40 thoughts on “News/Politics 4-19-21

  1. First up, today it goes to the jury after closing arguments….


    “Chauvin Trial Verdict Prediction (of Sorts): On legal merits alone, not guilty — but political dynamics drive injustice”

    “While we’re waiting for closing arguments tomorrow morning, and for the court to release the final form of the jury instructions with which the jury will be charged immediately after closing arguments, I thought it might be worth stepping through my current view of the case as things currently stand, in terms of the facts and law of the case.

    Obviously, what qualify as the “facts” of this case proven beyond a reasonable doubt is subject to considerable uncertainty, where reasonable people can disagree—that’s why we have juries in the first place.

    Also, the state and defense obviously have their own conflicting views on precisely how Minnesota law should be applied to the facts, in whatever form they are deemed proven—that’s why we have arguments between the parties about the precise wording of jury instructions.

    With those caveats in mind, perhaps it’s worth stepping through the facts argued at trial, at least as I perceive them, considering them in light of the relevant law, and seeing where we end up.

    The bottom line: If the verdict were based solely on the legal merits, the facts and law in this case, were I personally a juror I would have more than enough reasonable doubt to be unable to vote guilty on any of these criminal charges, for all the reasons of fact and law that I detail below.

    That said, this case left the “facts and law” train station quite some time ago, making where it will end up largely unpredictable in any realistic sense, especially given the political and social dynamics looking to drive this train clear off the rails.

    Also, I’ll be sticking here to the charges actually brought in this case, meaning second-degree “felony” murder, second-degree manslaughter, third-degree murder, and third-degree assault. I’ll not be addressing any lesser-included offense in a hypothetical sense—if those become real, I’ll discuss them at that point.”


  2. Weak, and unfit to be president.


    “As Joe Biden nears the end of his first 100 days, we can attest to the truth of Yogi Berra’s dictum that “you can learn a lot by watching.”

    Americans have watched and learned that No. 46 set out to be the polar opposite of No. 45, and is succeeding wildly. From border enforcement to Iran to taxes and so much more, Biden is defining himself as the ultimate NeverTrumper.

    If Trump was for it, Biden is against it. Everything else is detail.

    Not surprisingly, the approach is proving to be popular with his own party and the left writ large. But there are exceptions, with a recent poll showing the president’s handling of the border crisis he created winning approval from just 29 percent of the country. Ouch.

    That was predictable, given the cruel realities of life in Central America and Biden’s thoughtless pander that he would be more welcoming than Trump. The human traffickers and cartels accepted the invitation and are getting rich thanks to Uncle Sap.

    But the pitfalls of a simple-minded presidency in a complex world are not limited to wrongheaded individual policies.

    One of those pitfalls involves the emerging personality of the presidency and the ways it is expressing its core to the country and world. The early evidence reveals that Biden is an extremely weak leader.

    In fact, he looks more and more like a follower.

    Some of this impression stems from the president’s halting gait and erratic speech patterns. He’s 78 and often appears to be 88. His decision to always wear a mask, despite being vaccinated and surrounded by others who are vaccinated, adds to the sense of frailty.

    But his weakness isn’t just about appearances, as a Friday incident shows. As soon as the White House said Biden would keep Trump’s cap on refugees at 15,000, Democrats and activists angrily reminded him he called the number cruel during the campaign and promised to raise it to 125,000.

    Within hours, the White House surrendered and reversed the decision. The president, officials said, would issue a new number next month.

    Chalk that up as a win for the mob and a lesson about who’s the boss. “


  3. Biden is weak on Russia too. Way weaker than Trump, who the left said was in Putin’s pocket. So I guess Biden must be a Putin plant too, although he acts more like a potted house plant.



    As I contended here, when it came to Russia, Donald Trump spoke softly but carried a stick. He didn’t attack Vladimir Putin personally, but he punished Russian misconduct to some extent and took meaningful measures to thwart Russian expansionism.

    So far, Joe Biden has adopted the opposite approach. He calls Putin “a killer,” but does not meaningfully punish Russia, even as it amasses large forces on the border of Ukraine. Instead, Biden is returning, in large measure, to the failed “Russia reset” policy of Barack Obama.

