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George Floyd’s Death Was an Act of Cowardice for Personal Motives

Everything I know about police, criminals, etc does not come from Law and Order — which is actually a good thing, as it turns out. One thing I know from experience: most murders have a personal component. And it seems that may be the case with Derek Chauvin and his choice to murder George Floyd. Chauvin worked as security for a bar in Minneapolis, El Nuevo Rodeo, where Floyd worked as a bouncer. The building owner, Maya Santamaria, recalled: “Chauvin was our off-duty police for almost the entirety of the 17 years that we were open. … They were working together at the same time — it’s just that Chauvin worked outside and the security guards were inside.” Interestingly, the bar employee who first spoke about Floyd and Chauvin “bump[ing] heads” during their time working together, David Pinney, has now changed his story, saying that Chauvin had a conflict with a different African-American employee, not Floyd. Pinney originally described himself as very close to Floyd: “Like, I see him like a brother.” He said: “I can relate to George, how he felt. And I think that’s what makes that personal bond between him and I, dealing with Derek.” Apparently that brotherly relatioship has changed in the last few days. I’ll be curious as to what Pinney testifies to under oath. Philonise Floyd, George Floyd’s younger brother, agreed with Pinney’s earlier characterization. In testimony to the House Judiciary Committee, Floyd said: “[Chauvin] killed my brother just because he didn’t like him, and it has to be racist. It has to be something to do with racism.” He went on to say: He gave the little that he had to help others. He was our gentle giant. I was reminded of that when I watched the video of his murder. He was mild mannered; he didn’t fight back. He listened to the officers. He called them “sir.” The men who took his life, who suffocated him for eight minutes and 46 seconds. He still called them “sir” as he begged for his life. A.J. Jaurequi, a club promoter in the area, wondered if Floyd and Chauvine “had some beef with each other, because it’s odd that you’d treat someone you knew like that.” Originally, Pinney told CBS News that Floyd and Chauvin knew each other “pretty well,” a view somewhat corroborated by Santamaria. She steered CBS towards Pinney because, Pinney later told CBS, “she was unable to give detail information about George because she did not have a close relationship with him as I did.” That led to his supposed mistake in misidentifying Floyd. Pinney stands by his characterization that Chauvin was “extremely aggressive within the club.” On June 6, five days before Pinney made his retraction, he did a nearly hour-long interview with CBS, where he went into detail about the relationship between Floyd and Chauvin. “Is there any doubt in your mind that Derek Chauvin knew George Floyd?” the reporter asked. Pinney replied, “No. He knew him … I would say pretty well.” He added: “I knew George on a work basis. We were pretty close. When it came to our security positions, he was in charge and I worked directly below him as a security adviser.” Pinney contrasted Floyd with Chauvin. Floyd, he said, “was good at talking with people and establishing himself. […]

Join the Trump Army. Get a Cool Hat. Maybe Kill Some Folks.

