take a quick look at them.  But they have become tired and stale.  Harper's must have a policy that no photo or article will be published if it shows anything beautiful.

Negative, negative, negative.  And I am a sworn enemy of postmodernism.

Negative, negative, negative.  And I am a sworn enemy of postmodernism.

This election cycle is clearly negative. Both candidates are advertising "defeat" {whomever}.

A real mistake on President Trump's part. He's got lots of accomplishments on the record that will need to be repeated in the near future. Biden's record of "accomplishment" is zip!

Make Dems Cry Again 2020! (bobrazz) said...

Biden's record of "accomplishment" is zip!

Tell that to Kamala Harris after she repeats one of Joe Biden's past accomplishments.

And then tell that to Kamala Harris again, after she repeats one of Joe Biden's future accomplishments.

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