New 06 January Riot Report

Lots has been written and reported about the breach of the Capitol by the rabid mob of overweight in-bred Trump supporters…..and the reports are not finished…..a new one of the policing of the crowd has been released….

For me this report is disturbing on several levels….

A new report from the Capitol Police force’s internal investigator says that even though the force had advance warnings about the Jan. 6 riot at the US Capitol, officers were told not to use their most powerful tools for crowd-control. The New York Times calls the watchdog report “the most devastating account to date of the lapses and miscalculations” surrounding the attack. The 104-page document from inspector general Michael A. Bolton will be addressed during a House Administration Committee hearing Thursday. It reveals that the Civil Disturbance Unit was instructed not to use tools like stun grenades to disperse the mob. Per NPR, it also reports they received “cumbersome” protective gear and riot shields that shattered upon impact due to having been stored improperly or simply being too old.

This despite the fact that, as the report reveals, the warnings in the lead-up to Jan. 6 were more clear than previously thought. “Unlike previous postelection protests, the targets of the pro-Trump supporters are not necessarily the counterprotesters as they were previously, but rather Congress itself is the target on the 6th,” a threat assessment sent three days before the siege read. Yet, the report says, officers were woefully ill-prepared to handle the attack due to intelligence breakdowns and discrepancies and poor leadership decisions. In addition, some members of the CDU had not undergone the mandatory annual training in years, and some critical equipment was in short supply.

Let me get this right…..

There were a handful of DC police on hand for a mob of thousands….and for a group of black protesters there is hundreds of cops and national guard…..is that equal response?

Don’t give me the excuse about some vandalism possibilities…..what do you think those overweight in-bred morons did to the Capitol?

Once again we see the inequality in this nation.

What will it take for this country to start waking up to the cancer of bigotry that is creeping slowly through our society and destroying piece by piece the very fabric of this nation?

I wanted to give my readers the pdf of the document but since it is restricted the best I can do is a short pdf for them to read….

Click to access HHRG-117-HA00-Wstate-BoltonM-20210415-SD003.pdf

Read the 4 pages carefully and then look at other protests and then tell me what you see.

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Can It Happen Again?

This post is about the insurrection of 06 January and the breach of the Capitol building by protesters (rioters).

Was that a once in a lifetime incident?

A recent poll showed that most Americans think it is a distinct possibility….

A broad majority of Americans say that political violence in response to election results is likely in the United States in the next few years, according to a new CNN Poll conducted by SSRS.

Overall, 71% say political violence in response to election results is at least somewhat likely, including 34% who believe it is very likely. The expectation that elections will lead to violence also cuts across party lines (78% of Democrats, 70% of independents and 65% of Republicans describe it as likely).
There is far less partisan agreement over whether American democracy took a blow due to the January 6 attack on the US Capitol. Overall, 62% are concerned that the attack weakened American democracy. But a political divide was evident: Among Democrats (79%) and independents (64%), most say they are concerned that it weakened democracy, but just 36% of Republicans feel the same.
 
A possibility….and yet Repubs think that a riot that produced numerous injuries and even deaths is over played by the MSM…..

Over half of Republicans and Republican-leaning adults said they believe the Capitol riots are getting too much attention, according to a new Pew Research Center survey on Americans’ views on the January 6 insurrection. 

In the poll, 54% of Republicans said they think too much attention is being paid to the riots, while 33% said they think the right amount of attention is paid and 11% thought that too little attention is being paid.

Among Democrats and Democratic-leaning respondents, 40% think too little attention is being paid to the deadly violence and only 8% think the riots are receiving too much attention. 

https://www.businessinsider.com/54-percent-republicans-capitol-riots-getting-too-much-attention-survey-2021-3

Seriously?

Is the breach of the Capitol by idiots waving Trump flags is overplayed?

Most Americans think that the insurrectionists should be punished for their part in this riot…..

A new survey out Thursday reveals that a strong majority of Americans think it’s important for federal law enforcement to prosecute the right-wing extremists and Donald Trump supporters who attacked the Capitol on January 6.

