After the riots, my walk down Chicago’s Magnificent Mile

By John Ruberry

Chicago’s largest shopping district, and its best-known, is North Michigan Avenue, which is just north of downtown. It’s known internationally as the Magnificent Mile. 

The Mag Mile is dominated by luxury department stores and boutiques, including Nordstrom’s, Bloomingdale’s, Cartier, Macy’s Tiffany, Burberry’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Rolex, and many more. 

So naturally it was a target of the Antifa-driven riots of last weekend in Chicago. 

I was on the Mag Mile Thursday. Nearly every building was boarded-up at street level. Not all were looted, I assume. But who knows?

Someone tried to break down the glass doors at Rolex apparently with a sledgehammer, after which another hooligan sprayed “F*ck Trump” on one of the shattered doors. 

Spontaneous protests aren’t attended by sledgehammer wielding thugs carrying cans of spray paint.

Many stores were looted–probably most. 

There’s an American Girl Store on the Mile–it was boarded up. The Disney Store on North Michigan was not the happiest shop in the world–it was sealed off by plywood too.

There was rioting and looting all over Chicago and in the suburbs. On a personal note the area where I live, the inner northern suburbs, was not hit by rioting and looting. 

The George Floyd homicide was an abomination. But I don’t believe there is any justification for the rioting, looting, and the arson, the latter of which didn’t strike the Magnificent Mile. 

The Illinois lockdown is harsh. Dine-in restaurants are still closed–outdoor dining was allowed on May 29, except in Chicago, which had a June 3rd partial re-opening date. Many of the aforementioned retailers had been closed since late March and were looking at a June 3 reopening. 

Then came the riots. 

Chicago and Illinois’ recovery from the Great Recession was a slow one–political mismanagement, corruption, and unfunded pension liabilities saw to that. And those three underlying failures, particularly the pension bomb, have gotten worse since then. 

Chicago and Illinois seem destined for more misery.

I want to add one more thought. Police brass botched the initial response to the downtown and Magnificent Mile riots. The Chicago River draw bridges were not immediately raised, an opportunity to block or at least separate the mob was lost. And Chicago police officers were guarding Chicago’s 18 miles of lakefront parks from walkers, runners, and cyclists, as they have been for over two months, while the riots and arson raged. 

Those cops are still at the lakefront. 

Anger–and stupidity–rules Chicago.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

Keith Ellison and My Plan of Action for Riots Part 2

When I woke up on Thursday (when I wrote this post at first) I thought of my friend Hanna who had escaped from Iraq and now lives in Worcester MA.

I interviewed her for my interviews with immigrants series a while back and thought how familiar the violent scenes that she thought she had escaped must be and how she is reacting.

But it also hit me that she must also have experience in prep for these matters so as long as she and her family kept her head they were likely do better than Americans not experienced with this kind of thing and while there is tragically a lot of experience in my family defending one’s home and business from people trying to harm or kill us, most of it happened before I was born so I had to come up with a plan which I wrote it this post below. I thought of mothballing it but now it’s Saturday and I’ve read this:

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is reportedly taking further steps in the murder case of George Floyd. Ellison is expected to up the charge against Officer Derek Chauvin to murder in the second degree. Chauvin was filmed kneeling on Floyd’s neck as he audibly said that he could not breathe, which ultimately led to his death on the scene; he was originally arrested on a charge of third-degree murder and manslaughter last week.

and realized this is a recipe for disaster. He is upping the charges to a level that requires intent to kill rather that reckless action the chances are excellent that a good lawyer can win this case meaning the chances are even better for a 2nd round of rioting (if that was the goal of his move is a post for another day) given that possibility I think it’s worth publishing my plan of action post for others future reference after all. Here it is. (note that 1, 2, 4-7 & 11 are good for any natural disaster)

  1. Have a bag packed with two days of clothing and some toiletries. If you are forced to flee you have more to wear than the clothes on your back. If the worst doesn’t happen go on an overnight with family sometime in the month so you can use the clothes and get them washed.
  2. Get a credit card count that you never plan to use and keep that card in that bag (if anyone charges you know it’s fraud) and if you have to flee and need cash or credit you have your full line to use.
  3. Make sure anything that can be used as a weapon against you is put away. No gas or oil for the mower or combustibles in view of a passing “protest” no cobblestones or other items to be thrown through your windows in easy reach of the yard.
  4. Have an escape route planned. If you are not planning to defend your property or even if you are and reach the point where such a defense is untenable know how you are leaving and by what route. If you get any news that said route is about to or has the potential to be cut off leave at once.
  5. Arrange at least two “bolt holes” in advance to hold up with family and / or friends. If at all possible choose definable locations & people who you know are well armed.
  6. Plan for contingencies. Will you lose power, will you lose internet? Will a lot of people be fleeing in one directly.
  7. Make sure you have key data on a SD card and at least one device “laptop, phone, etc ready to go. Make sure you have spare cables and chargers packed.
  8. Remember that if you are planning to defend your property make sure your loved ones are safe and gone. If they are nearby you will be distracted worrying about their safety which will get you hurt or killed.
  9. Know the lay of the land. What route are potential attackers coming from? Are there choke points where they can be stopped before reaching your home (bridges etc) that are more defensible?
  10. Base any defense on the weapons you have at hand. If the only weapons you have are for close quarters don’t get in a situation where you can be overwhelmed. If they are ranged then keep your distance and your advantage.
  11. Adjust to developing situations. It’s axiomatic that no plan survives contact with an enemy. Keep an eye on what is happening and adjust your strategy accordingly. Being signed on to some kind of police band is useful here.
  12. REMEMBER THE GOAL IS THE SAFETY OF YOUR HOME AND YOURSELF! You are not there to “punish” anyone you are there to keep yours safe. Be ready to defend an attack but don’t invite one or taunt those going by if they choose to go by even if they are taunting you. Choose the hill you’re going to die carefully because you may end up doing so and one rock through one window isn’t it.
  13. If there is no chance to save your home, BUG OUT. This isn’t the Alamo and you’re not Jim Bowie. If you can’t save your property get to safety.
  14. FINALLY. Lethal force is the absolute last resort to be used when every other option is gone but once you decide to use it USE IT. If you’re at the point where it is do or die DO! But be damn sure before you do that you are ready for the consequences of that choice physical and legal.