The Sturmabteilung, or “brownshirts,” were formed as the Nazi Party’s first paramilitary group. They protected Nazi officials, including Adolf Hitler and Erich Rohm, fought with the paramilitary groups that opposed them, and intimidated Romani, trade unionists, and especially Jews. Donald Trump, who is known to be a fan of Adolf Hitler, apparently believes this is a great idea. Check out the email he sent out “exclusively” to his “fiercest and most loyal defenders:” The Trump campaign is fundraising off people being in the "Trump Army" and selling camouflage hats. "YOU are the President’s first line of defense when it comes to fighting off the Liberal MOB." pic.twitter.com/KIzxDmkDMg — Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) June 4, 2020 TL;DR version: the Trump campaign wants to sell the aforementioned “fiercest and most loyal defenders” of His Royal Orange Ass a camo MAGA/KAG hat for $35 (this may not be the exact hat offered in the email), that they can wear to Show Their Loyalty and Proclaim Their Allegiance. But here’s the kicker: The President wants YOU and every other member of our exclusive Trump Army to have something to identify yourselves with, and to let everyone know that YOU are the President’s first line of defense when it comes to fighting off the Liberal MOB. Take a minute. Roll the idea around in your head. Trump wants to recruit and create a “Trump Army,” all wearing easily identifiable hats, to “figh[t] off the Liberal MOB.” I’m guessing that this is part of the “liberal mob” that Trump is agitating against: What exactly does it mean for the “Trump Army” to fight off this ravening, slobbering mob of peaceful liberals? Your guess is as good as mine, but I’m thinking it will start off something like this: They already know how to give the salutes: Trump 2020 is recruiting its own private army to engage in street fighting with, well, whoever they’re pointed at. Naturally Trump and his cadre of press flacks and liars, which we can call the Goebbels Brigade, will sneer and poo-poo the meaning behind the email. Kayleigh McEnany will laugh and say the “hysterical left” is taking the email far too seriously. Kellyanne Conway, whose continued status as being married to George Conway never fails to mystify me, will label the call to violence “metaphorical.” Sure it is. But the Trump 2020 campaign isn’t alone in calling for violence against Americans. Senator Tom Cotton (R-Vermin) wants to send in our military’s most elite units to slaughter Americans. “Slaughter”? Absolutely. Sen. Tom Cotton R-AR suggests using the 101st Airborne to restore order. pic.twitter.com/FBjbQDX8sk — Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) June 1, 2020 Cotton is a military veteran. He says, No quarter for insurrectionists, anarchists, rioters, and looters. “No quarter” means shoot to kill. It means blood and bodies in the streets. He knows what he means. He wants it. “Pastor” Rick Wiles, who is as crazy as a shithouse rat, says that protesters should be rounded up, taken to Guantanamo, and tortured. The Trump administration has given Rick Wiles's website press credentials on several occasions: https://t.co/BMObDjZIUT https://t.co/5UZBvp5HVr — igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) June 4, 2020 This is where the Trump administration/campaign (screw campaign law, they are the same organization) is taking us in 2020. A Trump Army, wearing hats to identify themselves, going out in angry, gun-wielding mobs to attack […]

Pennsylvania Democrat Expresses Righteous Outrage at GOP Plague Rats’ Failure to Warn Them of COVID-19 Exposure; Rats Mock Him in Return

This is a quick follow-up to my article of yesterday about GOP Republicans in the Pennsylvania Legislature testing positive for COVID-19 and refusing to tell their Democratic colleagues. For a week. Yes, really. State House Democrat Brian Sims was as shocked as any other decent American would have been. Yesterday, he took to Facebook Live to express his outrage, his indignation, his disgust, and, yes, his fear that he, his family, and so many others had possibly been exposed to the hellbug by Republicans who knew they themselves had been exposed, had been tested, had been “quarantining” to some degree, but decided not to tell the Democrats in the legislature. Watch the video here. It’s 12 minutes long. It is NSFW. Watch it anyway. Sims, the first openly gay member of the Pennsylvania State Legislature and who is quite outspoken about his disgust with the crop of Republican plague rats infesting state and federal government (see the photo above, from 2018, when Sims “welcomed” Mike Pence to Philadelphia), did not mince words in the video. Sims was shocked by the plague rats’ deliberate decision to expose Democrats to the virus without telling them, “for as much as a week if not longer” while they were being tested, contact tracing, and self-quarantining (such as they did). He notes that the legislature has been the most active in the nation, and the Government Committee, on which he sits, has been the most active in that body. So for a week, plague rat Andrew Lewis (R-Vermin), who tested positive, and others like Russ Diamond (R-Sewer Rat), who was sort of quarantining because he had been in proximity to Corona Andrew, had sat in committee with Sims and other Democrats, not masked up and not telling them that they were possibly infectious. What were they doing that was so important? Passing legislation urging Governor Tom Wolf (D-Sane) to reopen the state, because in their infected minds, it was safe to do so. The virus wasn’t such a big thing, they wailed, and what about the economy?!? Now, Sims said, his Democratic colleages had just finished taking part in a panicky teleconference with doctors with the State Department of Health about what to do to keep themselves and their families safe after being exposed to the virus for a week by their verminous colleagues — and, of course, going home every night to kiss their kids and hug their spouses. As Sims spoke, some of them were on the phones to their families, explaining why they might not be coming home for a while. Sims revealed that in January, he donated a kidney, rendering himself immunocompromised. Another Democrat’s wife is also immunocompromised. Now they were deliberately exposed to the hellbug by the Republican plague rats in the legislature. Sims demanded the immediate resignation of Speaker Mike Terzai (R-Plague Bearer) and any other member of the Republican legislature who knew that their caucus members had been compromised and refused to tell their Democratic colleagues. He wants the Pennsylvania Attorney General to open an investigation. And he wants prosecutions. They belong in jail, he says. Pennsylvania is one of 30 states that prosecute individuals for deliberately exposing others to HIV/AIDS. I imagine Sims is aware of this; I remember it quite well. It is not a stretch to […]

