George Floyd death: Ex-cop Thao defense argues medical examiner ‘coerced’ to alter autopsy finding – neck compression a must

How does someone (Floyd) die of traumatic asphyxia when at the time of death they have a 97 percent oxygen arterial gas level? How does one kill someone with twice a fatal level of fentanyl? Just two questions I have been asking in several posts I have done on this “whodunnit” that is filled with emotion and few facts that show Chauvin was the cause of Floyd’s death.

If guilty of anything it was what he did not do for Floyd rather than what he did do. Most importantly this case has corrupted our legal system demanding that the blood lust of the public be obtained at whatever cost. Meanwhile we as a society watch as the mob takes out another one of the foundations of our society. Our legal system. First the update:

Law and Crime:

According to a 9-page court document filed Wednesday, May 12, Thao’s attorneys, Robert M. Paule and Natalie R. Paule, are accusing Dr. Roger Mitchell, the “former Medical Examiner of Washington D.C.,” of leveraging Baker by placing a phone call sometime between May 29, 2020, when Baker released a preliminary statement about George Floyd, and June 1, 2020, when Baker signed his findings as to the cause and manner of Floyd’s death. (The full autopsy was released publicly on June 3, 2020.) During the supposed call, Baker is alleged to have said that “he didn’t think the neck compression played a part” in Floyd’s death. Mitchell is alleged to have suggested that Baker “should fire his public information officer” for issuing the May 29 preliminary statement which said, in part, that the medical examiner’s autopsy “revealed no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation.”

“After the phone conversation between Dr. Mitchell and Dr. Baker, Dr. Mitchell decided he was going to release an op-ed critical of Dr. Baker’s findings in the Washington Post,” Thao’s court document alleges. “Dr. Mitchell first called Dr. Baker to let him know.”

Mitchell is alleged by Thao’s legal team to have said the following to Baker in a subsequent conversation:

[Y]ou don’t want to be the medical examiner who tells everyone they didn’t see what they saw. You don’t want to be the smartest person in the room and be wrong. Said there was a way to articulate the cause and manner of death that ensures you are telling the truth about what you are observing and via all of the investigation. Mitchell said neck compression has to be in the diagnosis.

…….

Thao’s defense attorneys argued a connection between the alleged coercion and Baker’s actual testimony in the trial of co-defendant Chauvin. From their motion:

During Dr. Baker’s testimony in the case of State v. Chauvin, Dr. Baker testified to the
following:

a.  That he conveyed to the State on May 26, 2020 in a meeting that the autopsy of
Mr. Floyd showed no anatomical evidence of asphyxiation.

b.  That he previous[ly] testified under oath in other proceedings regarding the death of Mr. Floyd.

For the full read go to Law and Crime

This image from video shows the certificate of death of George Floyd that was entered into evidence, as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill presides over court Firday, April 9, 2021, in the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, at

For more of the details check out my earlier posts:

Chauven – Floyd: Over what? ‘A little bit of money’

April 21, 2021

What did we learn? That  passing counterfeit money is not a crime. Maybe a misdemeanor but nothing that the police should/would bother themselves over.

That twice a lethal dose of Fentanyl with assorted accessory drugs on board a man dying means nothing.

That  substantial heart disease including a 90 percent blockage could not have played a roll.

That the police officer charged named Derek Chauven never was offered a defense. At most a forensic pathologist. The Medical Examiner who actually was a defense witness in truth. The prosecutor who brought in outside forensic pathologists to discount their own Medical Examiner.

The dream team prosecutors were not from the prosecutor’s office but outside attorneys offering their services pro-bono with what appears to have been unlimited support resources. All save one who played a bit part so was reported.

Chauvin Case Takes Ugly Turn – Maryland DA to Investigate Defense Medical Examiner

A chilling turn is taking place with the Chauvin Murder Trial. A witness for the defense will have the full weight of the Maryland Attorney General’s office bear down to attempt to crush him. They are attempting to discredit him, dishonor him so that there will be few future defense witnesses willing to offer testimony in unpopular cases? For the remaining police officers involved in the Derek Chauvin case, the message is clear. Defense witnesses will be few and far between.

Even worse we learn 431 Doctors from around the country chimed in to the AG… “conclusions were outside the bounds of accepted forensic practice and all of his previous work should be questioned.” Really? Did they watch the full trial? Did they read the autopsy and read the testimony at trial? I did.

