RIP, Kenosha

My column for the Washington County Daily News is online and in print. Go pick up a copy. Here’s a taste to incite you… a little ironic that I use the word “incite” when referring to a column about the Kenosha riots.

On the second night, one videographer followed a young man as he yelled for the children to go home because it was going to get bad. Sure enough, as the sun set, protesters turned into rioters as they tore down street lamps, stood on cars to break their windows with bats, smashed store windows, and looted the contents. Then the fires started. Multiple fires were started simultaneously to overwhelm the fire department, who could not enter the area safely anyway to put them out before they spread. I watched as family businesses burned and nearby homes were evacuated.

On the third night, the chaos worsened; multiple law enforcement agencies took a more aggressive posture to quell the riot. I watched from the angle of the rioters as police formed a human wall and used armored vehicles and nonviolent means to clear the streets. The rioters kept up a steady counterassault with rocks, shields, rolling burning dumpsters, bottles, and fire.

It was on that third night that one journalist came upon several armed citizens who were defending a gas station. They had had enough of the riots and were determined to protect life and property from the marauding horde. I watched as rioters confronted

the armed defenders. Words were exchanged. Spittle spewed. Tempers flared. On my way to bed, I commented to my wife that someone was going to die that night. The next morning, we learned that they did.

Watching several hours of immersive coverage of the riots illuminated a few things. First, traditional media is failing us. When I read the stories in traditional outlets the next day or caught the television newscast, it did not reflect what I watched. This was not a “mostly peaceful” protest where a little scuffle broke out. This was a full riot that raged for several nights. There may have been a peaceful protest during the day, but as soon as the sun set, it was anything but peaceful.

Second, many of the same people who were just shouting and taunting during the day were the same people who were smashing and burning in the night. This was not a case where the peaceful protesters went home at sunset and a shift of criminals and malcontents took their place. These were many of the same people. And many of them are ardent anarchists and Marxists who are intent on destabilizing our republic. You can see it in their graffiti and hear it as they shout it. They are not hiding. The shooting incident that precipitated the uprising was merely an excuse to launch a violent uprising.

31 Responses to RIP, Kenosha

  1. Le Roi du Nord says:

    And now trump and probably a plane load of his black uniformed thugs will make things worse. Listen to his recent interview with LI on faux, then tell us all he in a “stable genius”.

  2. Jason says:

    Hey Owen, you have your own rioters and looters here on your blog.  Look at the reply above for me an example of Virtual Looting.  The prick doesn’t have anything related to the topic, just tries to rile up the people he hates with as incendiary of a comment as his smooth brain can come up with.

  3. jjf says:

    Fifth, facts no longer matter.

    Trickle down, as they say.

    Jason, aren’t you just supposed to Take It?

  4. Mike says:

    Night after night in city after city I have seen the same thing. There are no peaceful protests after dark, only violent mobs.

  5. jjf says:

    Mike, you’re watching on your phone like Owen?

  6. Mar says:

    Wow, Le Roi, your comment was so racist.
    I guess you just joined jjf and Joe Biden in the liberal racist club.
    How very sad. I thought you were better than that.
    I guess not.

  7. Mark Hoefert says:

    @  Leroy, then tell us all he in a “stable genius”.

    Things go fine with the visit, no riots/disturbances (my prediction):

    Win for Trump/ “stable genius”

    Things go wrong with the visit – Leroy’s thugs act up (my alternate prediction) and remind America of what is at stake here:

    Win for Trump/ “stable genius”

    plane load of his black uniformed thugs will make things worse.

    I assume you are referring to the Secret Service. The outfit that sends in advance teams ahead of time to inventory every local nutcase and figure out the lay of the land. Like I said yesterday, they will have recorded license plates and checked hotel reservations. Drones will be flying over.

    Like rats & cockroaches, your crew will have scurried for cover or fled town by now.  The last thing they want to do is subject themselves to Federal law enforcement. It’s a whole new ballgame and no Democrat DA or governor will be able to pull their asses out of that fire. I hear that a lot of your crew are a bit “soft” – the “soy boy” types – the kind that hardened prisoners take to.

    The only exceptions may be those that are your IQ or lower.  My god, you are dense.

  8. jjf says:

    I hear that a lot of your crew are a bit “soft” – the “soy boy” types – the kind that hardened prisoners take to.

    Wow, does that make your argument stronger?  Firmer?  Harder?

  9. Jason says:

    >Wow, does that make your argument stronger?  Firmer?  Harder?


  10. jjf says:

    Because prison rape is hilarious, right?

