21 thoughts on “News/Politics 4-21-21

  1. Sounds about right.

    “Chauvin Verdict Settles Little”

    https://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/chauvin-verdict-settles-little-crt-race-hatred/

    “Ijust watched the Chauvin verdict. I have no opinion about it, other than that I hope justice was done, and that if this is justice, that the Floyd family and everybody else in Minneapolis can find a measure of healing.

    I followed Andrew McCarthy’s trial analysis in National Review Online. He watched the whole thing, and he’s a former prosecutor, so I trust him to understand the legal issues. In my case, I’m too caught up in Chauvin as a condensed symbol, so I really have no way of understanding the intricacies of the law and how it applies to his case. Earlier this morning, McCarthy explained his belief that Chauvin should be acquitted on two counts, and convicted on a third. His reasoning seemed plausible to me. That Chauvin was convicted on all three counts suggests to me that he might see some of that overturned on appeal, especially given that Rep. Maxine Waters shot her mouth off before the jury was sequestered. But we will see. At least we don’t have to worry about national riots for now.

    When the verdict came, I was reading this New York Times story about how black religious leaders in Georgia are leading a boycott of Home Depot for the company’s decision to stay out of Georgia political controversies. More:

    A major coalition of Black faith leaders in Georgia, representing more than 1,000 churches in the state, called on Tuesday for a boycott of Home Depot, arguing that the company had abdicated its responsibility as a good corporate citizen by not pushing back on the state’s new voting law.

    The call for a boycott, led by Bishop Reginald T. Jackson, who oversees all 534 African Methodist Episcopal churches in Georgia, represents one of the first major steps to put significant economic pressure on businesses to be more vocal in opposing Republican efforts in Georgia and around the country to enact new restrictions on voting.

    “We don’t believe this is simply a political matter,” Bishop Jackson said in an interview. “This is a matter that deals with securing the future of this democracy, and the greatest right in this democracy is the right to vote.”

    Home Depot, Mr. Jackson said, “demonstrated an indifference, a lack of response to the call, not only from clergy, but a call from other groups to speak out in opposition to this legislation.”

    Ah. You will be made to care. The reader who sent me this story said this represents a major shift. A company is not being punished by activists for what it has done, but rather for what it chose not to do. These woke activists will not permit anybody to remain silent or uninvolved.

    In other racial conflict news, Peter Rossi, the teacher canned by ultrawoke Grace Church school in Manhattan for criticizing its abusive Critical Race Theory pedagogy, secretly taped George Davison, the head of school, admitting that the school is demonizing white children. Both men are white. A new multiracial, politically diverse advocacy organization, FAIR, has taken up Rossi’s case, and has more information on its website. These were released after Davison publicly accused Rossi of misquoting him. He did not. Listen for yourself to the voice of institutional cowardice:”

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  2. More on that Grace Church story….

    https://hotair.com/john-s-2/2021/04/20/head-of-grace-church-school-were-demonizing-white-people-for-being-born-n384709

    “Head of Grace Church School ‘We’re demonizing white people for being born’

    Last week, Bari Weiss published a piece written by a high school teacher named Paul Rossi which was extremely critical of the critical race theory dogma that Grace Church School (a private high school in New York) had adopted. Rossi wrote that he knew by criticizing the school in public he was risking his career:

    I know that by attaching my name to this I’m risking not only my current job but my career as an educator, since most schools, both public and private, are now captive to this backward ideology. But witnessing the harmful impact it has on children, I can’t stay silent.

    My school, like so many others, induces students via shame and sophistry to identify primarily with their race before their individual identities are fully formed.

    He was quickly proven right about the risk of speaking up. After the essay was published Rossi said he was threatened by an unnamed member of the Grace Church community. Rossi reported the threat to the head of the school, George Davidson, who then ordered him to remain off campus allegedly for his own safety.

    A couple of days later Davidson sent out an email which said, “It is clear to me that Paul cannot be effective as a teacher at Grace any more. I have informed him that he is relieved of his teaching duties, and we’ve asked two support teachers to take over his math classes for the final quarter.” It would be Rossi’s final quarter because he had declined to renew his contract for the fall. Yesterday, Rossi sent a response to Davidson’s email which contained some explosive quotes attributed to Davidson, including that he had admitted the school was “demonizing white people for being born.”

    I believe that you share my desire to ensure that racism does not mar the experience of students at Grace. But, like me, you also expressed “grave doubts about some of the doctrinaire stuff that gets spouted at us, in the name of antiracism.” When I told you “they’re fighting a revolution” and “will hollow out Grace and move on to the next institution,” you acknowledged that “they’ve hollowed out a bunch of other ones ahead of us.”