Postscript: Know yourself! If you are not capable either physically or temperamentally or mentally to defend your property or family calmly and rationally or make life or death decisions in a crisis follow steps one to seven, ignore the rest and get the hell out.

Thank CNN the Democrats and the left for the Looting & Riots (per DaTechGuy’s Laws of Media outrage) UPDATE well this inspires confidence:

One of the distinguising features of DaTechGuy’s laws of media outrage is how they so readilty apply to the situations going on in the news. The current riots taking place in generally Democrat cities are an excellent example. To wit:

DaTechGuy’s 3rd law of media outrage

The MSM’s elevation and continued classification of any story as Nationally Newsworthy rather than only of local interest is in direct correlation to said story’s current ability to affirm any current Democrat/Liberal/Media meme/talking point, particularly on the subject of race or sexuality.

In an election where the Democrat/Media/Left is afraid that the black community is not energized the George Floyd case was a golden opportunity for the media to inject race in the campaign in the hopes that black voters would respond associating the police and authority with the GOP in general and Donald Trump in particular.

That’s why his death was national news but the murders of Ronald Lewis, Devin King, Justin Snipe, Troy Shelton, Brandon Brown, Tabaire Nix , Anthony Robinson, Gerrod Gibson, Jaquon Burke, Donnie Hill & Alex Wilson were not. None of these murders of black men were national stories because they did serve to advance a talking point.

Make no mistake the only reason why parts of Minneapolis are torched and Macy’s is looted and the College Football Hall of Fame is gone was because the Democrat/media/left wanted a talking point to motivate their base for election 2020.

DaTechGuy’s 2nd law of media outrage

The level of acceptance of the positions and/or actions of any group or organization by the left and media is directly proportional to their current or potential value in electing liberal Democrats.

The media did all they could to justify the riots at the start again in order to

  1. Portray them as valid response to the death of George Floyd.
  2. Not offend their Black base as images of black citizens looting appears
  3. Not offend the members of their violent antifa base who were rioting

However as soon as it became apparent that the riots were becoming counterproductive in terms of generating votes to Democrats and actually driving some how have suffered from it to the right its value to electing democrats were gone thus narrative changed to “white supremacists” & “Russians”.

DatechGuy’s 4th Law of Media outrage:

The degree of media exposure of the corruption or illegality committed by any individual or organization under investigation is directly proportional to its distance from the media’s ideology.

As soon as it became apparent that the President was ready to go after ANTIFA the media rushed to defend them both on air and in articles. The violence they had committed previously, particularity in the northwest was a non story to national media and was not worth of discussing or critiquing or was minimized.

Finally:

DaTechGuy’s 1st law of media outrage:

The level of Outrage or interest of the media and their allies on the left concerning any insult or prevarication concerning a person or thing will routinely be equal to the inverse of the degree of the political distance between said media / leftists and the target of said insult or prevarication at the time it is made

If Donald Trump for example attacking rioting and looting, the media spins him as a person trying to suppress “peaceful” protest because the media and left are against him. However if any democrat or black leader suggest riots and looting are wrong he is he is considered to be trying to bring peace to a volatile situation.

Closing thought: In my city 1000 miles from Minnesota there are going to be two “protests” local business’ have been advised to board up their windows because of course a cop going over the line in Minnesota reflects on our police force. My own home is less than a mile from where this is going to take place.

If something happens to my home or family during tomorrow or Friday’s scheduled “protests” this Sicilian-American will not forget the role of the Democrats in general and the media in particular in making it happen.

Update: Instalanche, thanks Ed. I’ve been through fitchburg this morning along the path of the protest and talked to what few business’ are there. They’re all pretty worried. Oddly enough there was a drive by shooting earlier this week and later a body found in the Nashua river, purportedly both men were of color (although I don’t have police confirmation on race, I suspect they’re rather occupied today)

Enterprise Rent a car in Fitchburg MA near where the “protests” will be

As today’s protest is being done by local groups and will be in broad daylight people the danger is likely less, Friday might be a different story, we shall see.

Reminder I’ll be discussing this on the DaTechGuy off DaRadio No Frills Livestream podcast on Friday at 3:00 PM EST (right after rush)

Update 2; You can’t make this up This is the Sentinel / Enterprise on the scheduled Fitchburg Protests

Since Floyd’s death, protests, some of which have been described as violent or destructive by officials, have taken place daily in cities across the country.

On Sunday, peaceful protests were carried out in Boston throughout the day until the demonstrations turned violent in the evening, with reports of fires being set and looting.

Boston police later released a list of the 53 people who were arrested after the violence began.

In Worcester on Monday, thousands of people demonstrated peacefully during the day to protest Floyd’s killing. However, things took a downward turn at night when some demonstrators threw rocks and police in riot gear used tear gas to disperse the crowds.

“some of which have been described as violent and destructive by officials?” I wonder how Danial Monahan describes arson and the destruction of 170+businesses in Minneapolis and widespread looting in NYC? High spirits? perhaps.