DOJ planned on arresting Chauvin and others immediately even if acquitted

April 30, 2021

Whatever happened to double jeopardy? And now they will put Chauvin through another trial? No doubt the Feds will make sure he gets a “hanging judge.”  One thing is for sure, no one will be willing to be a defense witness. That is the lesson that the government is giving.

The very basis of a murder trial is to present rebuttal to the charges. How many times have we seen opposing Forensic Pathologists duel it out… famous ones at that and highly paid.

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Cheney vows to finish off Trump and save the GOP as she walks out the door

 

For Liz there just isn’t enough hate for Orange Man is there? Just wondering what her game plan is. She and her Pop have to know this is a road to nowhere for her. She will be lucky to survive Wyoming’s next election.  Newt Gingrich has said she and her dad are politically astute. There has to be a plan.

So what is your take?

 

Whitmer threatens profit seizure if pipeline stays operating

Just after hearing for the first time yesterday from our new energy maven, we get the news that Michigan’s Governor Whitmer has even a more diabolical move afoot. The very time we are in an “energy crunch” not a “shortage,” this nitwit does this. Sheer madness. First let me introduce you to Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer threatened Tuesday to go after Enbridge’s profits from a Great Lakes oil pipeline if the company defies her order to shut it down.

The Democratic governor issued the warning in a letter to the Canadian energy transport company on the eve of a state-imposed deadline to halt operation of Line 5, which moves oil through northern Wisconsin and Michigan to refineries in Ontario. Enbridge repeated its intention to defy Whitmer’s demand.

Terrifying

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A nearly 4-mile-long (6.4-kilometer-long) section of Line 5 divides into two pipes that cross the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac, which connects Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.

Whitmer, backed by environmentalists and native tribes, says the segment is vulnerable to a catastrophic spill in the cold, swirling channel. She revoked an easement last November that Michigan had granted in 1953 for the pipes to occupy the lake bottom and ordered them closed by May 12.

Enbridge insists the segment is in good condition and says its loss would cause economic damage in both countries, a position shared by the Canadian government, which filed a legal brief Tuesday in support of the company.

In her letter to Vern Yu, Enbridge’s executive vice president for liquids pipelines, Whitmer said continued operation of the line after Wednesday “constitutes an intentional trespass” and that the company would do so “at its own risk.”

“If the state prevails in the underlying litigation, Enbridge will face the prospect of having to disgorge to the state all profits it derives from its wrongful use of the easement lands following that date,” Whitmer said. 

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From our latest savant: “If you were driving an electric car this would not being effecting you.”  Let’s see those big tractor trailers which brings to us most of everything make out. 

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Hunter Biden called business associate ‘the chief spy of China’

 

 

Daily Mail online senior reporter Josh Boswell, who first reported on the messages, reacts to Hunter Biden’s latest alleged connection to China on ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight.

Sounds like Hunter had his own version of Fang Fang. Can you imagine how much he would tell her if she hid his crack pipe.

 ‘Your doggy chain necklace is waiting for you.’ Flirty messages from Hunter Biden’s Chinese-American secretary, 29, who worked for him when he partnered with the ‘spy chief of China’ are revealed

Hunter Biden‘s emails reveal his close relationship with the Chinese-American secretary who worked for him when he went into business with the man he called the ‘spy chief of China.’ 

The mysterious young assistant wrote the president’s son flirty messages, sent him opposition research for Joe’s White House run and encouraged him to draw funds from the company’s accounts when the joint venture collapsed and even ended up with Hunter’s military dog tags. 

……..Hunter and Joe Biden’s brother Jim partnered with CEFC in 2017, in a deal that was meant to generate billions of dollars and create a string of oil and gas projects in the Middle East and Europe.

But the joint venture collapsed the following year when CEFC’s secretary general Patrick Ho was arrested and later convicted of bribery in a US federal prosecution.

Ho was suspected of working with the Chinese intelligence services, and had been monitored by federal law enforcement under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, court documents revealed.

 

So many have a copy of Hunter’s laptop, so few are willing to give the contents a dump for all America to see. Getting old with all of these little teasers. Rudy we know has it, the government has it, the DOJ, CIA and anyone who is anyone.

Yet Pop is the President.

