Monday Mirthiness: a ‘mostly peaceful’ #Election2020 choice

By now, I’m sure almost everyone who reads WUWT has seen the ridiculous CNN screencap with the FIERY BUT MOSTLY PEACEFUL PROTEST title while flames and burnt out cars inhabit the background. Josh did, and provides his take on it, along with a detour into the guillotine protest culture that has shown up lately as well.

The question is, do you vote for the party of the guillotines or not?

Seems like an easy choice. Choose wisely.

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110 thoughts on “Monday Mirthiness: a ‘mostly peaceful’ #Election2020 choice

    • Looks like the left are suddenly warming to the 2nd amendment !

      WUWT is a bit behind the news with this article. Latest from CNN’s “editor at large” Chris Cilligeeza:

      Trump’s efforts to label what is happening in major cities as “riots” speaks at least somewhat to his desperation, politically speaking, at the moment.

      His tweet is set against a dramatic shot of a two military figures silhouetted against a blazing warehouse.
      Something Trump is “desperately” trying to misrepresent as the result of a riot, when in fact is a perfectly peaceful demonstration.

      • Either Trump will become the 2 term 45th President of the United States of America (USA)
        Joe Biden will become the First President of the United Socialist States of America (USSA)

    • “Come on! You don’t need THAT gun.”

      I’m lost figuring out why one should have THAT gun but could have THAT OTHER guns.

      Either way, the guy on the receiving end is dead or in bad shape.

  1. Do they think we’re stupid? I mean, seriously, how much does the press really think ‘spin’ can change reality?

    I’ve been calling the modern press Goebbels on steroids but I think I’ve been lowballing.

      • ” pro-Trump organization called Patriot Prayer”

        More spin, even on Fox. Antifa can’t point to one fascist thing Patriot Prayer has done or promoted. Antifa, on the other hand, displayed their fascism in full.

        • I spent some time this morning researching these guys. The worst that I can find is that the Proud Boys showed up at a couple of their demonstrations.

          As to them being far-right, remember the left wind political spectrum goes something like this:
          Communist – Socialist – Far Right

          • Yes – and the city’s position is that their presence is provocation.


            And Wheeler just came out today, blaming Trump.

          • Seems Trump isn’t giving the terrorists the bribes they demand. Therefor, according to the Democrats, this makes Trump responsible for all the violence.

          • “I spent some time this morning researching these guys. The worst that I can find is that the Proud Boys showed up at a couple of their demonstrations.”

            The local media in Seattle likes to call them white nationalists, just short of calling them white supremacists, again without evidence.

            Which is funny, because the leader of the group is of Oriental descent, not white. (I refuse to say Asian, there’s nothing wrong with the word Oriental)

        • The founder of Patriot Prayer has in the past openly and forcefully rejected white supremist groups, neo-nazis groups and alt-right groups. But ANTIFA labels as “fascists” anyone who doesn’t support their thuggery and anarchy agenda. That’s how Bolsheviks roll. You have to be a moron to not realize what ANTIFA is. The guy who allegedly shot the Patriot Prayer marcher labels himself as 100% ANTIFA on his Facebook page.

          • ‘You have to be a moron to not realize what ANTIFA is.’

            A moron or a bigot, just spitting hatred.

            Example – About five minutes ago, I listened to Juan William’s interviewed – he was going on and on about all the racist things Trump’s said – the interviewer asked him to name one.

            Williams said, ”Where do I began?” and then went on again – BUT NEVER MENTIONED ONE.

            That’s called ‘side-stepping’ because he was stumped to come up with one.

          • Only the left could come up with the name antifa for a fascist organization, the most fascist group in the USA as far as I can tell. What next? Are they going to call themselves progressive and liberal?

            …… hold on a sec ??

            Biden, the senile old idiot, was decrying Trump for his fanning the flames. Hello Joe, or do you identify as Josephine for a few more votes? Who set the fires that made the flames that are allegedly being fanned? People have the internet now you anachronistic waste of space.

            This is not going to end well.

    • “Do they think we’re stupid?”