While 18% of Americans said it is somewhat important to do so, a wide majority—69%—said it is very important, Pew Research Center found.

Both Democrats and Republicans were clear that prosecution of the rioters is at least somewhat important. Half of Republicans said it is very important, and 29% said it is somewhat important.

Democrats, in contrast, were more likely to say it’s very important. Eight-six percent of Democrats expressed that view, compared to 9% who said it is just somewhat important.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/03/19/poll-large-majority-see-prosecution-insurrection-rioters-very-important

But will they?

Personally I think that the American people need to be reminded every day about this breach……least we forget……we should never forget that our republic was under attack from within by mental midgets that were lead their by a megalomaniac that we had as president.

And I think they should be ALL punished….jail and fines as heavily as can be admissible.

I think it could happen again…..as long as the disruptive element in the Congress keeps spreading lies and egging the overweight in-bred morons on to action.

Why do I think something like the breach could happen again?

Because of the dialog and the fact that many Americans do not think it was an act of violence against the government..

It’s been almost three months to the day since the Capitol attack, and in its wake, former President Trump and his allies, as well as members of the conservative media, have “publicly painted a picture of the day’s events jarringly at odds with reality,” as Reuters puts it. That narrative has apparently been heard and absorbed by a good number of Republicans, as evidenced by the latest Reuters/Ipsos survey. In the online poll of just over 1,000 US adults on March 30-31, about half of Republicans surveyed believe the Jan. 6 riot was mostly nonviolent or caused by activist factions on the left “trying to make Trump look bad.” That contrasts with the 80% of Democrats and 60% of independents who don’t believe the attack was “mostly peaceful.”

Among the GOPers surveyed, 60% also believe Trump’s claim that the 2020 election was “stolen” from him, with that same number of Republicans hoping he’ll make another presidential run in 2024. That latter group conflicts with the 60% of Americans overall who don’t think Trump should run again, per the survey. Still, Trump remains perched at the top of the GOP, with the poll showing that 8 in 10 Republicans continue to see him in a favorable light. “Republicans have their own version of reality,” says Vanderbilt University political science professor John Geer. “It is a huge problem. Democracy requires accountability, and accountability requires evidence.” Insider cites a Pew poll from early March of 12,000 US adults that also queried respondents about the Capitol attack. In that survey, 54% of Republicans thought the riot was being given too much attention, compared with 8% of Democrats; 28% of Americans overall felt that way.

So what do you think?

Is it overplayed by the media?

Should we forgive and forget?

If we forgive what assurances do we have that the morons will behave like true Americans?

Let your thoughts be known.

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From The ‘Can’t Fix Stupid’ Files

Once again there is stupid and then there is really stupid.

Law enforcement has been identifying and arresting perps of the insurrection on 06 January…..and they have even asked the public for their help….and then idiots do the job for the FBI……

And this moron is one of those stupid in-bred morons…..

 
Garret Miller didn’t speak to the law enforcement officers who arrested him on charges he stormed the US Capitol in January, but the T-shirt he was wearing at his Dallas home that day sent a clear and possibly incriminating message. Miller’s shirt had a photograph of former President Donald Trump, and it said “Take America Back” and “I Was There, Washington DC, January 6, 2021,” federal prosecutors noted in a court filing Monday. Prosecutors are urging a judge to keep Miller jailed while he awaits trial on charges stemming from the Jan. 6 riot in the nation’s capital, the AP reports. He was arrested on Jan. 20 and indicted by a DC grand jury on Feb. 12 on 12 counts, including civil disorder, obstruction of an official proceeding, and assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers.

Miller’s attorney is seeking his client’s release from custody, saying he has expressed regret for his actions. Like many of the more than 300 people facing federal charges in connection with the siege, Miller thoroughly documented and commented on his actions that day in a flurry of social media posts. After Miller posted a selfie showing himself inside the Capitol building, another Facebook user wrote, “bro you got in?! Nice!” Miller replied, “just wanted to incriminate myself a little lol,” prosecutors said. Miller joined the mob that breached the Capitol building and later threatened to kill Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and a Capitol police officer, authorities said. Miller remains jailed in Oklahoma City. His transport to Washington is on hold because he broke his collarbone while playing soccer in the recreation yard at a Dallas jail.