A good read at the Daily Mail. Read more

 

 

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National Border Patrol Council Endorses Elise Stefanik – She Voted Against Wall Funding

Only problem with the National Border Patrol Council endorsing Stefanik replacing Liz Cheney is that she has voted against building the wall. She co-sponsored an amnesty bill. One would think that a quick look at her voting record would make that clear.  She’s not America First, just so we’re clear.  Last week I posted Stefanik as the Trojan Horse including her less than stellar background. A Paul Ryan protege. I stand by the post below:

From her own website: Stefanik.House.Gov

ICYMI: PUTTING THE NATION FIRST: STEFANIK VOTES TO BLOCK TRUMP’S NATIONAL EMERGENCY DECLARATION

March 4, 2019 
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – In case you missed it, the Watertown Daily Times’ Sunday editorial focused on Congresswoman Stefanik’s disapproval vote of the President’s national emergency declaration and her independent judgement, regardless of which party occupies the White House.

Putting the nation first: Stefanik votes to block Trump’s national emergency declaration
Watertown Daily Times
March 3, 2019

“Being a loyal member of the GOP on Capitol Hill doesn’t mean you always have to agree with the president.

“U.S. Rep. Elise M. Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, demonstrated that Tuesday by officially disapproving of a recently enacted national emergency. She joined 244 of her colleagues in voting for a resolution to block President Donald Trump’s decision to bypass Congress in constructing a wall on our border with Mexico.

Ms. Stefanik distinguished herself by being the only Republican from New York to support Tuesday’s resolution. This shows her independent judgment and consistency in upholding the principle of limited government.

“There are better ways to secure our border, and Ms. Stefanik has discussed these options. She has shown the value of her leadership in Congress by acting in the nation’s best interest rather than merely toeing a party line.”

STEFANIK SIGNS DACA DISCHARGE PETITION

May 9, 2018 
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) crossed party lines to sign a discharge petition to force a series of floor votes on four DACA, immigration and border security bills. If the petition, led by Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL-26), receives 218 signatures, it will force a vote on H. Res. 774 that Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA-10) introduced in March, to allow Members to debate the issue on the House floor under the “queen of the hill” rule. According to the rule, whichever proposal receives the most votes and meets the mandatory majority-vote threshold would be adopted.

She co-sponsored the Big Tech green card giveaway known as the “Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act” Signed a letter asking Trump to continue importing foreign workers when tens of millions of Americans were unemployed during the pandemic stefanik.house.gov/media-center/p

She also supported the Paris Climate Accords stefanik.house.gov/media-center/p

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Here tis believe it or not:

Breitbart:

The National Border Patrol Council is endorsing Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) to replace Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) as the new House GOP conference chair, assuming Cheney goes down next week.“

“As President Biden’s policies continue to create the worst surge in illegal immigration in our history, it is more important than ever for our leaders to share a unified message in Congress on the importance of border security,” Brandon Judd, the president of the National Border Patrol Council, said in a statement obtained exclusively by Breitbart News ahead of its public release.

Judd adds Stefanik’s “efforts both legislatively and behind the scenes” have helped keep “illegal drugs and dangerous criminals from flooding our communities.” He continues:

Representative Stefanik supports funds to build the wall, technology to augment the Border Patrol’s capabilities, and more resources for the men and women on the front lines. I am truly grateful to say in the strongest possible terms that Elise opposes policies that have been so dangerous for our communities such as sanctuary cities, licenses for illegal immigrants, and public assistance for those who chose to violate our immigration laws (the magnets that draw people and encourage them to cross our borders illegally).

She also opposes amnesty for those whose very first act in coming to the U.S. was to knowingly and willingly cross our borders illegally. Representative Stefanik has been a true border security champion.

Red State does a great round up as well of her anti-Trump platform votes.

Red State:

For instance, she voted against President Trump’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. I suspect the reason was the limiting of the State and Local Tax deduction that places like New York had used to build a massive public workforce while making the rest of us pay for it, but still it was a vote against President Trump on his signature legislation and a vote for the Blue State plutocracy.

While voting to keep the progeny of New York politicians fully employed, she co-sponsored the amnesty-lite USA Act (this was one of those “let’s pass an amnesty bill today in return for really, really tough border security in the future” bills). Lest you think this was some humanitarian act and not acting like a Chamber of Commerce open-borders sock puppet, look at the rest of her record. She voted against funding the border wall; she voted to end Trump’s emergency declaration that served as a justification to divert federal funds to the construction of the border wall. She also voted to override President Trump’s funding of the wall.