    Picking up on the stick analogy, the Republican National Committee finds that, on Russia, “Biden speaks loudly and carries a twig.” That’s about right.

    In a memo, the RNC points out:

    Yesterday, the Biden administration announced a sanctions package on Russia in response to the Solar Winds attack. It falls well short of imposing real costs on Russia. President Biden even invited Putin to a summit to “de-escalate” tensions while Putin conducted the largest military build-up on the border of Ukraine since 2014. Biden has exhibited clear weaknesses and Putin will seek to exploit them.

    The memo goes on to cite chapter and verse on the weakness of Biden’s approach to Russia. The entire document is well worth reading. Here are a few key excerpts (footnotes omitted):

    * President Biden began his administration by caving to Russian demands to renew the New START treaty for 5 years, giving up the leverage built by the Trump administration to limit Russia’s entire nuclear force, and compel Russia to limit other weapons, including hypersonics. As former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated, under New START “[o]nly 45 percent of Russia’s nuclear arsenal is subject to numerical limits…[while] that agreement restricts 92 percent of America’s arsenal.”

    * President Biden has refused to impose any sanctions on any new entities over Nordstream 2, circumventing the intent of Congress in recent bipartisan mandatory sanctions legislation, the Protecting Europe’s Energy Security Act, enacted as part of the NDAA. President Biden’s refusal to impose such sanctions before the pipeline is set to be completed this summer will isolate Ukraine and give Putin a new economic lifeline in Europe, which Putin could use to fund even more destabilizing activities.

    * The Biden administration has sat idly by as Russia has mobilized thousands of troops on the border of Ukraine—more than there were ahead of Russia’s invasion and eventual annexation of Crimea in 2014. Even worse, just yesterday the Biden administration canceled the deployment of two warships to the Black Sea with Turkey amid concerns over a Russian military build-up on Ukraine’s borders. During the Trump administration, the U.S. provided anti-tank weapons to Ukraine and tripled the size of the European Deterrence Initiative to counter Russia, and Putin never attempted such a buildup.

    What about the sanctions Biden has just imposed on Russia?

    * The Republican Study Committee (RSC) has advocated for imposing sanctions on Russian sovereign debt since June 2020 when it released it National Security Strategy: Strengthening America & Countering Global Threats. However, the sanctions imposed today by the Department of the Treasury on Russian sovereign debt include a number of exceptions that lack real teeth. OFAC has announced that such sanctions will continue to apply only to those “participating in the primary market” and will not restrict the buying of Russian Eurobonds on the secondary market.

    * Furthermore, President Biden’s decision to again forego sanctions on new entities involved in the Nordstream 2 project, illustrates that while talking tough the Biden administration intends to return to
    the risk-averse approach that characterized President Obama’s Russia reset policy., Biden claimed Nordstream 2 is “a complicated issue affecting our allies in Europe.” It’s not complicated, Biden simply does not want to stand up to Russia.”


  4. Well if they wanted to impeach Trump for saying “March to the WH peacefully and make your voice heard” just imagine what they have in mind for this shrill banshee.

    Oh that’s right, she’s one of them….


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  5. “How corporations conspire with Democrats to hoard power at the public’s expense”


    “Georgians adopted voter-integrity measures supported by a large majority of Americans, that are in the mainstream of state regulation and in fact are less stringent than the rules in Delaware, President Joe Biden’s home state, and New York. By more than a 2-1 margin, Americans think such rules are not unfair or discriminatory.

    Nonetheless, these measures have produced an unprecedented effort by large corporations to interfere in the workings of a democratic government. Major League Baseball moved its All-Star Game out of (majority-black) Atlanta to (majority-white) Denver in protest. Coca-Cola’s president weighed in against the changes. And in a statement organized by Kenneth Chenault, former chief executive of American Express, and Kenneth Frazier, the chief executive of Merck, hundreds of CEOs voiced opposition. Why?

    A cynic would say Georgia is a crucial red state the Democrats managed — barely — to flip blue in 2020 by adopting unorthodox voting measures and the mega-corporations who’ve thrown their lot in with the Democratic Party want to make sure Democrats hold it in 2024. They’d like to ensure similar measures apply across America because they make it easier for Democratic voters — living and dead — to cast votes without identification and without even showing up at the polls, producing a structural advantage for Democrats.