  11. Mar says:

    “Because prison rape is hilarious, right?”
    Depends on who is being raped.

  12. Mark Hoefert says:

    @ John Foust  Wow, does that make your argument stronger?  Firmer?  Harder?

    I would think you would be more of an expert on those kind of proclivities based on some of the content  & pictures you posted at your Boots & Kittens parody site.  I remember your favorite was leather chaps.

    Which looks like you recently deleted?

    Oops, I don’t expect answer because you said you would not respond to your name.

  13. jjf says:

    Mark, let’s talk about your intent, then.  Do you spend a lot of time thinking about soy boys getting raped in prison?

  14. Jason says:

    >Mark, let’s talk about your intent, then.

    Johnny Boy, you’re the one using Italics to emphasize things, pervert.

    >Do you spend a lot of time thinking about soy boys getting raped in prison?

    Stop gaslighting ‘Lil John.


  15. Jason says:

    >Which looks like you recently deleted?


    Wait, is the bully turned victim, trying to hide his bad behavior?  Could he be ashamed of all the scolding he did here while hypocritically doing it for years and years?  Douche bag move for sure.


  16. jjf says:

    What’s the definition in your Special Dictionary?

    Tell me why you’re using the right word or not. 

    We speak English around here!

  17. Pat says:

    I loved BootsandKittens! Great parody! Reminded me of the parodies in the original National Lampoon Magazine.

  18. Mar says:

    How uncivilized.
    Now let’s get some tea and crumpets.

  19. Mark Hoefert says:

    @ John Foust, Mark, let’s talk about your intent, then.  Do you spend a lot of time thinking about soy boys getting raped in prison?

    Well, the response to my comment certainly must have started a party in your pants.

    To answer the question, obviously not to the level of fascination with homoeroticism that you displayed at your Boots & Kittens site.

    Wonder if some gays would consider that behavior homophobic. Perhaps they thought you were mocking them. In today’s cancel culture, nuance and context mean nothing, so by that standard, yes indeed, you have exhibited homophobic behavior.

    Good thing you deleted the site. Not so good if someone screencapped it.

  20. jjf says:

    Mark, so where does your prison rape comment sit on the continuum?  Nuanced and contextual?  Important for your argument?

  21. Jason says:

    >Nuanced and contextual?  Important for your argument?


    Well if you’re now trying to impose rigid standards to comments here, I expect we’ll never hear from you again… your bar is too high for yourself dummy.

  22. Jason says:



    Mark says

    > I hear that a lot of your crew are a bit “soft” – the “soy boy” types – the kind that hardened prisoners take to.

    You respond with

    >Do you spend a lot of time thinking about soy boys getting raped in prison?


    If someone says something you disagree with, you insult them with an attack.  Is that nuanced and contextual?   Want to use your Special Dictionary for that one?

  23. Le Roi du Nord says:

    mar et al:

    The “black uniformed thugs”  is something trump claimed on faux news.  I told you that.  You guys make all sorts of assumptions but don’t bother to do any research.  Truly sad.

  24. Mar says:

    That’s not an exact quote Le Roi.
    And it was a very stupid comment.

  25. Le Roi du Nord says:

    I didn’t claim it was, hence no “ “. A highly educated guy like you should know that.

    I agree, it was not a good comment on trumps part.

  26. Mar says:

    I guess Le Roi,quotation marks mean nothing?
    But it was a dumb statement on your part.

  27. Le Roi du Nord says:

    So mar, are you saying that quotation marks mean nothing, or that you don’t know what they mean?

    See the attached for what trump said, (you know, the stuff between ”   “).  If you think that trump restating another false claim was a smart move, something a “stable genius” should be saying, let us all know.

  28. Merlin says:

    The usual media peckerheads seem to have missed who else was on AF1 today. Men whose presence elicited zero press attention in Kenosha. Those gentlemen were here for reasons that have nothing to do with press availability. Not a bit of media curiosity. Ask some questions, no?

    Watching the “evening news” is the absolute best way to remain uninformed. National or local. Makes no difference at all.

  29. jjf says:

    Have y’all read “Anatomy of a Catastrophe” yet?  Anything there you can agree on?

  30. Pat says:

    “Watching the “evening news” is the absolute best way to remain uninformed.“

    No, the best way is to listen to folks like Limbaugh, Hannity, Carlson, Ingraham, Fox and Friends, talk radio, and opinion blogs.

  31. jjf says:

    Uh oh, more self-styled militia looking for trouble?  And not from-around-here?

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