While voting against tax cuts and weakening immigration controls, she also opposed the Trump administration’s fight against Obamacare. She voted to continue to permit the military to accept transsexual recruits in the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act…a bill that also embedded Critical Race Theory into the military via the creation of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity offices in the Pentagon and subordinate headquarters. When President Trump vetoed the bill, she voted with the Democrats to override the veto.

She voted for the so-called Equality Act that strips churches and religious groups of the ability to refuse to hire people living a lifestyle that conflicts with their beliefs. She voted against her own caucus to support a DC abortion law that, in the words of Heritage’s Ryan Anderson:

“could force employers in the nation’s capital to cover elective, surgical abortions in their health plans and require pro-life organizations to hire individuals who advocate for abortion.”

Lest you think this is an anomaly, it isn’t. In 2015, she cast the same vote on the same issue.

I think it is safe to say that Stefanik’s popularity and profile are due solely to her high profile fights with fat George Conway, formerly one of the main grifters with the North American Man-Boy Lincoln Association, and Adam “Pencil Neck” Schiff, and her defense of President Trump during the bizarre January “impeachment” debacle.

Can’t we do better? Insist on it.  One of her responsibilities is that she will be recruiting women to run for congress. Just what we need. More Rinos.

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Sunday Respite – Mothers Day

 

Today can be a difficult day for many. A day we honor Mothers. Many of us have lost our Mothers. There are those who have had complicated relationships. Add that to a difficult year and the day can be a challenge. I add a few words from Eckhart Tolle for your consideration.

Today’s Sunday Respite is one of my favorites, AVE MARIA by Leo Rojas – SOUL BIRD.  Beautiful photography. Wishing everyone a wonderful day. I suggest watching this in full screen.

May be an image of 1 person and text that says '"Many people who are going through the early stages of the awakening process are no longer certain what their outer purpose is. What drives the world no longer drives them. Seeing the madness of our civilization so clearly, they feel somewhat alienated from the culture around them. Some feel that they inhabit a no-man's-land between two worlds. They are no onger run by the ego, yet the arising awareness has not yet become fully integrated into their lives. Inner and outer purpose have not merged." ~ECKHART TOLLE'

 

AVE MARIA by Leo Rojas – SOUL BIRD.

Wishing everyone a wonderful day with much Peace.

 

Thanks to Pirate Cove for the linky….wander over Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup » Pirate’s Cove

Saturday’s Passel of Potpourri

 

 

Let’s see what mischief our fellow earthlings have gotten themselves into this week. It’s Saturday and time for a break and maybe a smile or two.

Animals rule this week.

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White Liberals Watch In Amazement As Black Man Acquires ID

 

Babylon Bee

 

 

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Beware: The Trojan Horse Elise Stefanik looking to replace Liz Cheney in GOP leadership

 

Just who in the world is Elise Stefanik? We hear the drumbeat…..Liz Cheney must go…. and now the plan is hatched for her replacement. We keep being told and hearing that she is a favorite of the Tea Party? Really? Which Tea Party? Other than a few hearings where Stefanik supposedly made her bones we know zero about her. I wasn’t overwhelmed. The young new face. Is that what we want in a top leadership position? A Paul Ryan creation? How does one become, in her words, “a big tent conservative?” So let’s take a look. Her voting record turns out to be a whole lot like her “big tent” idea and not so conservative. She hasn’t been in Congress long so this won’t take much time. What caught my eye was her voting record.

 

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Elise Stefanik

 

Elise Stefanik, GOP conference chair favorite, voted with Trump less than Liz Cheney

 

Rep. Elise Stefanik, the favorite to replace Rep. Liz Cheney as the House GOP conference chair, voted with former President Donald Trump less than Cheney and has lower voting scores from top conservative organizations. 

According to a tool on the FiveThirtyEight website on “Tracking Congress In The Age Of Trump,” Cheney, R-Wyo., voted with Trump 92.9% of the time compared to 77.7% for Stefanik, R-N.Y.

The conservative group Heritage Action, meanwhile, gave Cheney a 91% score compared to just 56% for Stefanik during the most recent Congress. And the American Conservative Union, which hosted the extraordinarily pro-Trump Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) earlier this year, gives Cheney a 78% rating compared to just 44% for Stefanik. 

 

First a look when she was first running for Congress May 20, 2014, NY21: Is Elise Stefanik a fresh new voice or a carpetbagger?

Republicans Matt Doheny and Elise Stefanik have been locked in an expensive and sometimes bitter matchup that’s involved accusations of carpetbagging and dishonesty.

