On April 15,2015, I returned to the old and crumbling hometown of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, for a visit. April is rain and construction season. I did manage to see the sun, for a little while. My last visit was in 2011 and not much has changed, since then. I rode the Inclined Plane, which closed two days later, for safety reasons. I also cautiously explored some of the back streets in some of the more blighted neighborhoods, including Hornerstown. All in all, I had a great visit. Video
And on the day I left... Police said his body was found in the back of a car parked in an alley off of Wood Street in Hornerstown. “He was pronounced dead at 12:58 a.m.,” said Chief Deputy Coroner Jeff Lees. “An autopsy was performed this afternoon which confirmed he passed away due to a gunshot to the head.” It’s the first homicide in the city this year and the third for Cambria County. WJAC
Prior to the National Socialist Movement rally in Toledo, Ohio, we set off for an “urban safari” to the Dearborn and Detroit areas. It was a most interesting and educational experience. We discovered blue tarps covering homes, just like in the impoverished nation of Haiti. Another fine liberal, black ruled utopia, indeed. Video
I greeted the crowd with "Good afternoon Toledo!" and received vulgar obscenities, in return... The neo-Nazis, who carried signs and banners, started their rally with the greeting “Good afternoon Toledo.” One speaker referenced coming to Toledo back in 2005, and he said they returned because they felt the city’s crime rate hasn’t improved. Toledo Blade Photos
The rally started on schedule at 3:30 p.m., with the speakers’ words often drowned out by counter-demonstrators, booing and shouting “Black power!” “Black lives matter!” “Go home!” and other chants and slogans. There were no major incidents. One person was escorted out for throwing something (which turned out to be a cell phone, which is in my possession) at the NSM members; another person was arrested after the rally for failure to disperse.
NSM members ended the rally at 4:39 p.m. and police and deputies on horseback immediately moved the crowd out of the area, with one officer shouting into a megaphone for people to disperse. This led to a minor clash nearby with law enforcement as people were forced off the site of the rally, but resolved quickly. TFP
Once again, somebody, consumed with hatred and bigotry, complained about the heavy police presence at the National Socialist Movement Rally in Toledo, Ohio. The NSM never asks for, nor desires, police protection. City governments and the police departments insist that police provide security, solely because violent counter demonstrators are known to throw rocks, incite riots, assault bystanders, destroy property and set fires.
Neo-Nazis don’t deserve protection
Why are we providing police protection and disrupting our town for neo-Nazis (“City seeks gun ban, restrictions for rally; Order would cover neo-Nazis, others,” April 16)? Take Back the Night marchers for the evening of the rally were refused a police presence because of the rally. Rhea Goldstein
The rally, slated for 3:30 pm April 18, also will close a significant portion of downtown to vehicle and pedestrian traffic and will be secured by multiple law enforcement agencies. Streets, including parts of Adams, Superior, North Michigan, North Erie, and Beech, will begin to close to vehicles and pedestrians at 11 a.m. April 18. City Spokesman Stacy Weber said the event would cost Toledo taxpayers $100,000 for city police overtime.
Battlefield America: The War On The American People
There is no end to the government’s unmitigated gall in riding roughshod over the rights of the citizenry, whether in matters of excessive police powers, militarized police, domestic training drills, SWAT team raids, surveillance, property rights, over criminalization, roadside strip searches, profit-driven fines and prison sentences, etc. A representative government means nothing when the average citizen has little to no access to their elected officials, while corporate lobbyists enjoy a revolving door relationship with everyone from the President on down. Zero Hedge
Steve Straub over at the Federalist Papers just posted a brilliant set of distinctions that concisely explain the difference between Republicans and Democrats. If you’ve ever tried to understand or better yet, if you’ve ever tried to explain the difference, but just couldn’t find the words – Steve’s recent post is for you. Onan Coca
We were warned about entangling alliances: "It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliance with any portion of the foreign world": it was George Washington's Farewell Address to us. The inaugural pledge of Thomas Jefferson was no less clear: "Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations-entangling alliances with none." More
In our supposedly "free society," we have to have laws put in place to protect our rights, due to hypocrites being intolerant of opposing viewpoints.