    As always, this is defended in the name of racial equality. But as usual, that’s just a smokescreen for power.

    Don’t ask me, listen to what lefty independent journalist Glenn Greenwald has to say: Big corporations, he writes, are “now deploying woke ideology the way intelligence agencies do: as a disguise.” They run sweatshops and depend on slave labor abroad — many playing footsie with the Chinese government, which is committing genocide against its Uighur population even as many are subjected to forced labor — but they talk “social justice” at home because it helps distract people.

    And their interference with politics is dangerous, Greenwald notes: “When giant corporations use their unparalleled economic power to override that process — by forcing state and local governments to rescind or reject laws they would otherwise support due to fear of corporate punishment — then the system, by definition, far more resembles an oligarchy than a democracy.”

    Well, oligarchy’s their goal, pretty much. And the tech media are their handmaidens, censoring (truthful) stories from this paper on Hunter Biden’s laptop, the possible lab origins of the Wuhan coronavirus and, most recently, the multiple mansion purchases by Black Lives Matter co-founder (and avowed Marxist) Patrisse Khan-Cullors, which Facebook blocked on spurious “privacy” grounds.

    With the news media having become a leftist monoculture and with tech companies censoring “hate speech” — i.e., speech that cuts against their preferred narrative — the voting booth is one of the few outlets the public has to advance its interests and beliefs. The goal of the Democratic Party, and its allied corporations, is to dilute the power of the voting booth so that it no longer poses a threat to their ambitions.

    They do this, as always, by pretending the general population forms a reservoir of bigotry that must be controlled and suppressed. Thus, anything that advances their goals of suppressing the opposition is described as some form of “anti-racism.”

    Yet as polls show, American voters don’t think voter ID is wrong or discriminatory. The goal of these CEOs is to make sure that what American voters think doesn’t matter.

    This is not a civil-rights movement in the traditional sense. It is a case of the party in power directing a corporate conspiracy against its political opposition.”


  6. The insurrectionist gets it. 🙂



  7. This clown was a real train wreck….

    “What We Know about the FedEx Shooter in Indianapolis…And Now This Tragedy Could Have Been Avoided”


    “Indianapolis was rocked by a mass shooting this week. Police responded to reports of shots fired at a FedEx operational facility around 11 PM on April 15. Eight people were shot and killed. The shooter, Brandon Hole, 19, killed himself. Hole was confirmed as a former FedEx employee. The motive is still being investigative, but Sikh groups are demanding a hate crimes probe as half of the victims belonged to that ethnic group. Yet, as we piece together why Hole committed this heinous crime, we have to wonder if this tragedy was avoidable. No, I’m not talking about gun control. I’m talking about the gun laws we already have on the books concerning persons with mental health issues. Hole had his moments (via The Hill):

    The FBI on Friday revealed that the mother of the suspected gunman in a shooting that took place at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis, Ind., warned authorities last year that her son might commit “suicide by cop.”

    “The suspect’s mother contacted law enforcement to report he might try to commit ‘suicide by cop,’ ” Paul Keenan, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Indianapolis field office, said in a statement shared with The Hill.

    Keenan said that authorities received the warning in March 2020 about the suspect, who on Friday was identified as 19-year-old Brandon Scott Hole.

    The Indianapolis Metro Police Department last year placed Hole “on an immediate detention mental health temporary hold” after officials received the warning, Keenan said.

    The agent added that the FBI got involved after a police search of the suspect’s bedroom uncovered a shotgun, which was not returned to Hole following April interviews with the suspect.

    However, Keenan said that there was no criminal violation found, and that no “Racially Motivated Violent Extremism (RMVE) ideology was identified during the course of the assessment.”

    This isn’t the first shooting in which the suspect has mental health issues. In Parkland, Florida, the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting committed by Nikolas Cruz was found to be absurdly preventable if federal, state, and local officials had followed through on the various red flags and mental health episodes that Cruz exhibited before he shot and killed 17 people.

