30 thoughts on “News/Politics 4-15-21

  1. Spot the difference in coverage.

    It’s attack dog vs. lap dog.








    They’re garbage.

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  2. The NYT sucks.


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  3. Seems appropriate.


    “Officer who shot Daunte Wright arrested for second-degree manslaughter”

    “The officer who shot Daunte Wright in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center, Minn., was arrested on Wednesday and charged in his death. The officer was a 26-year veteran of the force, and during a traffic stop with Wright, she said she mistook her handgun for a taser and shot him. Wright was 20 years old.

    Kim Potter is expected to be charged with manslaughter, a source told The Daily Beast, and she will be booked in the Hennepin County Jail “on probable cause of second-degree manslaughter.” She was arrested at 11:30 am on Wednesday, according the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

    “This remains an active and ongoing investigation. The BCA has been and will continue to work with the Washington County Attorney’s Office as the case progresses,” the Minnesota BCA said.
    When Potter announced her resignation, she said “I have loved every minute of being a police officer and serving this community to the best of my ability, but I believe it is the best interest of the community, the department, and my fellow officers if I resign immediately.””


  4. Chauvin Trial Update….


    “Chauvin Trial Day 13 Wrap-Up: Solid Day for Defense With Forensic Expert Witness”

    “Today saw the testimony of only one witness, but it was a witness of great importance to the defense, and therefore one whose testimony the state would perceive as important to damage.

    This was the defense medical expert witness Dr. David Fowler, a retired forensic pathologist.

    To not bury the lead, Dr. Fowler did what the defense needed done today, and did it well. That’s not to say his performance was perfect—he took a few hits off Prosecutor Jerry Blackwell during cross-examination, and could have done better deflecting some of those attacks.

    At the same time, however, Blackwell’s rather over the top cross-examination of Fowler was initially too aggressive for Judge Cahill’s liking, resulting in a rapid sidebar and a more restrained Blackwell moments later, and Blackwell’s resort to snark led him to overreach several times, providing opportunities for defense counter-attack that defense counsel Eric Nelson did not pass up.

    So, overall, a good day for the defense today, when they very much needed one, especially after the weak performance of defense expert witness Barry Brodd yesterday.”


  5. Pat yourselves on the back morons. Great job!


    “MLB now less popular than the NFL among Republicans”

    “Man. All those years of complaints about kneeling during the national anthem and Trump calling for boycotts and Mike Pence walking out of a stadium in protest and Roger Goodell getting an earful for supporting Black Lives Matter — and yet all it took for the NFL to become more popular than Major League Baseball among righties was Rob Manfred pulling the All-Star Game from Atlanta.

    Chin up, MLB. Maybe some football player will cop a squat on the flag next season and you’ll be back to second place among Republicans.

    Baseball had never had lower GOP favorability than football over the past 15 months until the league office decided that it would make a daring show of boycotting a new voting law which, to all appearances, it had zero problem with on the merits.

    That’s a big drop, from +47 to +12 in the span of a month. I’m curious to know how the numbers changed among Democrats. No doubt favorability rose, but I bet it didn’t rise by 35 net points. Feels like a net loss for baseball.”


  6. Turley says the Dems are making a mistake with their court packing ideas.


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  7. Let’s hope so. Sanity needs to make a guest appearance here.

    “The Coming Backlash”


    “So, a criminal with a warrant who resists arrest meets up with an incompetent government employee who can’t tell a Glock from a taser, then there are Democrat riots, and what’s the result? You must be disarmed.

    If you’re looking for logical logic, keep on looking. If you understand the logic of power, you came to the right place.

    Facts don’t matter.

    Evidence is racist.

    2+2=4 means you’re a transphobe.

    This is about power, people. Their power over you.

    Understand that you can’t reason your way out of this. We’re not going to explain to our enemies why it’s inefficient, ineffective, or unAmerican to do the things they are trying to do. You might as well try to teach your terrier particle physics with a thick, juicy ribeye in sitting his bowl in front of him.

    Tangent: Pardon me for potentially misgendering your pooch.

    Back to my point. There is no point, except power. They want to control you. If they can’t they want to destroy you. Everything – and I mean everything – is bent to that objective.

    That’s why the media lies to you.

    That’s why they selectively prosecute.

    That’s why movie stars lecture you.

    That’s why they want to take your guns.

    That’s why they want to cheat in elections.

    That’s why critical race theory is a thing.

    You, disenfranchised.

    You, despised.

    You, a serf.

    That’s it. That’s the goal. So, trying to reason your way out of it is useless.

