Trump storm troopers ready for their wannabe Nazi role


Mason Trinca/AFP

A new word, doomscrolling, describes the way we compulsively tickle our phones into providing a non-stop stream of dire health and disease statistics, grim economic predictions, images of food lines and exploding emergency rooms.

With so much doom to scroll through, it’s hard to know when to stop and pay attention, but one story that jumped out at me – and, I hope, at many others – is the account of how demonstrators in Portland, Oregon, protesting racism and police brutality earlier in July, were tear-gassed, beaten, seized off the street by unidentified, masked federal agents in camouflage and fatigues, hustled into unmarked vans and detained for hours. The agents were reported to work with the US Marshals Special Operations Group and Bortac, the Border Patrol Tactical Unit.

Government-funded thugs, assaulting citizens, still conjure up repellent images of Hitler’s Brownshirts stomping their fellow Germans, and the street kidnapping of civilians has been the hallmark of authoritarian dictatorships…

The essential political division in this benighted nation is not between those surprised – or not surprised – by Trump’s deliberate march into fascism. The parade ground of history, once again, divides between an opposition supporting constitutional democracy and supporters of the wannabe absolute ruler at any cost…even if fascist rule is the result. It will satisfy their racism, ignorance, simpleton admiration for military rule.

Trump sent Federal Cops to “show locals how to handle protesters” – They shot one in the head.


LaBella “a threat” by holding speaker so folks could hear speeches

Federal law enforcement shot and severely injured a protester Saturday night during demonstrations in front of the federal courthouse in downtown Portland.

Donavan LaBella, 26, was shot in the head by what friends and witnesses said was an impact munition.

Videos of the incident posted online brought swift condemnation from some local leaders, including both of Oregon’s U.S. Senators, who demanded answers from the federal government, and City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, who asked that federal troops leave Portland immediately…

Desiree LaBella, Donavan’s mother, said he suffered facial and skull fractures…“He was awake enough to give the OK to talk to me,” she said. “He’s had some facial reconstruction surgery…”

Desiree LaBella said she planned to contact an attorney Monday for a possible lawsuit on behalf of her son. She spoke to her son via computer late Sunday morning and said that while he was awake, doctors were monitoring his neurological condition and continuing work to drain blood from his brain.

Sounds like everything the Fake President would approve of…attacking non-violent protestors, putting one in hospital with a fractured skull.

I wonder when they start wearing the armbands.

How Republicans “protect” the legacy of Abraham Lincoln


Click to enlargeMartha Raddatz

On Tuesday evening, the Lincoln Memorial was a place only for the police and troopers who, standing behind metal barriers, kept the public away.

Masked troops — some wearing vests that read “military police” but most simply in camouflage battle dress — stood in even rows on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Tuesday. They appeared to be National Guard, but many lacked flags, name tags or other identifying badges.

Welcome to the Fascist Nation of 21st Century America. That’s neither an abuse or even overuse of the term. The definition fits better and better every day remaining of the Fake President in office.

Trump wants to give police more military weapons

The Trump administration is taking steps to ensure more police officers can equip themselves with camouflage uniforms, bayonets, and even grenade launchers.

All the things your community-oriented coppers need to get along with everyone.

On Monday, President Donald Trump issued an executive order reversing rules by former President Barack Obama that restricted police departments’ ability to obtain surplus military weapons. The Obama-era restrictions curtailed programs, such as the 1033 program, that effectively let police obtain excess military gear from federal agencies for free or through federal dollars.

Obama’s 2015 rules were a response to protests in Ferguson, Missouri, over the police shooting of Michael Brown, in which cops used military-grade equipment to counter the protests — a move that many critics at the time considered excessive, given that the demonstrations were mostly peaceful.

The Trump administration argues that blah, blah, blah, blah!

The Obama administration’s restrictions weren’t about making the police’s job more difficult. They were about changing the mentality and reputation that still surrounds law enforcement — and, ultimately, pulling back the “us versus them” view that can make policing far too aggressive, contributing to distrust toward law enforcement in many US communities…

“The Obama…restrictions were about telling both cops and the communities they serve: The police are public servants, not an occupying force,” Radley Balko wrote. “They’re there to protect and serve, not to harass and intimidate. It was a modest attempt to address the ‘us vs. them’ mentality.”…

The Trump administration…doesn’t give a shit! They couldn’t care less about communities in the broadest sense. Herr Trump wants an obedient nation and coppers loyal to him personally.

RTFA for lots of history, detail and understanding about what this creep wants.

Pic of the day: Heroic coppers defend white Baton Rouge

Ieshia Evans, hero
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A photograph of a woman protesting the death of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, last weekend — striking because of her resolute facial expression, dignified pose and the juxtaposition between her flowing dress and the riot gear of the Louisiana State Police as they approach to arrest her — has gone viral, and now we know that the woman at the center of the photo is a mother to a 5-year-old boy.

Ieshia Evans went to Baton Rouge to join the protests “because she wanted to look her son in the eyes to tell him she fought for his freedom and rights,” a friend named R. Alex Haynes wrote…

This is closer to the truth of life in the American Police State than any conservative whines. If you’re white, you’re right. If you’re Black, git back!

U.N. torture watchdog urges crackdown on U.S. police brutality

Conservatives definition of freedom

The U.N. Committee against Torture urged the United States…to fully investigate and prosecute police brutality and shootings of unarmed black youth and ensure that taser weapons are used sparingly.

The panel’s first review of the U.S. record on preventing torture since 2006 followed racially-tinged unrest in cities across the country this week sparked by a Ferguson, Missouri grand jury’s decision not to charge a white police officer for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager.

The committee decried “excruciating pain and prolonged suffering” for prisoners during “botched executions” as well as frequent rapes of inmates, shackling of pregnant women in some prisons and extensive use of solitary confinement.

Its findings cited deep concern about “numerous reports” of police brutality and excessive use of force against people from minority groups, immigrants, homosexuals and racial profiling.

The panel referred to the “frequent and recurrent police shootings or fatal pursuits of unarmed black individuals.”

“We recommend that all instances of police brutality and excessive use of force by law enforcement officers are investigated promptly, effectively and impartially by an independent mechanism,” said panel member Alessio Bruni…

“We have certain concerns about whether investigations are thoroughly completed and whether punishment of law enforcement (officers) when they have crossed the line are effectively put in place,” committee member Jens Modvig told reporters.

Activists welcomed the findings and called for reforms.

“This report – along with the voices of Americans protesting around the country this week – is a wake-up call for police who think they can act with impunity,” said Jamil Dakwar of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), who attended the review.

Of course, we could elect a solid Republican federal administration in 2016 to match the Koch Bros/Heritage Foundation anschluss of state legislatures. Then, police brutality would take place with an absolute guarantee of impunity.

The Confederacy could be recognized as a federalist partner of our government and the US National Guard would give partner status to Oathers and other crypto-fascist militias. Woo-hoo!