      Yes. Just ask them, and they will tell you how stupid anyone who disagrees with them is.

      Another CNN host refers to the RNC as a minstrel show, which would make all the blacks that spoke, just pretend blacks.

      CNN especially has been quite insulting towards any black who dares to leave the Democrats plantation.

    • Do they think we’re stupid?

      That was a rhetorical question I take it. In case it wasn’t, the answer is without a doubt YES. And they don’t even try to hide it anymore. At least in the past they’d try to pretend that they didn’t.

      • they are playing to their base….

        we’re the stupid ones….

        …the smart ones are out rioting, looting, and killing

    • It just has to influence voters. I saw a tweet this morning with 16k retweets and 18k likes that was claiming every single bit of destruction was right-wingers and Trump supporters aside from a few anarchists…zero BLM, zero Antifa, zero Biden supporters.

      Joy Reid keeps tweeting similar stuff.

      Idiots and deniers gobble it up.

  2. Good cartoon, deny the assault and damage then when the polls go against it blame others for it.

    Still Baghdad Bob came to mind but faked news was his business.

  3. The fire in the background reminds me of that Naked Gun scene … “nothing to see here move along”

  4. Anthony’
    Methinks the Lamestream urinalists would call the Uruk-hai and orcs of Middle Earth peaceful protestors if they were doing the DemoKKKrats bidding of dividing and destroying! I’m also thinking that the black and independent voter is starting to look at the Pantifa and Burn/Loot/Murder rioters as exactly that!
    There is NO WAY the DemoKKKrats can win this election without massive amounts of voter fraud and if they keep pushing normal, sane people away with their madness they may not be able to pull it off!
    Thanks for the morning laugh and such a great place to with others!

  5. The shooting has begun. If the local authorities don’t get a handle on this soon, it’s going to get even worse.

    • This is their playbook – in cities where it’s happening, the ‘authorities’ are part of it.

      See, THEY are calling them ‘mostly peaceful’ too.

      • Well, I’m told that it’s not the protestors that are causing the violence. It’s a bunch of right-wing agitators infiltrating the protests and stirring up trouble.

        I haven’t seen any evidence of this, but I keep being told it’s true. Because there is no possible way the peaceful protestors would ever become violent without right-wing agitators stirring things up.

        • Yeah, I know – they’ve rioted every night for going on three months, and the counter-protesters have only been out a couple nights – but I’m sure the other 99% of the time they burned buildings, destroyed property, and committed assault on citizens and cops simply in anticipation of all that right-wing agitation.

    • From what I have seen, most of the local authorities have no intention of “getting a handle on this”.

      Instead they are determined to justify anything the rioters do, and to make sure that the rioters at least don’t suffer from the consequences of these actions.\

      Local business owners are on their own.

      • “Local business owners are on their own.”

        Yes. And if they “brandish a weapon”, they’re bad people and should be arrested.

        • What these city governments don’t get is they won’t be able to rebuild, no one is going to be able to get insurance .

      • What I’m afraid of is the underlying message:
        If Trump gets reelected, Americans will have no peace for another four years and the protesting, rioting, looting and killing will intensify…
        I hope American voters will not yield to BLackMail.

  6. Full on propaganda has replaced news. The Left thinks everyone is gullible and believes them but it only draws more people to the truth. In today’s information age it’s impossible to totally disappear the truth. Trump’s trite phrase “fake news” resonates with more people than they know.

  7. For those outside the U.S. and those inside the U.S. that only listen to CNN, Jacob Blake had an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest for sexual assault. He had returned to that same woman’s home when she called the police. They arrived and tried to arrest him, he resisted and began fighting with the police. Tasers were used without success. He either had a knife or went to retrieve a knife when he was shot.
    Making a hero out of a sexual predator felon is the mindset of America’s left.