    It’s actually worse. It’s embarrassing. You look like a fool. Take Asa! Hutchinson, with his mush-mouthed palaver about “limited government” and citing Reagan to justify his spineless submission to the establishment. This guy literally would rather young children have their genitals mutilated than have to explain to his Walmart masters why he refused to go along with the scalpel zeitgeist.

    He’s not just a weak person. He’s not just a stupid person. He’s an evil person.

    And we know it. We see it. And we must speak it.

    They want to blind us. They want to gag us. They want us tip-toeing through the PC minefield, afraid to take a step less we trigger a detonation of cancellation.

    But have you noticed the rumblings of resistance?

    Have you noticed the stirrings of pushback?

    For a while we had Trump to do the pushing, but with him in Florida we can now see others stepping up. Ron DeSantis is banning critical racism. Brian Kemp found some vertebrae and he’s defying Delta, Coke, and “Major League Chinaball” to demand election integrity. The other night, Tucker Carlson charged into the “replacement theory” ambush where we are not supposed to say what the Democrats explicitly say, which is that they intend to import pliable foreign peasants to replace American citizens at the ballot box (of course, sensible Latinos had other ideas, coming around to Trump significantly in 2020). The garbage media and establishment announced that this fact must not be spoken and Tucker spoke the hell out of it.

    The backlash begins.

    Right now, it is mere stirrings. Americans are slow to anger, but they are mighty in their wrath. When woke bull-Schiff was confined to college campuses, we could live with it. We didn’t see it. It was not in our faces. But now it is. It’s everywhere in the institutions, and it’s filtering down to people in their jobs, on their televisions and even in their homed when young Kaden returns from Cornell as “Kasey” and informs xir parents they are committing literal violence on xim by not paying xir tuition anymore.

    Do they imagine that people will just give up and give in?

    Some will. The Fredocons did, of course, but they are weak.

    But with Normal Americans, the risk is mistaking patience and restraint for weakness.

    Think I’m wrong?

    Go try to buy some 5.56mm rounds.”


  8. The defense rests.


    “Chauvin Trial Day 14 – Defense Rests, Chauvin Will Not Testify, Asserts 5A

    State recalls Dr. Tobin, pulmonologist, to rebut defense expert Dr. Fowler’s testimony of yesterday”


    “Welcome to our ongoing coverage of the Minnesota murder trial of Derek Chauvin, over the in-custody death of George Floyd. I am Attorney Andrew Branca for Law of Self Defense.

    As we rapidly approach the conclusion of the testimony in Minnesota v. Chauvin it appears that the defense intends to close its case in chief by bringing at least three more medical expert witnesses before the jury, based on the expert witness disclosure filed by the defense back in January (disclosure embedded below).

    Among those experts listed in the disclosure who have not yet testified are Dr. Gary W. Kunsman, a forensic toxicologist, Dr. Michael Werner, a forensic psychiatrist, and Dr. Kai Sturmann, an emergency medicine doctor.”


  9. Cat fight 2.0 😾🙀🐈


    Point goes to the insurrectionist! 🙂


  10. Trump or Biden; withdrawal is a good idea. Biden proposed it when he was VP so this isn’t new to him. The tweet you post side by side are slightly misleading in that almost all the Trump criticisms are in the form of quotes from the Pentagon wheras the Biden reports are simply quotes from Biden — its comparing apples to oranges. I’d have to chase down each article to see if its selective information on the part of the tweet or of the media. On the other hand, McConnell heavily criticized Trump and Biden’s plan; at least he’s consistent.


  11. The Wright shooting is puzzling — how do four cops escalate a simple traffic stop? Why would a cop of 25 years mistake a gun for a taser? They’re completely different and are on opposite sides of the holster belt. How can a 19 year old wriggle out of three grown man holding him and get back in his car? And why would anyone think its a good idea to shoot a taser or a gun from such close range and three other police still wrestling with Wright? Is the police force that incompentent and ill trainded? And how does claiming it was an accident make it ok? It was a mistake and mistakes have consquences.

    More puzzling is the annoucnement that the policeman in Wisconsin was cleared of any wrongdoing for shooting someone in the back. The victim did not pose an immediate threat even if he was going to his car to grab a knife. If police can talk down fully armed school/church shooters, they could have talked down a man with knife. And if not, than more force could be used.