GOP Plague Rat Refuses to Tell Pennsylvania Democrats He is Infected with COVID-19

I’m grown tired of the Daily Outrage stories. “Trump said this! What an asshole!” “McConnell did this! What an asshole!” There’s just so fucking many of them, each of them more shocking and morally reprehensible than the next. Honestly, if you made me king for a day, I’d channel Travis McGee, who had similar thoughts (from The Empty Copper Sea; go read the quote): I’d go through the land in disguise, rewarding the good and lopping the heads off of the assholes. By the time I was done, the place would look like a macabre bowling alley. I have violent thoughts, I know. Usually, I just move them aside and try to continue conducting myself in a civilized fashion. Who knows what lurks inside the hearts and minds of men, indeed? But this one is special. This guy…well, I honestly don’t know what we, as a civilized society, should do with this one. Pennsylvania State Rep. Andrew Lewis (R-Plague Rat) is a special kind of asshole. On May 27, he announced on his Facebook page that he had been “secretly self-quarantining” for a few days after being tested positive for COVID-19. He began feeling ill the second week of May, was tested on May 18, and told he was positive on May 20. He chose not to go public “[o]ut of respect for my family, and those who I may have exposed.” He said in the comments on his Facebook post that he privately told family members and some who might have been exposed, and said members of his staff “who met the criteria exposure was immediately contacted and required to self-isolate for 14 days from their date of possible exposure.” At least one fellow Republican, and possibly two more, were advised that Lewis may have infected them, and they should self-quarantine. Bad enough, right? He decided who he should and shouldn’t know about him breathing the Coronavirus on everyone and everything he encountered. But it gets better. Lewis told his Republican caucus’s Human Resources Department. He did NOT tell any Democrats. Neither did the GOP caucus. So the House Democrats who came into contact with him didn’t know he was blowing his Corona breath in their faces. Democrats found out…yesterday. Yesterday. No one told them. For almost a week. Like many in the Rattus Norvegicus Caucus, Lewis didn’t participate remotely in legislative business, and he refused to wear a mask. The idiot who was told to self-isolate, Russ Diamond (R-Sewer Rodent) has openly boasted that he goes in public without a mask. Apparently masks are for sissies. (No word if Macho Man Russ Diamond is currently battling a scorching case of COVID-19 as you read this. He says he’s fine, and intends to keep showing up, unmasked and apparently untested.) Democrats are not happy. Democrat Kevin Boyle, who chairs a House committee that both Diamond and Lewis breathe all over, says he is outraged that he and his fellow Democrats were not told. Most Republicans, he says, refuse to wear masks in the committee. “Whoever knew this in the Republican leadership and did not inform the broader membership and staff, they need to resign immediately. This is outrageous and immoral.” Boyle intends to get tested within a day or so. Boyle’s committee has been at the center of a pitched […]

