Sure, that stolen vehicle gets found.


 Clearwater police recovered a stolen Krispy Kreme delivery van reported taken from a Lake City store. It had dozens of doughnuts inside. The manager gave them to the police, who said they kept just a few and gave the rest to feed the homeless / Clearwater Police Department.

Florida cops found a stolen Krispy Kreme van. And they got to keep what was inside

 

That’s funny right there. Embrace the stereotype and make it tasty.

FBI Raids San Juan City Office

Feds Raid City Government Office in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Federal agents were carrying out an operation Tuesday at a municipal office building in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Telemundo PR reported.

FBI agents were raiding an office on the 15th floor of Torre Municipal de San Juan, according to authorities. The operation was related to suspected corruption in the department of procurement.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz said on Twitter that her instruction “is always total collaboration.”

“If someone has done something wrong, they should be subjected to due process and face the consequences of their actions,” she said.

Remember that Carmen Yulin Cruz was the woman who managed, after a hurricane nearly scrubbed Puerto Rico clean, to somehow have a complete wardrobe of  anti-Trump #Resistance tee shirts.

Accusations abounded that she deliberately stalled recovery efforts and made the situation worse out of a combination of corruption and anti-Trump sentiment.

I don’t think she realizes what she is in for here.

The Democrats made Trump’s handling of the Puerto Rico recovery part of their anti-GOP campaign.  Since then, bad news has trickled off the island.  Information about how poorly managed the power company was.  Images of warehouses worth of water bottles abandoned and not delivered.  Most of it ignored by the media.

Now we have, close to the election, an FBI raid on the office of the city of Trump’s most vocal Puerto Rican critic.  Everything Trump said about the recovery efforts failing because Puerto Rican goverment is more like that of the banana republics that are its neighbors than the US will be proven true.

This is one hell of an October surprise.

The Klan and Antifa. Antifa and the Klan.

If I have been a bit sparse in my writing, is because besides my usual duties taking care of an elderly mother, I have been helping with research for a book and having to go through old newspapers online courtesy of the Library of Congress.

I am now in the late 1860s and amazed at the level of political violence back then. This is the era of the Ku Klux Klan and we are not talking a small bunch of rednecks wearing the wife’s bed sheets and burning crosses at night, but fully organized groups in the hundreds on horseback attacking in the daylight.  Freedmen (Free Blacks), Republicans  or anybody who does not have a reputation for being true to the Confederacy’s ideology, was a target and that included people running for office, judges (specially if they sided with the law against the KKK), military and elected officials.  And when I say target, I mean they were killing them left and right. It got to the point where the celebrating a Republican caucus to select people running for offices was taking an unnecessary risk because it was going to be hit by the Klan and hard.

Newspapers of the area were either fully in support of the Klan or very silent about it. Paper un North and away from the Klan-dominated areas would comment on the suspicious self-restrain, but let’s face it: having your business firebombed and your ass shot by masked assholes protected or at least ignored by the local law was not a sane alternative.

I bring this up because it seems Portland is on its way to become as bad as New Orleans in 1866: A group of self-appointed defenders of what is good attacking their political enemies with the complacent support of the media and local Law Enforcement. It took five more years for Congress to act and pass the Ku Klux Act giving President Ulysses S. Grant (later to become head of the NRA) the power to kick some ass. It was then that the KKK stopped being so open about its actions and took the undercover role we have come to known till its resurgence again in the early 20th century.

We already had politically motivated attacks against elected officials: Rep. Steve Scalise and Sen. Paul Rand.  With the Kavanaugh hearings, we saw confrontations almost getting physical and a complicity my the Media on publishing distorted information and outright lies.  Clearly one side has chosen to forego civility to achieve political victory. But if civility does not hold and they cannot win by being verbally confrontational, the idea of physically damaging or killing your opponents cannot be far behind.

I will grant you it has not become as bad and that we have not had hundreds of people massacred in one day…yet. But I fear some killing will happen and the people will not wait for Washington to start hunting masked “warriors”. Only this time, the Glorious Masked Knights are not attacking unarmed folks but a heavily armed and out-of-patience majority.

History repeating itself? It does not bode well for those who ignore or are unaware of it.