Another fine example of “can’t fix stupid”.

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Crime And Punishment

Of course you have heard about the Georgia state representative that was arrested and charged of “knocking while black”……she has been charged with 2 felonies……

Personally I do not think she will be convicted because the charges will be dropped because of the outrage from the people…..but I could be mistaken…..

Speaking of not doing any time……

Most of the 06 January insurrectionists may not serve any time at all…..

A POLITICO analysis of the Capitol riot-related cases shows that almost a quarter of the more than 230 defendants formally and publicly charged so far face only misdemeanors. Dozens of those arrested are awaiting formal charges, even as new cases are being unsealed nearly every day.

In recent days, judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys have all indicated that they expect few of these “MAGA tourists” to face harsh sentences.

There are two main reasons: Although prosecutors have loaded up their charging documents with language about the existential threat of the insurrection to the republic, the actions of many of the individual rioters often boiled down to trespassing. And judges have wrestled with how aggressively to lump those cases in with those of the more sinister suspects.

“My bet is a lot of these cases will get resolved and probably without prison time or jail time,” said Erica Hashimoto, a former federal public defender who is now a law professor at Georgetown. “One of the core values of this country is that we can protest if we disagree with our government. Of course, some protests involve criminal acts, but as long as the people who are trying to express their view do not engage in violence, misdemeanors may be more appropriate than felonies.”

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/03/30/jan-6-capitol-riot-jail-time-478440

Really?

Knocking on a door is felony material and charging and breaching a police line that causes injury, destruction and death is a misdemeanor….participating in an insurrection is a misdemeanor?

Let me reiterate…..a black woman knocking on a door is charged with felonies and a pack of overweight in-bred whites join an insurrection could be charged with misdemeanors.

One was black the others are white……thinking about that!

And they say justice is blind….sounds more like bigotry to me.

Since Gitmo is available…I say send them all the insurrectionists there and let them think about the stupidity they were involved in.

There is NO way any participant should get a “get out of jail free card” for insurrection.  PERIOD!

As I have stated many times but it bears repeating….in my younger days I was a far Leftist and in no way did that sort of insurrection enter our minds…..and yet we are painted as ‘hating democracy’….

You tell me who is the bigger threat to democracy…..a bunch that is looking to the people and their best interests or a group that blindly follows some orange tinged megalomaniac?

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“lego ergo scribo”

From The “Can’t Fix Stupid” Files

There are stupid around every corner these days….so for that reason I will from time to time do a post that will be entitled “From The Files Of ‘Can’t Fix Stupid’……..

There are stupid actions and more stupid reasons for that action…..and this illustrates just what I am writing about……

Surely by now most people know about the black Georgia lawmaker that was arrested on felon charges because she knocked on the governor’s door during his secret signing of the restrictive voter bill….

Now we have the reason (excuse) for her arrest…..

The Georgia State Patrol lieutenant who arrested a Black state lawmaker as she knocked on Gov. Brian Kemp’s door in an attempt to witness him signing controversial new voting restrictions into law says he was concerned about an attack at the state capitol similar to what happened January 6 at the US Capitol. Rep. Park Cannon, a Democrat, refused his orders to stop knocking, the officer says in a 13-page incident report obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. With January 6 on his mind, he feared protesters at the capitol would be “emboldened” to follow suit if he did nothing to stop Cannon, he says.

He said the “agitated” protesters in the lobby “began to get louder as she was refusing to follow my commands,” and that he tried to de-escalate the situation before ultimately handcuffing her and taking her to jail. She’s been charged with two felonies, obstruction of law enforcement and preventing or disrupting General Assembly sessions or other meetings, Fox News reports. Other officers say demonstrators tried to breach Kemp’s office door after Cannon’s arrest, a charge witnesses flatly deny. Cannon led a march at the statehouse Monday that was attended by Martin Luther King III.