    I find it strange the normal supporters of the blue line are outraged over the lack of charges in the Capitol shooting. In this case there was threat of imminent harm and a criminal offense being committed. I don’t support the use of guns until absolutely the last resort but this shooting comes closer to being justified (but still not) than any other police shootings/killings being debated right now,

    The Capitol riot report has yet to be released but some interesting tidbits have been released. It seems an FBI memo and Dept of Homeland Security note were sent regarding the increased threats of violence but never read by the Capitol police chief. The Army sec’y apparently didn’t like the optics of the National Guard at the Capitol and refused to sent them until after the congress was overrun and Pence called him. In preparation for the protest, “orders from leadership” asked the police not to use “less than lethal” force and tactics. It appears the police were handicapped by political consideration. Perhaps in looking for a scapegoat for the death of a woman who broke into the Congress and was trying to break down an other, people should look at the lack of preparation and political interfernce.



  12. HRW, the point of claiming it was an accident is that it doesn’t merit a more severe charge such as first degree murder. AJ agreed above that the arrest for second-degree manslaughter “seems appropriate”, and I do too. I haven’t heard anyone say that claiming it was an accident makes it okay.

    It’s been awhile since I’ve seen footage of the Capitol shooting, but from what I remember of it I think I agree with you that it was not murder.


  13. Kevin — the Wright shooting is the rare time AJ and I agree. It was the right charge. The claim it was an accident struck me as childish — primary children tell me that when I’m on duty and there are claims of bullying I have to investigate. “I didn’t mean to hit him, it was an accident”. Reason number 235 why i stay on the middle school side of the building.

    Came across an interesting argument against traffic stops — automation. With photo radar and red light cameras why are police still doing traffic stops? My city loves red light cameras and photo radar — its an easy way to fund the city without raising property taxes. Sure, you still need them for criminal behaviour like drunk driving but automation can take their jobs just like other places of work.

    Mumsee — not sure what you are referring to but fear does motivate much of what Americans (and Canadians) do .


  14. Bongino wasn’t much (any, really) better in that juvenile exchange — and he seemed to be the one who started it. Both of them were out of control. They should not ever appear together again, it’ll only devolve into a stupid shouting match.

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  15. HRW, I’m perplexed as well by how that “traffic stop” incident became so bungled. Maybe more will be learned about what was going on that explains it a little better, but it was beyond a tragedy and “seemed” avoidable.

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  16. HRW: Fear is what causes those incidents you mentioned. There are no simple traffic stops. Though having a concealed weapons permit is said to help the police have less concern because most criminals don’t get permits and that info comes up when they call in your plate number. The police live with the constant fears of restraining the perp too much (in the eyes of the ever judging with no real knowledge of the situation public) and going to jail or not enough and letting the bad guys continue (and being called out because the driver went on to kill a small child or someone else). The fear of not knowing when a “simple traffic stop” may be dealing with mental illness, drug abuse, anger, violence, alcohol abuse….
    And the people stopped are living in fear (especially in certain clothing, car types, skin colors, speech pattern, etc) as to whether or not it is a legit police officer, whether said officer is carrying a grudge or had a bad donut or whatever.


  17. DJ, the officers have been watching and know what happens if their perp is fried on some drug enough to kill him, and they do anything that might be construed as too forceful potentially causing injury or death. At the same time, they know if he is wanted for something rather big and don’t want him to escape.


  18. If fear is a problem for a police officer, he shouldn’t be a police officier. The Nazario incident demonstrates how fear governed police actions despite having no reason to do so. The Tamir Rice shooting where a cop shot a young boy the minute he arrived on scene not even giving the child the chance to explain. Etc Etc. If your actions are so eaily motivated by fear you shouldn’t be a cop. As for the concealed permitl; it doesn’t alievate the situation. Castile had a concealed permit and was shot seven times as he tried to tell the cop he was reaching for his license and registration.

    In the case of Wright he was initially pulled over for an air fresher on his rear view mirror (apparently it obtructs the view and is illegal) or in other words he was pullled for driving a car too nice for a young black man. They discovered problems with permits and insurance bc the car had just been transferred from his mom and he called his mother to clear up the misunderstanding. The police then found an unpaid fine for marijuana possession when he was a juvenile. Somehow all these minor problems snowballed into three men wrestling him, a woman shooting him and he still managed to drive away — bizarre. And really bad police work

    If fear governs traffic stops, perhaps its time to end most of them and just use cameras and photo radar. Traffic stops for driving while black when the police are afraid is probably not a good and should just end.


  19. Not a good day for the prosecution.

    “Prosecutorial Error With State’s Last Witness Creates Grounds for Possible Mistrial in Chauvin Trial”


    “Earlier today, the defense rested in the murder trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, charged in connection with the in-custody death of George Floyd.