    • Indeed, most of these “police shootings” the left have been holding up as paragons who were “murdered” by the police “because racism” were actually violent criminals (armed, reaching for their own weapon, or reaching for the cops weapon) resisting the police (and some of the police involved were themselves people of color), not that you’d know it from listening the fake news media. When an incident happens they immediately create an untrue narrative based on zero verifiable facts (for example “hands up don’t shoot”) at the outset, by the time the true facts are revealed it’s too late, the false narrative just keeps getting repeated (“hands up don’t shoot” never happened, as the physical and forensic evidence testifies, but still keeps being repeated to this day).

      • They keep up the lies even when it isn’t the police involved. There are still a large number of people who believe that Zimmerman ambushed and slaughtered the poor little 12 year old Martin in Florida.
        Instead, according to the testimony of 17 year old, football playing Martin’s girlfriend, he had reached his home and at that time decided to go back and teach that white cracker a lesson.

      • ““hands up don’t shoot” never happened, as the physical and forensic evidence testifies, but still keeps being repeated to this day”

        Physical evidence also included the testimony of the other witnesses at the scene. The only source of the “hands up, don’t shoot” claim was the guy’s partner in crime.

        • Well, there were a couple of “witnesses”who perjured themselves to repeat Johnson’s claim. There was also the audio that confirmed a sequence of gunshots consistent with the officer’s account, and a construction worker up the street who also confirmed that Brown was not trying to surrender.

    • The police were responding to a 911 call from the woman he assulted. She had a restraining order yet he entered her premises. The police knew there was an arrest warrant outstanding when they responded to 911. He had a knife in his hand when they tazed him. The bodycam footage had the officers yelling repeatedly drop the knife before they finally fired. The cellphone footage from across the street shows both facts clearly before the police fired.

      • It’s like the Rodney King case. The media edit any clip they have until it shows only what they want to be seen.

      • in Australia someone standing over a corpse holding a knife dripping blood is referred to as “the alledged” killer
        ffs legalese gone rank!

        • It’s possible, no matter how extremely unlikely, that the person just so happened to have stumbled across the corpse and picked up the knife that was lying nearby right before being found in that rather compromising looking position. Hence alleged is the appropriate descriptor until such time as it’s proven in a court of law (the whole pesky innocent until proven guilty thing) at which time the “alleged” can be dropped.

          (of an incident or a person) said, without proof, to have taken place or to have a specified illegal or undesirable quality.

    • Thanks for the info Tom in Florida. Here in the UK the BBC have merely repeatedly broadcast that the police shot Blake in the back seven times while he was getting into his car, and with his children sitting in the rear. On the video you can see they are trying to stop him, but he gets away from them and refuses to comply with their instructions to stop, even though they were aiming a gun at him. He opens the driver door and then reaches down to pick something up, leaving the police no option but to shoot him or risk themselves being shot or stabbed.

  8. The official Democratic party positions on this, which are quickly adopted by the party faithful, have evolved from mostly peaceful, to “there is no rioting”, to these are Republicans who are doing the looting and burning. At times it descends into an incoherent mumbling like “183,000 dead” or “economy ruined” as if these phrases had some meaning in and of themselves — or as if they had some magic behind them.

    When Obama was President the Democrats often spoke of nuance, as if only they understood the complexities of life, but now they want no nuance at all, just one-dimension explanations of everything; and, those explanations had better serve political needs.

    I am stunned were this country appears to have gone in two terms of Obama, then three years of infantile tantrum over an election gone wrong, to the past six months or so of magical thinking indistinguishable from that of stone age peoples. Scary!

    • Kevin, it’s not the country, just the left. I know it can seem like it’s the whole country if you watch the marxstream media, but it’s really only a minority. I just hope it serves as a wake up call for the silent majority by election day, otherwise this country will be in deep Kenosha.

      • I live in a town heavily Democrat (its a university town), and I hear and see it from people all the time. They have a script that they appear to read from. Are these people “left” or “Democrats”? Is there a difference? I know of lifelong Democrats who complain I should not blame all Democrats for this thinking, but then I hear a somewhat similar script come from their mouths.

        Maybe its just the “left” giving the other 1% of Democrats a bad reputation?

        • I live in a town heavily Democrat (its a university town),

          Well that right there is your problem. You live in a hotbed of left-wing think (more from the university town than from the heavily Democrat, though the two together is a toxic combo).

