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◆ The rain keeps coming in Texas, as the storm lingers, affecting Louisiana as well. Tens of thousands need housing
Houston Police say they are “inundated” with emergency calls. (ABC News) Inundated is an apt word.
Comment: Soon, we’ll see how effectively the immediate search-and-research works, as well as the public and private agencies’ ability to deliver emergency food and housing.
We’ll also hear about disputes over whether Houston and other dense areas should have been evacuated.
The rebuilding and restoration will take much longer and won’t get started for a while.
They have already learned a lot from the Katrina mistakes. One more thing they can learn about rebuilding: for a temporary period, at least, allow plumbers, electricians, etc. who are licensed in other states to work in Texas without a state license. Louisiana did not do that and it seriously impeded rebuilding.
◆ Berkeley violence. This is Washington Post headline: Black-clad antifa attack peaceful right wing demonstrators in Berkeley (WaPo)
Their faces hidden behind black bandannas and hoodies, about a 100 anarchists and antifa — “anti-fascist” — barreled into a protest Sunday afternoon in Berkeley’s Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park.
Jumping over plastic and concrete barriers, the group melted into a larger crowd of around 2,000 that had marched peacefully throughout the sunny afternoon for a “Rally Against Hate” gathering.
Shortly after, violence began to flare. A pepper-spray wielding Trump supporter was smacked to the ground with homemade shields. Another was attacked by five black-clad antifas, each windmilling kicks and punches into a man desperately trying to protect himself. A conservative group leader retreated for safety behind a line of riot police as marchers chucked water bottles, shot off pepper spray and screamed “fascist go home!” –Washington Post
Comment: Opposition to fascism is a noble cause, but that does not mean every group opposed to it is noble. Antifa is terrible: a violent, left-wing mirror of the groups they hate. Antifa is filled with Marxists, anarchists, and thugs, armed with bats and worse, and out to make trouble for any group that stands in their way.
All told, the Associated Press reported at least five individuals were attacked. An AP reporter witnessed the assaults. Berkeley Police’s Lt. Joe Okies told The Washington Post the rally resulted in “13 arrests on a range of charges including assault with a deadly weapon, obstructing a police officer, and various Berkeley municipal code violations.” –Washington Post
Progressive political leaders should take the lead in condemning this entire movement, which doesn’t just tarnish their cause. It tarnishes our country and our public discourse.
Btw, watch your evening news to see if the unprovoked violence gets any attention. My guess: the MSM couldn’t care less, even if they weren’t covering Hurricane Harvey.
◆ Trump’s businesses sought to build a tower in Moscow as he ran for President (Washington Post)
Some Russians wanted Trump to come to Moscow himself and to seek Putin’s endorsement for the project, but he did not.
Comment: If there is anything to this, Mueller will be all over it.
Comment: He may have undercut his message when he asked all Asian-Americans to stop calling themselves “Robert Lee.”
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◆ Tom Elia for the Berkeley story