Seriously?

How lame is this?

Was there a pack of rabid idiots with chair legs or bear spray?  Were any protesters attacking a police line?  Were there people yelling instructions as to who was to be targeted for injury?

This is an excuse for stupidity!

It is true….you really ‘can’t fix stupid’!

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“lego ergo scribo”

Defending White Privilege

NO I am not writing about defending white privilege….it is about the events that surrounded the breach of the Capitol on 06 January.

This is nothing new that appeared with the election of Trump….it has been with us for many many years….after decades even a century of slow simmer it has finally come to a violent boil on 06 January 2021.

A look at the slow simmer that erupts into the boil…..

As an outgrowth of the establishment of a regime of social control that attempted to incorporate all whites into a relatively privileged space vis-à-vis Native people and people of African descent, the politics of whiteness represent a long, albeit contested, institutional and ideological legacy. Whiteness, therefore, has a long history of being weaponized in order to terrorize and otherwise dominate racialized others in the United States and abroad. A review of some of those instances should underscore the point made by Kai Wright in his 2017 essay, “White Identity Politics and American Terrorism,” in The Nation: “There is no road forward for progressive politics without confronting white identity politics…(including) owning the legacy of white terrorism.”

The institutionalization of settler colonialism and racial capitalism in the colonial past appropriated resources and labor, allocating hierarchical value on the basis of social constructed racial categories. While the Indigenous suffered dispossession by white settler accumulation, Africans were possessed, increasingly through torture and rape, in order to accumulate profit. Hence, white settler expansion throughout the 18th and 19th centuries unleashed white supremacist terror against racialized others.

White Chickens, Coming Home to Roost

Look at these protesters….what is it that they want?

The US has given them just about everything they desired and yet they still want to destroy the very system that has provided them with benefits.

Why?

Just what is it that these morons want?

Is it about country and its people or just selfishness?

They claim to be law and order supporters…and are very vocal about the treatment of the police in other protests and yet there has been NO condemnation of the people that brought about the death of a police officer on 06 January….or the injuries their insurrection brought about on that day.

The political philosopher, John Locke, added to the notion of white supremacy…..

Locke’s influence went beyond serving as foundational for capitalism and the property regime. The Lockean notion of labor creating private property rights is intertwined with another equally deeply embedded Lockean legacy: the unequal racial access to property and liberty.

In this way, Locke’s liberalism was also of foundational importance when it came to racism, to white supremacy.

“In the beginning, all the world was America,” Locke famously wrote, imagining what he called the “state of nature” before the creation of political society. In advancing his theory that it was the mixing of one’s labor with land that created private property, Locke saw the Native Americans as creatures who could not be considered property owners since they merely inhabited the land and forests but did not cultivate the soil.

John Locke and the Roots of White Supremacy in the US

These days tumultuous days the debate on white supremacy and the sound of crickets is deafening.

This notion of white supremacy needs to die….there is NO time like the present.

But sadly the this sickness is on the rise….

 

White supremacist propaganda across the US reached the highest level in at least a decade last year, according to a report from the Anti-Defamation League. It describes 5,125 cases of hateful messages targeting people who are non-white, Black, Jewish, Muslim, or identify as LGBTQ, spread through physical materials, up from 2,724 cases in 2019. It adds the messaging, including phrases “Black Crimes Matter” and “White Lives Matter,” often appeared as “veiled white supremacist language with a patriotic slant,” per Reuters. Online propaganda cases likely number in the millions, the report adds. “As we try to understand and put in perspective the past four years, we will always have these bookends of Charlottesville and Capitol Hill” but “there’s a lot of things that happened in between those moments that set the stage,” CEO Jonathan Greenblatt says, per the AP.