    Chauvin waived his right to testify on his own behalf, asserting his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent during the course of the trial. That was not a surprising development.

    But what came next was quite surprising, and potentially a critical moment in the case for the prosecution.

    The prosecution advised the Court that it would have one rebuttal witness. A rebuttal witness can be called to present testimony in response to evidence heard for the first time during the defense case. As is very common, the rebuttal testimony would come from one expert witness who previously testified, Dr. Martin Tobin, and the testimony would be in response to testimony given by a defense expert.

    But the surprising part of the prosecution’s announcement was that it intended to have Dr. Tobin testify about newly discovered evidence — a Hennepin County Medical Examiner report on the level of carbon monoxide (CO) in the blood gas testing of arterial blood drawn from Floyd at the hospital.

    The standard panel of blood gas readings sent at the request of the ER physicians would not normally have included this test result. The machine that tests the blood does measure the CO content, and it is reflected in the master report that is produced by the machine, but that reading is not normally sent to the ER where the patient is being treated. The Medical Examiner didn’t ask for that particular test reading because he didn’t deem it relevant upon examination. So the test reading was reflected in the hospital records all along, but it had never been noted by anyone until the Medical Examiner, Dr. Baker, went back to the records after hearing some of the earlier expert testimony in the case.

    Even though the report has been in existence since the night of Floyd’s death, the prosecution claimed it first received it yesterday by Dr. Baker. The report’s findings would have supported earlier testimony by Dr. Tobin and undermined the testimony of the defense expert, Dr. Fowler.

    The bigger problem for the defense what that Dr. Fowler has already left Minneapolis and was on a plane returning to his home — meaning the defense would be unable to call Dr. Fowler back to the witness stand after Dr. Tobin in order to have Dr. Fowler review the same testing reports and incorporate them into this previously testified opinion. The impression that would leave the jury with would be that Dr. Fowler was not able to address the criticisms that Dr. Tobin was likely to testify to as a rebuttal witness using these test reports that had never been sent to the defense in the case. Had the reports been timely produced to the defense as required, Dr. Fowler would have had the test reports to review at the time he formed his opinions and prepared his testimony.

    Judge Cahill sustained the defense’s objection to the prosecution request to have Dr. Tobin testify about the CO test results, or to criticize Dr. Fowler’s testimony based on information in those reports. Judge Cahill did allow the prosecution to call Dr. Tobin to testify in response to other topics addressed by Dr. Fowler in his testimony on behalf of Chauvin.

    It is not completely clear to me at this point, but there seems to be an issue involved with regard to Floyd laying next to the exhaust on the police vehicle — with the motor running? The CO coming from the exhaust and/or other environmental factors being a possible cause for the lack of oxygen in his lungs as CO binds with hemoglobin in the blood and prevents oxygen from binding. Dr. Fowler’s report back in February noted a lack of testing on the part of the hospital regarding blood CO, giving the prosecution at least 60 days notice that he would testify on that issue. Had the test results been provided prior to the trial, Dr. Fowler’s testimony would have been different. Dr. Tobin’s intended testimony was that such testing had been done, and CO was ruled out as a contributing cause by the blood gas results — undermining Dr. Fowler in an unfair and prejudicial manner since the prosecution had the evidence all along but did not provide it.

    Judge Cahill warned the prosecution that even if Dr. Tobin’s testimony “hints at” the existence of the testing results the prosecution would be at serious risk of having a mistrial declared.”


  20. dj — AJ’s post of two FOX news clips reminds me why I don’t watch cable news. I watch an minute and quit. Its a minute of my life I won’t get back and I’m the worse for it.


  21. But yes, that is the assertion being made, that he was “profiled” and (essentially) stopped because of his race (which I think is where the argument that it “wasn’t an accident” stems from).


  22. Mumsee — I’m grateful Im’ not in their shoes nor the shoes of a young black man at a traffic stop. However, the cop chose his profession — if he longer wants those shoes he can and should find an other profession. The young black man can’t do the same.

    DJ — the air freshener is the story his mother heard from him on the phone when he was sorting out the insurance before he was shot. An other thing I can’t understand was why he was out of the car — if you’re pulled over for expired tags or an air freshener I think its pretty standard policy for the driver to remain in his car.


  23. HRW, but didn’t they discover, after he was stopped, that he had an outstanding warrant that involved a firearm? I’m thinking that may have been what led to his being outside the car and getting handcuffed — but I’m not really clear on what the order of events were.


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