          • Socialism is by definition perfect.
            If there are any problems it’s obviously because we haven’t implemented socialism completely yet.

          • ‘If there are any problems it’s obviously because we haven’t implemented socialism completely yet.’

            Boy, if I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard some version of THAT line.

      • I lived in Kenosha when I was 8-9 years old. It was a quiet town just north of the Illinois border in the shores of Lake Michigan. It was mostly known for an automobile plant and Carthage College. It was the birthplace of Orson Wells, Don Ameche, and Mars Cheese Castle. It is NOT NYC nor Seattle. It’s more than unsettling that this violence has spread beyond the leftist big cities to village and hamlet. Let the voter beware.

    • “The official Democratic party positions on this, which are quickly adopted by the party faithful, have evolved from mostly peaceful, to “there is no rioting”, to these are Republicans who are doing the looting and burning.”


      Recently the Governor of South Dakota was making a statement, at the RNC, I believe, accurately depicting what was happening in Seattle, Portland, and other Democrat-run cities. Rachel Madcow was on the job, and immediately got the mayor of Seattle, Jenny Durkan, on the phone to “fact-check” the SD Gov’s remarks.

      Durkan did not acknowledge ANY rioting or damage to businesses, or anything else, in her rebuttal. She didn’t acknowledge that there were at least 3 murders on her watch directly related to the rioting and the so-called CHOP zone. She, the governor Jay Inslee, and the King County Executive Dow Constantine, all have blood on their hands. Yet none of them or the “protesters” will say the names of those murdered.

  9. I missed the news this weekend – had to help out getting 90litres of diesel out of our starboard water tank. It’s a funny way to run an election campaign.

  10. Off subject- sorry- but, James Hansen will soon be publishing a new book. After having an email discussion with him about forestry (with me being a forester for 47 years)- I got on his email list and he’s been sending out drafts of chapters for that book. You can see most or all of the drafts at:

    The latest that he’s released is Ch. 30, “How Well Did our 1988 Model Do?”. Of course he claims it did very well. I read it but most of it is over my head. Some of you may find it interesting and worth deconstructing. I’d like to see what you say- perhaps this web site could start a new thread on Hansen’s book.

  11. So what your saying is fires can not be peaceful? Have your ever sat around a campfire during a cold night? I would have thought that all you warming deniers would love a nice warm fire now and then. Besides they also produce CO2 which all of you love, come on man.

  12. Reason #1 why businesses need to leave liberal infested cities…

    One day after rioters destroyed the Sports Dome retail complex in St. Paul, a construction crew hired by the city knocked the building down because it was dangerously unstable.

    Then the city presented the property owners with a $140,000 bill for what it would cost to haul away the debris.

    “We were really upset about that,” said property owner Jay Kim, whose insurance policy covers a maximum of $25,000 in demolition costs. “We thought that was high. But we didn’t know how much demolition would cost at the time.”

    Like dozens of other investors whose properties were severely damaged in the May riots, the Kim family was stunned to discover that the money it would collect from its insurance company for demolition won’t come close to the actual costs of doing the job. Most policies limit reimbursement to $25,000 to $50,000, but contractors have been submitting bids of $200,000 to $300,000. In many cases, the price of the work is not much lower than the actual value of the property, records show.

    • I know it’s not possible, but they should just abandon the burnt out building and walk away. Leave demolition cost to local government. It’s how Detroit became the shining gem if a city it is today. /Sarc

  13. Interesting stuff, considering James Hansen is one of the fathers of this CAGW meme. I would have thought he would have learnt from his own predictive failures and changed his mind on negative conclusions from climate change by now. We now live in a new Warm Modern Period which supports almost 8 billion people. Maybe ask him to write a chapter on the miracles of growing trees on the good Earth, specifically the Trillion Tree Initiative.

