Expecting the Impossible from Charlottesville PD

The lack of overwhelming police presence is exactly what I think the White Supremacist instigators of this rally wanted: violent confrontation, blood, headlines.  

 Both citizens and protestors complained that the Charlottesville police couldn't or wouldn't protect them.    Crowd control, to say nothing of riot control, requires that every officer stick to the plan, to hold his designated position.  Whenever a  fight breaks out and officers abandoned their posts guarding entry and exit points, the entire crowd control plan breaks down and the potential for chaos grows even further.  
 
Nor, when the crowds begin to disperse and then re-condense on streets deep into the city grid, did the police have any chance of both completing their main objective, moving people out of the park, and being present to douse every flaring of tempers and flaling of fists.  
 
Sure, the City of Charlottesville could have recruited officers from nearby cities to augment their ranks, but who is going to pay those officers for their time?  Their travel?  Their meals?  Their motel rooms?  

And don't forget a riot cops do not spring full form from the badge.  Instead, troops have to train, train together, draw equipment, and walk through many scenarios.   Properly policing the White Power riots would have been an prohibitively expensive proposition.  
Surely the city of Charlottesville is not expected to make an extra tax levy against it's own citizens for a million or so dollars to pay to protect a demonstration they never invited, went to court to try to stop, and, in the end, did the best they could with what they had.  
 
And Richard Spencer and his contingent of merry troublemakers played on the weaknesses of the Charlottesville PD by insisting no other place would do.  

The Neo-Nazis got exactly what they wanted: dramatic footage and pictures, lots of confrontations, and mayhem that the neo-Nazis could not have accomplished in a major metropolitan area.  

Charlottesville was victimized twice.  Once by the White Supremacist and again by the Federal Courts.  
 

Ring Ring!

Added a Ring Pro Video Doorbell to our arsenal of home security.  Took all of 20 minutes to install it, mostly waiting for paint to dry.  If you have several doors, a home can have up to 4 Ring Pro devices connected.   

Review — On Tyranny:

It's easy to feel despair about America, that everything is coming apart at the seams.  Despair leads to helplessness, and that helplessness leads to Tyranny.  These books are the antidote for despair, a recipe for fighting back against Tyranny and making ourselves into better citizens and the nation a better nation.  

Federalist Society gets it Backwards on the March for Science

Tracinski's proposition regarding a modern citizen's relation to "Science" mirrors the Church's pre-Enlightenment view of a citizen's relation to the deity: mediation through the Church, acceptance of received wisdom, belief in priestcraft and superstition.  If Franklin, Jefferson and Priestley represent the first revolution of Citizen Science, The second revolution in Citizen Science revolution is upon us, jump started by the pioneering work of Carl Sagan.  

Trump Could Still Lose

Courts have ruled that while states can require Electors to take a pledge of loyalty, Electors of the Electoral College are free agents.  Electors breaking their pledge or refusing to vote is not unheard of (the term for such an Elector is a Faithless Elector

Why I Care About #BlackLivesMatters (and Why You Should Too)

One of those sets of tools and limits is the tacit understanding that reasonable lawful decisions made in the performance of their official duties that happen in an instant on the street will generally be adjudicated in favor of the officer.  Otherwise, no one would take the job. 

However, if that understanding is abused by the police, as minority communities have complained for decades, and which they can now prove with video, then all the people have a responsibility to take notice.