Martha Foley’s conversation about Elise Stefanik’s life story, her background, and her political ideas (read more about Stefanik’s political writing here.)

In the years since, Stefanik, now just 29, has worked hard to advance the policies and ideas of other Republican politicians, serving most notably under George W. Bush and Paul Ryan.

But there’s no evidence in the essays readily available online that she was particularly ideological, though she’s now favored by many Tea Party and Conservative activists. When former Democratic Governor Jeanne Shaheen, now the U.S. Senator from New Hampshire, was named to head the Institute of Politics, Stefanik praised the choice. “I think it’s very helpful to attract new women to leadership positions if you have a female director,” Stefanik told a Crimson reporter.

Stefanik also co-authored an essay with Shaheen urging college students, men as well as women, to become more engaged in politics following the Hurricane Katrina disaster. The essay raised pointed questions about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in 2000, which “decided the outcome of a presidential race”

Stefanik moved to her parents’ seasonal home in Willsboro after leaving Paul Ryan’s 2012 vice presidential campaign. In the months since, she has described herself as a “big tent” conservative, with a center-right political brand. That may do well in the moderate North Country. Democrats and some Conservatives have tried to paint her as more ideological, more of a true “movement” or “tea party” candidate.

But as Stefanik continues to find her own voice on the campaign trail, these writings seem to hint at more centrist, moderate and even bipartisan instincts.

Stefanik is 29 years old, single with no kids. She’s a Harvard graduate and until last year, she spent much of her time in Washington, D.C., where she still owns a part-share in a home. 

Her main argument in the campaign so far has been that she’s a really new voice, a younger candidate with fresh ideas, that’s a notion she’s played up in her campaign advertisements.

Why has the GOP supported her so strongly in this race, over Matt Doheny? I mean, she’s a newcomer, he’s been around for years.

A conservative campaign for a bipartisan candidate?

One thing that’s interesting about Stefanik is that over the years she’s shown a much stronger bipartisan streak than you often see in modern Republican politics.  Stefanik even co-wrote an article with Shaheen.

Her Street cred:

Washington Post

Trump and many of his allies have rallied around Stefanik to succeed Cheney as chair of the House GOP Conference after the Wyoming Republican made clear she would continue to publicly challenge Trump’s false claims about the election and place blame on him for the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by his supporters.

Appearing on Bannon’s show less than a week before Republicans are expected to vote Cheney out, Stefanik sought to cement her place in leadership by giving credence to unfounded theories about election fraud, including in Arizona.

I picked out some of the times she opposed Trump with her votes. 

A great place to check out your Congressman or Woman.

Tracking Congress In The Age Of Trump

An updating tally of how often every member of the House and the Senate votes with or against the president.

Check our her record at FiveThirtyEight.

Favors Import-Export Bank

Opposed Trump removing the troops from Syria

Voted to overturn Trumps emergency declaration of Border wall fencing

Voted to ban drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico

Voted to block Trump from exiting the Paris Climate Change agreement

Voted to condemn Trump from calling on courts to invalidate Obamacare – Affordable Care Act

Voted yes toOverriding President Trump’s veto of a bill that overturned his emergency declaration for border wall funding (248-181)

Voted yes Overturning President Trump’s emergency declaration for border wall funding (245-182)

Voted yes Funding the Department of Homeland Security through Feb. 28, without money for a border wall (231-180)

Vote yes Disapproving of the Trump administration’s plan to lift sanctions on three Russian companies (362-53)

voted no Making permanent the individual tax reductions passed in 2017 (220-191)

Voted no Limiting the ability of officials to search and read private messages collected incidentally as part of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (183-233)

Voted no Overhauling the tax code (final version) (224-201)

Voted no Delaying implementation of ozone standards (229-199)

Voted no Repeal of an FCC rule barring internet providers from sharing data on customers’ activities (215-205)

Voted no Repeal of a rule requiring energy companies to reduce waste and emissions (221-191)

 

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A Man Reaps What He Sows

 

A Man Reaps What He Sows

by Mustang

Paul lectured us that the grace of God does not eliminate the principles of choice and consequence.  Every decision we make produces a peculiar result.  Some of these we can easily anticipate, if we exercise even a modicum of common sense — others are a bit more deceiving and, often, their consequences more severe.  The key to this is not lying to ourselves — particularly if we think that God will somehow excuse us from making poor choices.  If we think that, then we mock God, and this is a serious sin.