    It seems we have a rather disturbing trend in law enforcement here. In the Parkland shooting, everyone knew Cruz had issues and did nothing. If reported properly, he could have been mentally adjudicated which would have prevented him from buying the AR-15 used in the shooting. The current gun laws would have stopped the shooting. Let’s go to bombs. Last Christmas, Anthony Warner blew up his RV in Nashville. Warner’s girlfriend warned police he was making bombs a year before detonating his vehicle. In South Carolina, Dylann Roof’s racially motivated church shooting in Charleston back in 2015 might have been prevented if the FBI had updated their background check system to include his admission to drug charges.

    The laws are only as good as the people enforcing them and filing the right paperwork. Could this be another tragic example of a possible prohibitive possessor slipping through the cracks? We’ll keep you updated.”


    Weirdo for sure.

    “Suspected FedEx shooter was part of My Little Pony ‘brony’ subculture”


    “The man accused of orchestrating the mass shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis was a “brony,” a term used to refer to adult male followers of the girls’ television show My Little Pony, Washington Examiner reports.

    Brandon Scott Hole, allegedly murdered eight people before taking his own life.
    While Hole’s Facebook page has since been taken down. While it offered no clues on what motivated Hole’s rampage, it did reveal that he was a fan of the Vancouver-produced television show.

    “I hope that I can be with Applejack in the afterlife, my life has no meaning without her,” Hole posted shortly before the shooting. Applejack is one of the main ponies on the show.”


  8. Everything is off limits now, especially if it’s funny. No fun allowed with these people. Did they not get the joke?



  9. Once again, the insurrectionist nails it! 🙂

    Turnabout being fair play and all that….



  10. Enemy of the people.


    Turn the hose on them. Or the dogs, if you have some.


  11. Yep. They did.




  12. the take from one of the atto-writers at Powerline:



    On Monday the attorneys will make their closing arguments and Judge Cahill will instruct the jury in the law. The jury will be sequestered during their deliberations. They will begin deliberations with the election of a foreman. I would guess that the jury will return with a verdict by Wednesday.

    Chauvin rested his defense on Thursday with the invocation of his Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination. I am not a juror in the case and am free to draw my own inferences from Chauvin’s silence. I always infer guilt from silence.

    I was surprised by how far the case departed from my previous understanding of it. I think that the State presented a strong case and that Chauvin’s defense was thin and weak. The issue of drug abuse seemed to me to recede in importance as a cause of Floyd’s death, even in the testimony of defense medical expert David Fowler. Indeed, defense counsel Eric Nelson chose not to call the toxicologist he had reportedly lined up as his last witness in the case. …

    … If I were a member of the jury, I would be bound not to draw any adverse inferences from Chauvin’s assertion of his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent. Based on the evidence, however, subject to deliberations with fellow jurors, I would vote to convict him of second degree manslaughter. I would vote not guilty on the second and third degree murder charges. …


  13. And a dispassionate (you know I like and trust the sadly-now-rare dispassionate when it comes to journalism) take here on what to expect today:



    Derek Chauvin trial: What to expect in closing arguments over George Floyd’s case

    (AP) … Both sides gave some insight this week after Nelson asked Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill to acquit Chauvin. It was a routine motion that was quickly rejected, but both sides covered the main points they will probably make in closing arguments.

    Nelson argued that the state’s use-of-force witnesses gave contradictory evidence on the point at which Chauvin’s use of force became unreasonable. That could be a tough sell, and even Nelson acknowledged that they all agreed it was objectively unreasonable.

    Nelson might have more success with another argument that he will surely make again Monday. That’s to hammer at the difference between the four prosecution experts who concluded Floyd died of asphyxiation and the county medical examiner, Dr. Andrew Baker, who did not.

    Baker did, though, classify Floyd’s death as a homicide and said his heart stopped as a result of police “subdual, restraint and neck compression.” …

    … Prosecutors will present their closing first, followed by the defense, and then prosecution rebuttal. There are no time limits, but legal experts said attorneys have to weigh whether going too long risks losing the jury’s attention or even hurting their case.

    Tom Heffelfinger, a former U.S. attorney in Minnesota, said he expects arguments to take all day, with prosecutors spending a lot of time explaining how the evidence the jury heard fits the legal specifics of the charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. …


  14. DJ,

    Your “atto” fails to concede Chauvin his most basic right, the presumption of innocence, with this statement.