The Tara Reade Train Wreck Continues. Biden is Not Out of the Woods Yet

Tara Reade is a liar. This is not the first or the second time I’ve written about this. I hope it is the last. Frankly, I’m getting tired of it. And notice: I’m no longer qualifying this as an opinion. The facts bear out the claim. She is a bald-faced, unrepentant serial liar. What are some of the new developments? Well, she’s been revealed to have lied about her college degrees. She lied about being an “expert” who could testify in domestic violence cases — which she did. Now those cases are being considered for reopening, and convicted domestic abusers may be freed because of Reade’s lies under oath. And, her high-profile lawyer dropped her as a client. Her credibility is shot. No one with any discernment believes that Biden actually molested her, unless their hatred of Biden and/or love of Trump drives them to advocate for her credibility because they still hope she can split enough votes away from Biden to cost him the presidency. That applies to both devoted MAGAts and devoted Bernie Busters. Let’s look at where Reade stands now — in the ashes of her future, the unmasked lies and deceptions of her past, and the entire destruction of her credibility as a truthful witness to, well, anything. Cease and Desist? Back in the halcyon days of — five days ago!?! — Reade’s attorney, veteran sexual harassment defense lawyer and Trump donor Douglas Wigdor, sent a cease-and-desist order to Lynn Hummer, one of Reade’s most persuasive critics. Hummer, who calls Reade “manipulative” and a “liar” after having Reade allegedly milk thousands of dollars out of Hummer’s non-profit horse rescue organization, received the letter on May 17. The letter advised her to stop giving “false” information “to the media and online” about Reade. How did Wigdor know Hummer was giving false information to the media? His client, Reade, said so. Wigdor wrote: These harassing, intimidating and false statements are unlawful and are clearly intended to tarnish and impugn Ms. Reade’s character and reputation. … Let this letter serve as a final demand for you to cease and desist from engaging in this or similar conduct immediately. Almost a month before, Reade posted this on Twitter: You will stop Lynn Hummer. You have been reported for animal neglect to Santa Cruz county. Stop soliciting funds using my sexual assault story as leverage. A lawyer will be in contact with you for defaming me. You may not continue to spread false information regarding my life. — taratweets ( Alexandra Tara Reade) (@ReadeAlexandra) April 20, 2020 After Wigdor sent his letter, Hummer’s own lawyer, Pat Harris, said: I find it very ironic that her attorney is trying to bully witnesses when he is claiming that is what’s happening to her in the Joe Biden case. … The last thing in the world that Tara Reade wants to do is meet Lynn Hummer in the courtroom. Hummer has receipts. Reade does not. Harris told Politico: “We’ll be more than happy to provide actual physical evidence that backs up Ms. Hummer’s story. All Reade has is a lawyer trying to bully my client.” Released from Biden’s Staff Due to Health Issues? This is almost certainly a lie. In my previous articles, we’ve seen that Reade almost certainly was asked to resign, if not outright fired, due […]