    In the letter, you say that “the wellbeing of our community is our first priority,” and that Grace cares “deeply about human dignity.”

    And yet you admitted to me that Grace Church is, in fact, “demonizing white people for being born,” and that the school is making white students “feel less than, for nothing that they are personally responsible for.”

    While I cannot know for certain, I suspect that the reason you have not shared these concerns with the broader Grace community is because you know exactly what happens to people who do — it is what is happening to me right now. I understand that. It is because of the fear I see in so many people, including so many of our students, that I felt compelled to speak out even though I knew I would pay a steep price for it.”

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  3. Who will you believe?

    Them, or your lyin’ eyes?

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  4. More….

    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2021/04/21/thats-how-the-associated-press-covered-the-officer-involved-shooting-in-ohio-n2588298

    ““Appeared.” The girl had a knife. Now, is it unsettling since she was so young? Yes. But the article negates the headline in the first sentence. It gives an aura of doubt when there is none. Why even hurl that out there when the nation is a tinder box right now? Derek Chauvin, the former officer at the center of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis last year, was found guilty on all counts yesterday, but the area isn’t out of the woods. And the liberal media’s pervasive misinformation isn’t helping. “

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  5. Feel the cronyism…..

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/04/biden-promoting-company-tied-to-energy-secretary-jennifer-granholm/

    “Biden Promoting Company Tied to Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm

    “owns up to $5 million in the electric battery and vehicle manufacturer President Joe Biden will promote on Tuesday as part of his push for a $1.9 trillion infrastructure bill”

    “In the course of selling his infrastructure bill, Joe Biden has been promoting an electric battery company called Proterra. He has failed to mention that his energy secretary Jennifer Granholm is a major stakeholder in the company.

    This is just the sort of crony-capitalism that Democrats and the media accused Trump of regularly.”

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  7. This has gone way too far This is communist type @#$%$#@$%$. The only thing they didn’t do was send him to a re-education camp.

    This is why moves like showing up at people’s houses to dox them, like I showed you the media doing yesterday, is a bad idea. A harsh pushback is necessary.

    Also note that the idiots in Norfolk used hacker stolen data to out him.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/04/norfolk-officer-doxxed-and-fired-after-donating-anonymously-kyle-rittenhouse-defense-fund/

    “Norfolk Officer Doxxed and Fired After Donating “Anonymously” To Kyle Rittenhouse Defense Fund

    “We do not want perceptions of any individual officer to undermine the relations between the Norfolk Police Department and the community.”

    “The Norfolk, VA, Police Department fired Sgt. William K. Kelly III after a hacker group revealed his anonymously donated money to Kyle Rittenhouse’s defense fund.

    Stacey blogged about the hacker group releasing the information of the anonymous donors. The media reported on those who used their government emails.

    (People, do NOT ever use your work emails for personal tasks. Please. This isn’t complicated. Not saying that’d stop the media or the left, but still.)

    On April 16, Police Chief Larry Boone announced the department reassigned Kelly, who worked as the Internal Affairs Division’s executive officer. Officials also started an investigation.

    Norfolk Mayor Kenny Alexander said Kelly’s donation is “not consistent with the values of our city or the standards set for our employees.” Stacey noted that Alexander never elaborated on which “values and standards” Kelly allegedly violated.

    The Guardian said Kelly left this comment with his donation:

    That donation also carried a comment, reading: “God bless. Thank you for your courage. Keep your head up. You’ve done nothing wrong.”

    The comment continued: “Every rank and file police officer supports you. Don’t be discouraged by actions of the political class of law enforcement leadership.””

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  8. What is “Systemic Racism”.?
    Obviously, racism built into the system.
    But it seems to me that the system has allowed for everyone except white men. They are the ones who have a strike against them according to most regulations.
    I think most of the cries of “racism”, has nothing at all to do with race. It is a convenient target.
    And it always gets attention. I think that is the purpose.

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  9. Good to hear, on both counts.

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  10. Of course…..

    https://apnews.com/article/george-floyd-verdict-police-reform-doj-e24dd1a390a781af3495fa1e0271f492

    “Garland announces sweeping police probe after Floyd verdict”

    “The Justice Department is opening a sweeping investigation into policing practices in Minneapolis after a former officer was convicted in the killing of George Floyd there, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Wednesday.

