One problem with having to take a nap every couple of hours is that all sleep patterns inevitably get wrecked, and that’s where I am now, awake and staring in the early morning or late night…what fun.
1. I see that we have riots in Minneapolis. The Third Precinct police station was set on fire; earlier, rioters burned down a six-story, 190-unit affordable housing project slated to open in the spring of 2021. That development cost approximately $37 million. Never mind: MSNBC’s reliably ridiculous Ali Velshi told his viewers, literally as flames raged behind him, that “this is mostly a protest. It is not generally speaking unruly.” I would say this is unbelievable, but it only slightly moves the needle in the manner the current left-mainstream media regards reality as a flexible concept.
Meanwhile, there is absolutely no rational nor ethical justification for riots, ever, as a response to a single instance of police brutality, or in response to anything else. Nevertheless, we will get rationalizations and excuses from the usual suspects, as well as pious humming that it’s “understandable” for people to act this way. Not if rioters are to be regarded as adults, it’s not. They are harming innocent fellow citizens and business owners, and making matter worse, not better. The enablers and the apologists for such conduct should be duly marked, identified, and condemned, and no, the four rogue police officers who appear to have killed George Floyd did not “cause” the riots. The rioters caused the riots; it’s a choice, and an inexcusable one. The protests elsewhere demanding premature charges and the abandonment of due process regarding the officers are similarly indefensible.
This isn’t even a close call, and it is frightening that so few are willing to articulate it without equivocation.
2. Doesn’t anyone read Supreme Court opinions? “There’s no First Amendment right to lie. Period,” said Donna Brazile on Fox News.
Actually, Donna, you utter ignoramus, in United States v. Alvarez, the Supreme Court held by a majority of six to three that it was unconstitutional for Congress to make lying about one’s military honors illegal, because, as the 9th Circuit had ruled, misrepresentations and lies that fall short of fraud are protected speech. Putting an emphatic “Period” after a reckless misstatement of law and fact is exactly the kind of false pronouncement that the First Amendment does protect.
Brazile’s statement is also the kind of “lie” that gets added to those lists of 1001 Trump lies. Brazile wasn’t lying, I’m relatively certain. She just doesn’t know what the hell she’s talking about, raising the question of why she’s a “news contributor” anywhere.
3. Moral luck bites Amy Klobuchar. Senator Amy Klobuchar was the Hennepin County Attorney in Minnesota when one of the officers implicated in the death of George Floyd fatally shot a black suspect in 2006 but was not prosecuted. It doesn’t matter whether the decision not to prosecute Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin over the shooting of Wayne Reyes in October 2006 following a car chase was correct or not. He was one of the cops in the Floyd episode, and Joe Biden can’t afford to have a #2 without an impeccable past regarding race issues. So Klobuchar, due to no apparent fault of her own, is toast.
Fate seems to be greasing the wheels for Stacy Abrams, the least qualified of the potential black, female candidates available to Biden, to end up as his VP. Of course, then she would be subjected to the same relentless criticism as Sarah Palin was when she offered her thin resume to the public as John McCain’s running mate…I’m sorry, I just dissolved in giggles. I just couldn’t get that out with a straight face…