Trump’s Idiot Sons Defame Biden, Democrats. In Other Words, It Must be Monday

One of the more nauseating aspects of the Trump presidency is the media attention focused on his two idiot sons, Uday and Qusay, or, more accurately, Donald Jr. and Eric. Raised to be Trump’s successors in his gilded outhouse of a “business empire,” they have succeeded in faithfully echoing and doubling down on their father’s virulent, racist stupidity, and, again like their father, have not — yet — publicly shit their britches in public. Hey, credit where credit’s due, right? Well, the Moron Twins decided to start the weekend off with a bang. Junior led off the weekend festivities on Saturday, reposting a vile little concoction on Instagram labeling Joe Biden as a pedophile. Lots in our story on all that Trump is hurling at Biden—including a wave of F’book ads painting him as senile—and the president’s son is now suggesting the former VP is a pedophile >>https://t.co/Kv570T5tVo pic.twitter.com/H33RrlOIdV — Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT) May 16, 2020 Predictably, Idiot #1 came back crying that he had been misunderstood, and all of the “LOL” emojis should have clearly indicated to anyone that he was merely joshing around. 1. The 3 ???? emojis in the caption should indicate to anyone with a scintilla of common sense that I’m joking around. 2. If the media doesn’t want people mocking & making jokes about how creepy Joe is, then maybe he should stop the unwanted touching & keep his hands to himself? https://t.co/Jy98aq6yWD pic.twitter.com/Kcr9jdPSbC — Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 16, 2020 Because labeling someone a pedophile is ALWAYS good for a laugh, right, Uday? He them came back with a four-pack of pictures of Biden indulging in “unwanted touching” of various children, at least one of which I’m 90% sure is Photoshopped. We’re all aware that Grandpa Biden likes to smooch and nuzzle kids, and, as every grandparent will tell you, sometimes the kids go, “Ewww, Grandpa!” Did Biden go a little far at times? Sure he did. Does Biden owe Uday a fist in his fat mouth for using that as a platform to pole-vault an outlandish, libelous accusation of pedophilia? In my view, absolutely. (For the record, I also believe that Bill Clinton should have whipped Rush Limbaugh’s ass for calling his daughter Chelsea the “White House dog.”) Biden spokesperson Andrew Bates responded: No repulsive, manipulative tactic will change the subject from how almost 90,000 Americans have paid for Donald Trump’s coronavirus negligence with their lives and how the booming economy he inherited from the Obama-Biden administration is now suffering from depression-level job losses. I appreciate the counterattack, but I would have liked to have seen Bates respond more directly, with a flat denial and an offer to come over and crunch Uday’s teeth…wait, that one would be more my style than the style of a presidential campaign, and now we all know why Biden didn’t hire me as a campaign spokesperson. Biden has flatly denied Tara Reade’s garbage claims of him mauling her in a Senate office hallway, and Reade’s story continues to collapse around her. But don’t think that will stop the Trump campaign’s relentless attempts to paint Biden as guilty of the same offenses Trump has committed. Younger and, if possible, stupider brother Qusay decided, as he always does, to try to keep up with his big brother. He ran to Jeanne […]

Tara Reade Is a Liar

As I said in my last article on the subject, this is not a fact. This is a strong conclusion based on an enormous amount of evidence. Since I wrote that last article, more evidence has emerged that paints Reade as a liar with a history of lying, manipulation and fraudulent behavior. When I taught middle school, we always had at least one serial liar in each class. A typical encounter: they would run to me during homeroom, crying and complaining that Mean Little Johnny pushed them on the bus. By the time I could get the vice principal in to hear the story, they were then claiming that Johnny had punched them in the head. By the time they got to the office to make a formal complaint, they would say that Johnny had them on the floor of the bus, beating, kicking and stomping them. When they were told that no one else saw any of this on the bus, or that we found it odd that their story had changed so drastically in the course of 30 minutes, the tantrum and tears would start. Everyone was against them. We all wanted them to be hurt. We were all on Mean Little Johnny’s side. And so forth. The parallels between Reade and the class liar/dramatist are clear. I might have believed the initial story — after all, Mean Little Johnny had pushed kids before. But I damn sure didn’t believe the escalated versions, especially after eyewitnesses verified they didn’t see any of the embellished allegations take place. And the drama and waterworks just confirmed what I already believed — that Sad Widdle Jenny (or Billy) was lying their little ass off. I don’t know what Tara Reade was like in middle school. I do have a better idea what she was like as a Biden staffer. From what I read, she was a poor staffer who was let go for incompetence (if not worse). PBS interviewed 74 former Biden staffers who worked with him during the time Reade worked on his staff. 62 of the ones interviewed were women. Most don’t remember Reade. The ones who do don’t remember anything about any sort of sexual harassment allegations (remember, the initial version of Reade’s story contains NO allegations of sexual misconduct). Biden: A Fair and Equitable Boss The reporters, Daniel Bush and Lisa Desjardins, describe Biden as “a demanding but fair and family-oriented boss, devoted to his home life in Delaware and committed to gender equality in his office. He was not on a list of ‘creepy’ male senators that female staffers told each other to avoid in the elevators on Capitol Hill.” The reporters continue: None of the people interviewed said that they had experienced sexual harassment, assault or misconduct by Biden. All said they never heard any rumors or allegations of Biden engaging in sexual misconduct, until the recent assault allegation made by Tara Reade. Former staffers said they believed Reade should be heard, and acknowledged that their experiences do not disprove her accusation. … Many said that her sexual assault allegation was at odds with their knowledge of Biden’s behavior toward women. … Many former Biden staffers said they believe Reade’s allegation is false. Fired for Poor Job Performance, Not for a Sexual Harassment Report One of the […]