    “I always infer guilt from silence.”


    Then he’s not a very good lawyer.


  15. AJ, yes, he notes he’s not speaking as a juror but privately. I wouldn’t presume guilt, either, but he said he (personally) does.


  16. Better look quick, because this is going down the memory hole, lickity split.

    Black shooter. Doesn’t fit the narrative.


    “Authorities arrest a former sheriff’s detective wanted in Austin, Texas, shooting that left 3 dead”

    “Authorities say they arrested a former sheriff’s office detective suspected of killing three people in a shooting in Austin, Texas.

    Stephen Broderick, 41, was arrested just after 7 a.m. CT (8 a.m. ET), according to Manor, Texas, Police Chief Ryan Phipps.
    “He was walking down the side of 12300 Old Kimbro Road, which is not far off from US 290. Two callers called in a suspicious person meeting the description of Mr. Broderick. Our officers went out there and conducted a high risk stop on him,” Phipps told CNN.
    “He complied fully with the officers and was taken into custody and they did locate a pistol on his waistband.”
    Officers with the Manor Police Department responded along with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office. Broderick was transported by the sheriff’s office to the Travis County Jail facility, Phipps said.
    Travis County District Attorney José Garza said he wants Broderick held without bail. Texas law permits his detention without bail because he was already out on bail on other charges, Garza said.
    “After a determination is made with respect to Mr. Broderick’s detention, the District Attorney’s office will move forward to present capital murder and other appropriate charges to a Travis County grand jury.””



    And it’s gone……


  17. Most of what I have read is the same.

    Most feel the state didn’t prove their case, but a jury won’t dare not convict.

    I say they’ll riot either way, so at least let justice be served first. But I don’t see that happening.


  18. We’ll see, but I agree that any verdict will be met with loud demonstrations and, yes, probably some rioting as the nights wear on.


  19. If Obama was for it, Trump was against it. And Trump’s base liked this approach
    Now if Trump was for it, Biden is against. In other words Biden is rebuilding Obama’s legacy which is why he won 7 million more votes than Trump.

    Biden is old school labour. His approach to immigration, legal or illegal, reflects the union left of his generation. They viewed immigrants as a competing labour force who put a downward pressure on wages. The decline of private unions in the US has meant this view is disappearing on the left. In the European left this view is still strong — so much so that Merkel’s Christian Democrats (centre right) were far friendlier to Syrian refugees than some leftist parties. Biden’s natural inclination is to keep migrant numbers low but not use the harsh rhetoric of Trump. It will be interesting to see how he balances the old and new views of the left.

    I’m a little confused with the Republicans position on Russia. Biden enacted sanctions on Russia this week that some Republicans say was not harsh enough yet they had four years to enact these measures. Apparently Republicans called for harsher sanctions in June 2020 yet they didn’t enact them, they had enough votes and Trump was president and they had enough time. If they could rush Barrett to the Supreme Court they could have enacted sanctions. I’m not seeing the Republicans as to sincere in this issue.


  20. If you have kids, maybe skip the Peloton.

    Or just have more after they get eatin’.


    But the kid is fine.


  21. Or for people who can spell apparently…. 🙂


    And note the kid gets loose, but he won’t let go of that darn pink ball. That’s his downfall.


  22. Here’s the whole story…


    “Safety regulators warned people with kids and pets Saturday to immediately stop using a treadmill made by Peloton after one child died and others were injured.

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said children and at least one pet were pulled, pinned and entrapped under the rear roller of the Tread+ treadmill, leading to fractures, scrapes and the death of one child.

    The safety commission said in a news release and in emails that it knows of 39 “incidents” with the treadmill, involving “multiple” or “dozens” of children, but it did not specify a number of children. It said the majority of the incidents resulted in injuries, including the one death.

    The commission posted a video on its YouTube page of a child being pulled under the treadmill.

    Of the 39 incidents, 23 involved children, according to New York-based Peloton Interactive Inc.; 15 included objects like medicine balls, and one included a pet, it said.”


    Had to be a dog. Cats don’t exercise.