    The one thing I think we should all get behind is the Trillion Tree Initiative. At least it would be something useful as trees and forests are a net beneficial for ecosystems and wildlife and even communities and cities where we see massive urban forests even on the prairie cities, and everyone likes trees as they bring a lot of good when managed properly. It maybe only temporarily locks up terrestrial carbon and releases it again the scheme of things, but I will go along with that and as long as we do it for a 1000 years on a rotational basis, we will lock up some carbon, which would be meeting the alarmists part way with something useful. And we have a lot more timber to assist a growing world.

    Politics is the art of compromise, so if we do anything, it should make sense. Hardening the grid would be another good measure as there is noting better than electricity for the long term future. How we get that electricity is another issue. I don’t advocate trying to replace fossil fuels with biomass but with 1.5 Billion m3 of trees being milled annually all over the planet every year, that is a lot of wood waste to deal with. Some biomass makes sense especially to utilize all these millions of tons of wood waste from commercial forestry globally.

    I have planted over 1 million trees commercially with my small forestry company since I have also maybe harvested a million trees over my 41 years in the biz. It would only take a million little guys like me to get a trillion new trees growing. Who could argue with a trillion new trees? Probably a DemoKKKrat.

    One Trillion Tree initiative

    “In 2015, there were about 3 trillion trees in the world and later it was also estimated that planting 1.2 trillion more trees would counteract 10 years of anthropogenic CO2 emissions.”

    “The 2020 World Economic Forum, held in Davos, announced the creation of the One Trillion Tree Initiative platform for governments, businesses, and civil society to provide support to the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2020-2030), led by UNEP and FAO. Forum participant Donald Trump, president of the United States, announced that the government of the U.S. would commit to the initiative.

    As of 4 February 2020, 13.6 billion trees have been planted. I just planted 50,000 trees this spring on my 2000 acres of privately managed lands and woodlot. Everyone and every living thing is happy with that.,-In%202015%2C%20there&text=Forum%20participant%20Donald%20Trump%2C%20president,billion%20trees%20have%20been%20planted.

  14. I liked the older harmless days of reporting on dangerous storms from the bottom of a flooded ditch. They have moved to the next level….again.

  15. One quote from Dementia Joe sort of sums up how ignorant he is.
    Dementia Joe: “Instead of standing there and teaching a cop, when there’s an unarmed person coming at them with a knife or something, you shoot them in the leg instead of in the heart is a very different thing. ”

    unarmed with a knife. Joe Biden clearly isn’t very bright.

    • Ask any self-defense instructor, when shooting, always shoot for the center of mass. Shooting for the arms or legs it’s too easy to miss.

      Even when shooting for the body, they still miss at least half the time.
      Beyond that, lots of people have died from being shot in the leg. Nick the femoral artery and you will bleed out in a minute or two.

      • Unless you suspect the target is wearing body armor. Then go for the unarmored center of mass. Two in the chest, one in the head actually is a pretty good rule of thumb. But ammo is cheap so it is not a bad idea to keep firing until you actually observe a change in the target’s behavior.

  16. CNN also had a chyron that said “Violent protests happening now”… then someone obviously made a phone call, and the “Violent” part disappeared in real-time!

  17. 2020… The year we’ll wish we could forget, but will remain in memory as “that pivotal year in history”.

  18. If basic rights can be suspended because of a non existant pandemic, and governors can forever ignore the law (and congress) and govern by oukases, like Tsar… with the excuse of defending a non existent entity called “public health” (only individuals have “health”, not “the public”) … then surely the President can reject and dismiss any electoral result from a region (state, county, municipality…) that is under the control of rioters, their enablers, enemies of the State (esp. those who supported people who have links with Putin (wink wink) like one major (phony, illegal, imaginary) “impeachment” witness – like Fiona Hill)…

  19. I’ve also seen in the last few days a photograph of the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor with a mock CNN headline below it saying “the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor was mostly peaceful”. CNN has long been an embarrassment but surely even the fruit loops that work there must see that they are sprouting nonsense.

    • “Fiery but mostly peaceful flight of Japanese Zeros above Peral Harbor”

      “Fiery but mostly peaceful flight of aircraft over Dresden”

      CNN the inspiration of a thousand memes.

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