Christian Picciolini, a former far-right extremist who founded deradicalization group Free Radicals Project, says “the pandemic, job loss, a heated election, protest over extrajudicial police killings of Black Americans, and a national reckoning sparked by our country’s long tradition of racism has created a perfect storm” for extremist recruiters, who “use the uncertainty and fear caused by crisis to win over new recruits to their ‘us vs. them’ narrative,” per the AP. The ADL traces the propaganda to at least 30 groups but says 92% of activity came from three: the New Jersey European Heritage Association, Patriot Front, and the Nationalist Social Club.

Just how much of this manure does this country and its people tolerate?

I say enough is enough!

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Thoughts On Protests

America has been the site of many protests in our few years as a nation…..and in all that time the handling of these protests have been handled badly and the worse times for this bad behavior has been in the last 100 years or so.

Recent years have brought old animosities tom the forefront…..that of racial inequality.

What got me to thinking about this was a new law that has passed in the state of Oklahoma….

Racial justice advocates on Wednesday condemned the Oklahoma House of Representatives’ approval of a Republican bill shielding motorists who run over protesters, a measure they say ignores the real issues of systemic racism and police violence while further endangering Black lives.

H.B. 1674 (pdf)—passed by a party-line vote of 79-18—would grant civil and criminal immunity to drivers who “unintentionally” kill or injure people while “fleeing from a riot” if they have “reasonable belief” that doing so will protect them from harm. 

Additionally, the proposed legislation would punish protesters who block traffic with up to a year behind bars and a $5,000 fine. 

Democratic lawmakers blasted the bill as draconian and criticized their GOP colleagues for bringing the measure to a vote after midnight when few people were paying attention. Democrats also said the bill was misguided and ignored the bigger problems of racism, police violence, and inequality that sparked Black Lives Matter and other protests.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/03/11/activists-say-oklahoma-bill-declares-open-season-protesters

As someone who has been deeply involved in protests in the past I look at the events and think that not much has changed in all those years……but why is change so hard or why do protests fail?

Today, there’s no shortage of important issues that arouse passions. But significant change requires more than protests and marches. The truth is that nobody cares if you want to sleep in a park or shout slogans on the streets. To make a real impact, you need to influence institutions.

https://www.realclearworld.com/2021/02/24/why_protests_fail_661538.html

My thought on why they fail is that those in power do not listen or do not care…..no matter the issue.  They look for political expediency and not the subject of the protests.

Any thoughts?

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“lego ergo scribo”

Insurrection Good News/Bad News

The saga continues for the insurrection of 06 January 2021……the FBI and Justice Department is trying to find those that participated and bring them to justice…..

The good news of the insurrection……more arrests coming…..

The U.S. Justice Department on Friday said it expects to file criminal charges against more than 100 additional people who allegedly participated in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, in what it described as probably the most complex investigation it has ever handled.

More than 300 people already face charges stemming from the siege, which left five people dead and more than 130 police officers injured as thousands of supporters of former President Donald Trump tried to prevent Congress from certifying his election defeat.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-capitol-prosecution-idUSKBN2B41Y7

Sadly there is bad news as well…..

The US attorney’s office in Washington, DC, expects to start offering plea deals to people charged in the Capitol insurrection in the next 30 days, a prosecutor told a judge on Friday.

None of the 300-plus people charged with participating in the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol have pleaded guilty to charges so far. Court filings in recent weeks have confirmed that some defendants are open to cutting a deal, but until now prosecutors had been vague about timing, at least in their public representations about the investigation. They’ve told judges that because of the mountain of evidence they’re still gathering and sifting through, they needed more time before they could make offers.

During a Friday morning hearing in the case of two alleged Capitol rioters, Jenny Cudd and Eliel Rosa, Assistant US Attorney Amanda Fretto said that based on information prosecutors had received from supervisors, it sounded “like things are moving along.” Fretto said she had spoken with lawyers for Cudd and Rosa about agreeing to suspend deadlines in their case for 30 days to give the government time to extend a plea offer.

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/zoetillman/capitol-riots-plea-deals-insurrection-cases

Plea deals?

I say NO DAMN WAY!