New Anti-Trump Ad: He is “The Snake”

I am generally not a fan of stories about political ads. “Such and such DESTROYED the other guy in this ad!!! MUST WATCH!!!” Yeah, yeah. The ads are usually good, making a relevant point and possibly irritating their target (especially if it’s Trump, who is insanely easy to ruffle), but no one is “destroyed” by them. This one is different. It’s called “The Snake,” and it is a master class in how to absolutely drop the hammer on a political opponent. There’s no narration; every word comes from either Donald Trump or a news anchor. Check it out. ???? NEW VIDEO Donald Trump and his venomous politics and ideology are un-American. Donald Trump IS The Snake. pic.twitter.com/Ltey4mnEB2 — MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch) May 8, 2020 It hits every high note with Trump: his catastrophic failure as a “real estate mogul,” his sexual predations, his depraved interest in his daughter Ivanka, his racism, his simpering pretense at patriotism, his repeated business frauds, his attempts to destroy NATO, his cozy relations with bloody-handed dictators, his attempt to coeerce Ukraine into helping him sabotage the 2020 election, his and his family’s grifting while in the White House, his deliberate sabotage of the federal and state governments’ responses to the COVID-19 crisis, and his attempts to cause the deaths of more Americans from fraudulent and dangerous “medical” treatments for the virus. Structurally, it’s framed around his performance of “The Snake,” a poem that we’ll learn more about in a bit. The ad starts ominously slow and ends on a furious climax of pounding music, whirling graphics, and Trump’s frenzied bellowing of the final lines of the piece. After I watched it the first time, I thought of Trump as one person: Randall Flagg. Like Trump, Flagg giggled while he tore society apart. Trump read the poem, in truncated form, at rallies throughout 2016. (You’re forgiven if you don’t remember. I didn’t either, until this CNN piece from 2017 reminded me.) “The Snake” is about a good-hearted woman who brings a half-frozen snake into her home to save its life. When it thaws, it bites her and causes her death, because that’s his nature. (Think “The Frog and the Scorpion,” or Aespo’s “The Farmer and the Viper.”) As Eli Rosenberg wrote for the Washington Post, “It is a crowd-pleaser, part xenophobic fearmongering, part tale told by Grandpa — “story time with Trump,” as one college supporter” put it. As CNN’s Chris Cillizza explained it, Trump’s grinning recitation of the poem was a: not-subtle allegory for the situation on the border with Mexico and in reference to the Syrian refugee crisis, warning against allowing potential terrorists into the country. […] Trump makes explicit the fact that the snake represents the undocumented workers coming into the country, and the woman is our current U.S. border policy. It’s a striking image: Undocumented workers might look weak and pitiable but, in the end, they will bite you for trying to help. He dredged it up again in 2017, to commemorate his 100th day in office, and has used it several times since then. Ironically, the daughters of the poem’s author have asked Trump to stop using the poem at his rallies. Civil rights activist Oscar Brown Jr. wrote the poem as a song in 1963. (In 1968, it was used in a song by […]

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