    The decision comes a day after the former officer, Derek Chauvin, was found guilty of murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s death last May, a verdict that set off a wave of relief across the country. Floyd’s death had led to months of mass protests against policing and the treatment of Black people in the United States.

    The Justice Department was already investigating whether Chauvin and the other officers involved in Floyd’s death violated his civil rights.

    “Yesterday’s verdict in the state criminal trial does not address potentially systemic policing issues in Minneapolis,” Garland said.

    The new investigation is known as a “pattern or practice” — examining whether there is a pattern or practice of unconstitutional or unlawful policing — and will be a more sweeping review of the entire police department. It may result in major changes to policing in the Minnesota city.

    It will examine the use of force by police officers, including force used during protests, and whether the department engages in discriminatory practices. It will also look into the department’s handling of misconduct allegations and its treatment of people with behavioral health issues and will assess the department’s current systems of accountability, Garland said.

    The Minneapolis police said in a statement that the chief, Medaria Arradondo “welcomes this investigation” and will fully cooperate with federal prosecutors. Arradondo “understand that the intent of this inquiry is to reveal any deficiencies or unwanted conduct within the department and provide adequate resources and direction to correct them,” the statement said.

    A senior Justice Department official said prosecutors chose to announce the investigation a day after the verdict because they did not want to do anything to interfere with Chauvin’s trial. The official would not discuss details of the investigation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

    Three other ex-Minneapolis police officers charged in Floyd’s death will be tried together beginning Aug. 23. The official said their trial is far enough off that officials believed it was still appropriate to make the announcement Wednesday, even though the defendants are awaiting trial on state charges.”

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  11. Like I said, who you gonna believe….

    Them?

    Or your lyin’ eyes?

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  12. The media is garbage. Yet another example.

    But so is half the Senate, so at least they have representation in Congress.

    https://hotair.com/allahpundit/2021/04/21/some-media-outlets-and-senators-sure-were-eager-to-make-the-makhia-bryant-shooting-a-story-about-race-n384847

    “Some members of our fair and balanced media didn’t wait for details to decide what the Bryant story was Really About. On the very day that Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder for killing George Floyd during an arrest, another incident in which white officers had killed a black girl — a minor, no less — had dropped in their lap. Fate had handed them an opportunity to declare that, while justice had been done in Floyd’s case, unjust police brutality towards African-Americans would not only continue but had already added to its body count before Chauvin had even left the courtroom.

    The narrative was too good to check, so they didn’t. This was a story about race first and foremost, they concluded. NPR:”

    “The Post’s headline is especially egregious since it was published this morning, not yesterday afternoon, and so they have even less excuse for not viewing the bodycam footage before drawing a conclusion about what happened. In fact, notes Jeryl Bier, the Post story never states that Bryant had a knife in her hand even though it’s clearly visible in the video. They acknowledge that she “lunged” at someone and that a knife was found next to her after she fell, but all they’ll allow by way of reporting that she was trying to stab someone was that police claimed that she did.

    I assume each outlet will defend itself when challenged by arguing that, although the police’s use of lethal force was defensible, the mere fact that another black suspect had been killed on the street was newsy because it was destined to inflame racial tensions. Which is likely true in this case because the media insisted on covering it through a racial lens.

    Some narratives just can’t wait for the facts.”

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  13. Biden’s take on it?

    Disgusting. He’s worried about the stabber, not her attempted victims.

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    And his spokeshill doubles down.

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  14. The word “appeared” is used for probably the same reason as “alleged”. Litigation determines vocabulary

    Cable news tends to demand instant facts and thus have to correct themselves later — was she 15 or 16? who called the police? etc etc. Police were smart to release the video quickly too often they wait and the narrative gets constructed without them and suspicion grows.

    Still — Kyle Rittenhouse walks around a riot with an AR-15 shoots two people and then calmly walks past police rushing to investigate gunshots. I would think a young man walking around with an rifle in the middle of a riot would spark imminent concern for people’s safety and police would act. A kid should be nowhere near a riot that well armed — a plastic bottle hits the ground he panics and kills somebody.

    Why did this policeman feel he could use his police account to donate money to a person accused of murder? How hard is it to use your own email and own equipment at home? If he’s not that bright, then he shouldn’t be a cop.

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  15. ” kid should be nowhere near a riot that well armed — a plastic bottle hits the ground he panics and kills somebody.”

    Only in the fevered dreams of anti-gun leftists……

    He was legally open carrying a legally owned and purchased weapon, shot some thugs who tried to take his gun and kill him. It’s called justifiable homicide. Look it up.

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