1. This isn’t stupid, it’s just disturbing. Kevin Clinesmith, a top FBI lawyer who fabricated evidence in the federal warrant used to spy on the Trump campaign through Carter Page will plead guilty to federal charges brought by U.S. Attorney John Durham. His plea will admit to deliberately fabricating evidence in a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant application.
Clinesmith is the first individual to be charged as part of U.S. Attorney John Durham’s investigation into the efforts to spy on the Trump campaign and Trump administration. Both Durham and Attorney General William Barr have stated that they had reason to believe the entire investigation of the President, which allegedly began in late July of 2016, was illicit and unjustified.
Expect the news media, in collaboration with Democrats, to bury, spin, deny and otherwise attempt to mitigate the sinister implications of this development, and those to follow.
2. Yet another professor is subjected to punishment for non-conforming opinions. OK, what’s the problem with this tweet by Prof. Charles Negy?
After all, it’s true, during The Great Stupid. Maybe that’s the problem. Because it knew that it could not fire Negy for his opinion, being a public institution, the University of Central Florida decided to destroy him by pointedly calling on students to bring formal complaints “based on abusive or discriminatory behavior by any faculty or staff.” Since students were already demanding his dismissal, the point was not missed. Negy’s lawyer,Samantha K. Harris, explains,
Since June 4th, a litany (we don’t know the exact number, because they won’t say) of complaints has been lodged against Negy for his classroom pedagogy, for speech that allegedly occurred over a 15-year period from 2005 to 2020. The university charged Negy with discriminatory harassment on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, sex, gender identity/expression, and disability…while providing him with only a handful of “examples” of his alleged wrongdoing. … the university subjected Negy to an “investigative interview” that was one of the most Kafkaesque things I have seen in my 15 years advising students and faculty about campus disciplinary matters. For four straight hours, UCF’s investigator grilled Negy about accusations stemming directly from his classroom pedagogy, having made no effort to weed out the countless accusations that were obviously just critiques of his choice of teaching material….When Negy, physically and emotionally exhausted after four hours of interrogation, asked if the interview was almost over, we learned that the investigator had not even gotten halfway through her list of accusations. another five-hour inquisition was scheduled for the following week.
This investigation was obviously undertaken in retaliation for Negy’s protected tweets… How many professors are going to be willing to speak out if the result is a nine-hour inquisition followed by an almost inevitable punishment?
Cases like this are canaries in the coal mine: if a public university—a government agency—can treat someone this way for deviating from the university’s orthodoxy, and face no accountability for doing so, then what (and who) is next? The answer, of course, is you and me. We are next. If decent people do not take a stand against these abuses, it’s not a matter of if the state-endorsed mob will come for us—it’s only a matter of when.
BOY am I glad I’m not teaching legal ethics at American University any more!
3. Wait, why isn’t this story sparking protests and riots? Cannon Hinnant was shot in the head at point blank range by 25-year-old Darius Nathaniel Sessomor for riding his bike on Sessomor’s property. The murder was witnessed by a neighbor and Hinnant’s two young sisters. Mainstream media networks have largely ignored the story, but isome Black Lives Matter supporters who celebrated Hinnant’s death.
“[I don’t] give a shit he is white it’s time for revenge we tired shit over with now we shooting yall [sic] go cry to you moma,” tweeted the articulate Terrell Kent, a Taco Bell worker from North Carolina. Another fan from San Francisco, Dante Salvador, opined, “Blew his white privileged brains clean out of his head! #BlackLivesMatter.”
Last month, we learned about 20-year-old Isaiah Jackson, who staged a photo where he knelt on the neck of a white toddler whom he had cast in the role of George Floyd. (That’s non-traditional casting.) The toddler was two years old and was wearing only a diaper in the photo. Someone else holds the child’s hands behind its back. The sign says “Blm now mf.”
Now, it our country was made up of biased fools, we might react to these horrific incidents by making sweeping generalizations about Black Lives Matter, its followers, and African American men.
We might, in such a vile nation,then see demonstrations and riots protesting the racist and dangerous organization and the black men who fuel it. That, of course, would be divisive, unjust, illogical, and wrong. How can just two incidents be used as a catalyst to indict so many, as if they were representative of the organization and its adherents, rather than especially inflammatory incidents being exploited for political gain?
Now explain to me why the deaths of George Floyd and Breanna Taylor justify the current riots and protests across the country. Based on what we know, those deaths were not racially motivated, nor were they caused by typical police conduct or white attitudes.
I’ll stipulate that the fact that the news media covered the deaths of Floyd and Taylor as national news and barely reported the attacks on the five-year old and the toddler had something to do with it.