These people participated in an insurrection against this country…..make the a/holes pay for their betrayal of everything this country stands for……JAIL TIME!

They deserve NO consideration….PERIOD!

Thoughts?

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BLM Comes To Mississippi

There is a local food market that I was visiting because it is a cost plus store….trying to save some money….it looks like I will avoid this store because of an incident recently……

Protests have been staged around the store in my hometown……

GULFPORT, Miss. (WLOX) – “Black people, do not shop where you are not respected.”

That’s the message a small group repeated while walking around the parking lot of a Gulfport grocery store on Sunday, and while the protest was small, that message was heard loud and clear.

The protest was held outside the Froogel’s in Hardy Court after a couple alleged that racial slurs were made toward them while they were shopping last week.

Kimmiyatta May and her fiancé Bobby Anderson said the comments were made last Thursday by one employee to another.

“She told him these words while I was walking off to my fiancée: ‘Don’t worry about it. These n***** just spending n**** crumbs,” recounted May.

https://www.wlox.com/2021/03/08/claims-racial-slurs-being-used-by-gulfport-store-employees-prompts-protest/

I will boycott the establishment…..I feel there is NO room for this type of crap in the 21st century….I will stay away as long as this racist remains on their payroll.

The New South smells like the Old South to me.

“lego ergo scribo”

The Continuing Black Protests

Black Lives Matter have been protesting for years now trying to bring some notice to the injustice that is still occurring in the US.

For the most part they are non-violent…..I know there is reports of vandalism and looting…..for the most part it is thugs using the protests as cover for their criminality….it is mostly citizens protesting calmly and with purpose.

I need to ask….what has these non-violent protests accomplished?

I know there are bringing a focus on the injustice and inequality in our society….but the conversation around these protest are more about the isolated acts of criminality than the issues that caused the protest to start.

What will it take for this situation to generate a real conversation on the social inequality?

Black Lives Matter has brought about a few “promises” from governmental agencies…..

While it is too early to assess the global impact of the Black Lives Matter movement, emerging evidence indicates that it has made significant progress. The first significant impact of the protests has been the toppling of Confederate and slavery-related statues around the world — statues that had stood all-too-proudly for centuries. In England, protesters toppled the statue of Edward Colston, a prominent slave trader. In Belgium, protesters set fire to a statue of King Leopold II. In the USA, statues of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln have been toppled. Airports and schools are also being renamed.

Second, city councillors have vowed to reform police departments. From Minneapolis to New York City, and from Los Angeles to Denver,  mayors have pledged to take money away from the police and reinvest it in community programmes. In Los Angeles, for example,  Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that he would redirect US$250 million from the police budget into healthcare, jobs and ‘healing’ programmes for the city’s communities of colour. Democrats in Congress have also unveiled sweeping legislation on police reform, including banning chokeholds and mandating federal police officers to use body and dashboard cameras.

Third, corporations such as Apple, Facebook, Google, Reddit and Amazon have promised greater diversity and inclusivity. In fact, Reddit co-founder, Alexis Ohanian recently resigned via a video urging the board to fill his seat with a black candidate. Ohanian also pledged US$1 million to Colin Kaepernick’s Know your Rights Camp in the announcement. On top of this, a new database has been set up to collect video footage that documents police violence at demonstrations across the country.

https://www.merit.unu.edu/black-voices-matter-what-have-the-protests-achieved-and-should-they-always-be-non-violent/

(By the way….I do not agree with this supposition…..what it calls for has not worked in the past and most likely will not again)

These promises are nothing but a pacifying move…..cities are promising reform and yet the killings continue and the cops still walk or get  slap on the wrest for their murder…..and corporations are throwing money at the problems hoping it will put them in a favorable light…..basically the same crap they pulled in the 60s and we all know how that worked out, right?

I sorry to be a downer but I do not see any change in the future because of these protest….any change will be incremental at best…..and that tactic has gotten Blacks where they are today.

If they want to progress then there must be a new way….and that way is for them to work out…..but without another tactic nothing will change.

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”