  23. Know your enemy.



  24. “Get more confrontational.”

    Mission received…….

    Troops have been dispatched…..

    This is on Maxine Waters, and the victim was completely innocent. Idiots.


    “Former Home Of Chauvin ‘Use of Force’ Expert Witness Vandalized, Smeared With Pig’s Blood

    Police: “Because Mr. Brodd no longer lives in the city of Santa Rosa, it appears the victim was falsely targeted”

    “Vandals smeared pig’s blood and left a severed pig’s head on the porch of the former residence of Barry Brodd, the defense use-of-force expert in the Derek Chauvin trial.

    KPIX reports:”

    “The former Santa Rosa home of Barry Brodd, who testified as a defense witness in the Derrick Chauvin murder trial, was smeared with pig’s blood and had a severed pig’s head dumped on the front porch in an early Saturday morning vandalism attack.

    Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, is currently on trial facing murder charges in the death of George Floyd.

    Santa Rosa police said officers responded at 3:07 a.m. to a residence in a west Santa Rosa neighborhood that had just been vandalized.

    The victim called police after they were awakened by a group of suspects — all dressed in black — who threw a pig’s head on their front porch and splattered blood on the front of their house and then fled.”


  25. The Trump vs Maxine Waters comparison quotes is more about selective quotes than anything else. Other than that, Waters is desperately trying to make herself relevant to a newer generation. If they riot, its not because they actually listened to her — she’s irrelevant to anyone under 30. In fact I can see her facing a primary soon.

    Greenwald has pretty much been out if left field so long he’s lost touch with reality but he’s pretty much correct in the article you quote. Corporations massage a message to make an oligarchy more appealing. However, this goes back to Reagan and Citizen’s United — the Republican right gave corporations this dominant influence and has done nothing to rescind their legal rights, In fact, the Supreme Court the right has built is corporate friendly.

    Haven’t heard much about Greene on the left side of the internet so I’m not sure what her complaint is about being harassed. Btw, her opponents are not left wing communist. She’s so far right I don’t think she knows what the left really looks like — I’m further left than Sanders and even I’m not a communist. The only thing news item I’ve seen on Greene lately is her and Boebert being the only No votes on a motion to establish a nation wide bone marrow data base. A data base on bone morrow donors seems like a fairly pro-life motion everyone can agree on — don’t know why those two would vote no. The only other news I’ve seen is about Boebert’s online gun display and improper storage of weapons.
    Happiness surveys are pretty useless — definitions, type of questions, expectations, etc all determine the answers. According to most happiness surveys, nordic countries are the happiest so are democratic socialists countries the happiest places to be? Canada was ranked 11th and the US 18th in the World Happiness Report — does that mean your happiness will increase if you move to Canada? Btw, Saudi Arabia ranked 27th and Italy 30th; weird. Afghanistan is the leasts happy place to be — now that’s probably accurate.


  26. Call it Jim.

    Another false narrative dies.

    Nice that the cowards finally acknowledge the truth after locking down the capital for months.

    But will the media even mention it? No, most won’t.


    “D.C. Medical Examiner: Officer Brian Sicknick died of stroke from natural causes, not result of assault

    Sicknick suffered two strokes and died of natural causes a day after he confronted rioters on January 6. The autopsy found no evidence of an allergic reaction to chemical irritants or internal or external injuries.”

    “We have covered many times before the curious lack of medical evidence as to how Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick died. The media and Democrat narrative initially was that he died either from being beaten with a fire extinguisher and doused with bear spray.

    Sicknick’s death, attributed to pro-Trump rioters, was a leading excuse for a federal law enforcement crackdown on every protester physically at the Capitol that day, regardless of whether they committed violence. The other deaths that day were not at the hands of the rioters, in fact, the only person we know died violently, Ashli Babbitt, was shot by police, who will not be charged.

    In what is a bombshell revelation, the District of Columbia medical examiner, in an interview with the Washington Post, reveals that Sicknick died of a stroke due to natural causes:

    Capitol Police officer Brian D. Sicknick suffered two strokes and died of natural causes a day after he confronted rioters at the Jan. 6 insurrection, the District’s chief medical examiner has ruled.