 

What we do in this life matters.  What we say matters.  The seeds we plant matters.  So, the question is, in matters of American democracy, what seeds have we planted?  We have planted the seeds of corruption.

 

Corruption is a complex topic; what makes it so is that corruption is often deeply rooted in our culture.  We see this in our political behaviors, and we see it in our “societal norms.”  The complexity of the topic may result from the fact that corrupt practices are difficult to quantify, and this is true because — in our multi-cultural society, corrupt practices vary from one ethnicity to another and from one region of the nation to another.  For example, if corrupt practices benefit us directly, we might assume that because they are beneficial, they are not evil.  If you don’t believe this, it is okay with me, but if you want to validate what I’ve said, just ask any Roman.

 

Corruption is destroying the American Republic.  The level of our corruption increases every year, and we are all so used to it that we give the problem very little consideration.  But make no mistake — if you think our government is corrupt, then you must be evil as well because it was you who helped shape that government.

This US Government Is The Most Corrupt In History | Mondialisation.ca

 

How bad is corruption in the United States?  To answer that question, one must consider its results.  Ask yourself about your well-being, how satisfied you are with life, how much you trust our government’s decision-makers, how much faith you have in our “hallowed” institutions.  What is the impact of corruption on our social development, economic growth, our quest for an egalitarian society?  If the question seems too broad, consider the effects of corruption on our political behavior. 

Why do we countenance a legal system that grants favoritism to the wealthy and influential — on drug use, for example — and a different standard to the poor black man guilty of the same illegal behavior as Hunter Biden?  One escapes official notice, even though the illicit behavior is well known, and one goes into prison for years.  Is this an example of an egalitarian society, or its opposite?  How do any of us justify it?  And, if we cannot abide by this blatant example of corruption, why do we allow it to continue?  How are we, a generally Christian society, able to ignore the crime of high-ranking politicians (McConnell, Pelosi, Schumer, McCarthy) and demand an accounting for the burglar or car thief?  It is the same behavior.  One generally accepted, one not.  Why?

 

If I’m wrong about this, please weigh in.  Tell me, where am I wrong?  How are modern Americans any different from ancient Romans, or how do we imagine that our society is in any way superior to that of the victims of Soviet society?

 

A final question: Why are we angered when we catch high-ranking officials stealing (John Kerry, for example, trying to avoid paying taxes on his yacht) yet continue to countenance his participation in the highest tiers of government?  Let’s not look away from the corrupt men who keep appointing men like Kerry, either.  How did Joe Biden, given all that we know about him in his public life, ever become President of the United States?  It wasn’t because Joe Biden is corrupt —  it was because WE are corrupt.

 

Mustang also blogs at Fix Bayonets and Thoughts From Afar

 

Companies are more than happy to monitor Conservatives for the government

Our fellow citizens are more than happy to lend a hand in rooting out all things Conservative. Glen Greenwald sets the record straight on what  the publication “The Intercept” is in the process of doing apparently for the government. Why else? Sifting through Gab they claim is a “far-right social network.” This after we learn what Biden is “mulling” doing.

Biden admin mulls partnering with private firms to monitor extremists

The Biden administration is reportedly considering contracting outside firms to track ​”extremist” chatter online in order to circumvent legal restrictions on the surveillance power of federal agencies like the Department of Homeland Security.

To get around restrictions, the federal government is reportedly weighing enlisting outside entities that can legally encounter these groups and gather information.

Working with these companies would allow the DHS to better analyze trends and provide more real-time information for its use and for the FBI, which also is unable to surveil US citizens without first getting a warrant or proving some overarching justification like a previous investigation.

The CIA and the National Security Agency are under similar restrictions.

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Proud Boys

Glenn Greenwald is one of the three co-founding editors of The Intercept. He was pushed out of The Intercept in October 2020 over the direction it was taking. He posted the tweet below and it’s worthy of making a note.

The Intercept is more than happy to pitch in apparently.

And how is this different than Wikileaks? Hacking US government is fine, but hacking right wing extremists is repulsive?

Tweet:

Glen Greenwald:

This is repulsive. The Intercept was founded during the Snowden story to defend privacy rights & oppose the security state. Now, the liberal DNC hacks who “edit” it are boasting they got personal data from Gab users & are sorting through it, doing FBI’s work to find “extremists.”

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Other than that all is well in the swamp.

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