    The ruling, released Monday, likely will make it difficult for prosecutors to pursue homicide charges in the officer’s death. Two men are accused of assaulting Sicknick by spraying a powerful chemical irritant at him during the siege.

    In an interview with The Washington Post, Francisco J. Diaz, the medical examiner, said the autopsy found no evidence the 42-year-old officer suffered an allergic reaction to chemical irritants, which Diaz said would have caused Sicknick’s throat to quickly seize. Diaz also said there was no evidence of internal or external injuries.

    Recall that on January 8, 2021, the Department of Justice released the following statement as to cause of death (which now turns out to be wrong):”

    Acting Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen issued the following statement:

    “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and fellow officers of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick, who succumbed last night to the injuries he suffered defending the U.S. Capitol, against the violent mob who stormed it on January 6th. The FBI and Metropolitan Police Department will jointly investigate the case and the Department of Justice will spare no resources in investigating and holding accountable those responsible.” [emphasis added]”


    Their media accomplices did too. How long will we continue to tolerate the lies from authorities and the media? They are ruing this country with this trash.


  27. ———-


  28. DJ — Hopefully the predictions you cite are correct. From what I know, it seems reasonable to find him guilty of manslaughter

    but I disagree on the life term appointments — at some point they need to retire a judge based on age not political expediency say 80 years of age.


  29. Irresponsible.




  30. HRW,

    There you go again…..

    Justifying bad behavior. Just like with Antifa, just like BLM…..

    “The Trump vs Maxine Waters comparison quotes is more about selective quotes than anything else.”

    We can always rely on you to be on the wrong side of nearly every issue.


  31. FBI and/or local police interviewed the Indianapolis shooter and confiscated the gun he had at the time. Yet he was later able to purchase two more guns. If the police were able to “red flag” his name and force him to undergo a mandatory background check when he went purchase new guns, then perhaps this could’ve been prevented. Biden from what I understand Biden supports red flag laws.

    Maybe if he was to explain to Republicans he wants the same regulations on guns as they do on votes (both constitutionally protected), then perhaps they would approve gun regulations.


  32. What bad behaviour am I justifying — my comment was more about bad journalism and Water’s decline into irrelevance; I thought you would like the comment


  33. Irrelevance?

    Yeah, like Pelosi. Both are thoroughly entrenched in deep blue districts where the voters will never remove her. She’s not going anywhere. The D’s never police their own.


  34. This seems relevant to the discussion on Waters. 🙂

    She may have just sabotaged the whole thing either way. She’s an idiot! 🙂

    Bwahahaha!!!! She owns the results too.


    “WATCH: Judge Scolds Maxine Waters for ‘Abhorrent’ Comments, Says She ‘May Have Given’ Chauvin an Argument for Appeal”

    “After the prosecutors and defense attorneys presented their closing arguments in the Derek Chauvin trial, the defense moved for a mistrial because of media coverage of the case and comments by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA). Judge Peter Cahill acknowledged that Waters might have given the defense an argument to use for an appeal, and scolded her for making “disrespectful” and “abhorrent” comments on the case, but did not feel that the issue rose to the level that would require a mistrial.

    Defense attorney Eric Nelson argued that the high level of media attention was “so profound” and “so pervasive” that it was impossible for the jury to not have been tainted by it. The jury who will decide if Chauvin is criminally responsible for the death of George Floyd was not sequestered during the trial itself, and will only be sequestered now during their deliberations.

    Nelson referenced Waters’ recent comments as she joined a protest in Minneapolis that if Chauvin was not convicted that they would have to “get more confrontational,” calling it “mind-boggling” that “we have U.S. Representatives threatening acts of violence in relation to this specific case.”

    Nelson had not mentioned Waters by name, but Cahill was clear on the reference he was making. “Well, I’ll give you that Congresswoman Waters may have given you something on appeal that may result in this whole trial being overturned,” the judge said, “but what’s the state’s position?””


  35. You’re right AJ — an other argument against gerrymandering — creating districts so partisan that even someone like Maxine Waters continues to win. Construct districts according to municipal or natural borders and not partisan maps and perhaps representatives would not take their local districts for granted and perhaps they would moderate their position so they appeal to the broad centre.

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