The Freddie Gray Case, Update 37.1: The Mosby-Caused Disaster, Part I

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Today’s digital edition of the Baltimore Sun announced the 31st murder in July alone. It was an appropriate backdrop for what was to follow.

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courtesy of: ackbarsays

Earlier today, the day set for motions in the trial of Officer Garrett Miller, Baltimore Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby announced she was dropping all charges against Miller, Sgt. Alicia White, and Officer William Porter, who was to be retried after a hung jury and mistrial in his first trial. The persecution of the officers in the criminal justice system is over, but the damage done to the relationship between prosecutors and the police, the community and the nation, was actually worsened by the unprofessional and juvenile comments of Mosby as she held a news conference in front of a mural painted on the side of a building in the Baltimore neighborhood where Freddie Gray lived and sold drugs. WBAL, which has consistently had the best and most balanced coverage, reports:

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Watcher’s Council Nominations For 07-27-16

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The School of Athens by Raphael

The School of Athens by Raphael

How sweet it’s going to be!

Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere, and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council.Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.

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Council News:

Stay tuned for an important announcement regarding big changes in the Watcher’s Council!

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James Muir: Ave Atque Vale

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072716If any of you, gentle readers, do not have Day By Day Cartoon on your daily “to visit” list, by all means, immediately correct that serious oversight. Chris Muir is a true patriot, a man who, through brilliant satire, irony and metaphor fights for the Constitution and the rule of law. He also patronizes this scruffy little blog and kindly allows me to share his strips with you from time to time.

And now it is our turn to be supportive of him in another way. It is appointed unto men once to die. His father died yesterday. Please keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers as the cycle of life plays out, as it inevitably will for us all.  Requiascat in pacem, James.

The Freddie Gray Case, Update #37: PROSECUTIONS OVER; Mosby-Caused Disaster Continues

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Marilyn Mosby no longer quite so certain about getting "justice for Freddie Gray."

Marilyn Mosby no longer quite so certain about getting “justice for Freddie Gray.”

Earlier today, the day set for motions in the trial of Officer Garrett Miller, Baltimore Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby announced she was dropping all charges against Miller, Sgt. Alicia White, and Officer William Porter, who was to be retried after a mistrial in his first trial.

Please return later today for additional information. This case, and the consequences emanating from it, are far from over.

The Democrats Did WHAT?!

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Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake credit: abcnews

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
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Watching the Democrats, and their train wreck of a convention, a few thoughts come to mind:

The Democrat Party truly is a criminal enterprise masquerading as a political party, and those willingly participating in it, actors in a continuing criminal conspiracy.

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credit: abcnews

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Dallas: An Explosive Use Of Police Force

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Police use of force is very much in the news these days. On one hand, Social Justice warriors and Democrat politicians (yes; I know I repeat myself) argue that virtually any use of force against favored victim groups–these days, primarily young black males–is not only illegitimate, but inherently racist and criminal. On the other, most people haven’t a clue about the legal issues revolving around the use of deadly force.

The social justice cry is particularly loud when the criminal was not carrying a gun. In such cases, the Michael Brown case being an obvious contemporary example, the cry “unarmed black man” reverberates throughout the media and blogosphere as though those three words say all that need be said, and unquestionably prove any and everything Black Lives Matter cracktivists assert.

In reality, a criminal relying only on his hands and feet can present a deadly threat, a threat justifying an entirely lawful lethal response, whether done by any member of the public or a police officer. This was exactly the case with Michael Brown. It was also the case with Trayvon Martin. Both are continually cited as unarmed, black, holy social justice martyrs, despite the fact that both criminals died while under the influence of drugs, in the act of trying to kill others–classic cases of self-defense–and no police officers were involved in Martin’s death.

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Those wishing to explore the “unarmed” issue in more depth might visit an August, 2015 article: Police Shoot Unarmed Man.

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Watcher’s Council Forum For 07-25-16

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The Forum, Rome, Italy
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Every week on Monday, the Council, members of the Watcher’s Council Community and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question: What Was Your Reaction To Trump’s Acceptance Speech?

NOTE: The order of articles is dependent on when they were submitted.  I happened to be first this week.

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credit: nationalreviewonline

Stately McDaniel Manor: Donald Trump’s Convention acceptance speech embodied everything I like about him, and everything I fear could easily derail his campaign and allow Hillary Clinton, the most hateful, angry and corrupt harridan imaginable, to seize the White House at a time when the Supreme Court, and the future of Western Civilization are up for grabs.

I suspect Trump’s popularity comes from his willingness to say, loudly and even a little crudely and clumsily, what so many Americans think and feel. There is no politically correct filter there. He is a self-made man, a genuine American success story, and he does get things done when others can’t. His deal-making skills may be of great value, as might his stubbornness and self-assurance.

But what scares me more than a little are the same things, and more. His speech was ridiculously long. People inexperienced in public speaking often try to throw everything into every speech as though it’s the only chance they’ll ever get. Some just love the sound of their own voice, even though they, like Trump, tend to endlessly repeat themselves, and fill their speeches with verbal fillers, particularly when they speak without notes or a teleprompter.

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Wheeling And Not Dealing

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Screen Shot 2016-07-23 at 5.46.37 PMI like Aerospoke wheels. I really like them. In fact, I like them so much I bought seven over the years, six in the last five years alone. And I tried to buy four more. I really, really tried, but Aerospoke did its best to keep me from buying those wheels, and finally, they succeeded. I gave up.

Does this sound odd? Companies that manufacture a specialty product normally want people to buy it. In fact, a repeat customer would normally be considered a good customer, a customer deserving of the kind of professional, earnest attention that will not only keep them coming back, but will cause them to encourage others to buy that specialty product. That’s just good business, isn’t it? That’s how any business stays in business and grows: by selling enough products to make a profit.

My beloved Lightning P-38

My beloved Lightning P-38

Throughout this little missive, you’ll see the wheels I bought over the years. The first was for my P-38, the first recumbent I ever owned. I wanted a front wheel too, but Aerospoke has never made a 16” wheel. Oh well.

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Movie Review: Star Trek Beyond (2016)

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Screen Shot 2016-07-22 at 7.42.47 PMStar Trek Beyond (2016)

Director: Justin Lin

Screenwriters: Simon Pegg, Doug Jung, Roberto Orci, Patrick McKay, John D. Payne

Cast:

Chris Pine: Captain James T Kirk

Zachary Quinto: Spock

Karl Urban: Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy

Zoe Saldana: Lt. Uhura

Simon Pegg: Scotty

John Cho: Sulu

Anton Yelchin: Chekov

Sophia Boutella: Jaylah

Idris Elba: Krall

It is striking to realize that the original Star Trek series, dubbed by Gene Roddenberry, its creator, as “Wagon Train To The Stars,” first aired on television on September 8, 1966. I watched it, and have been a fan, with varying degrees of devotion, since. I’ve enjoyed parts of all five Star Trek series–the Original, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager (my least favorite of the five) and Enterprise. While I watch relatively little network television, I am looking forward to seeing what becomes of the newest iteration of the Star Trek franchise, due in the fall of 2016.

Bit of Interesting Trivia: The first interracial kiss on television was passed between Captain Kirk and Lt. Uhura. They were being forced by a malevolent entity, so it squeaked by.

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Icy Irony

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The ship, viewed from ice that shouldn't exist...

The ship, viewed from ice that shouldn’t exist…

It was Amelia Earhart who said “adventure is worthwhile in itself.”  Back in January of 2014, I posted “Icebreaker Irony,” the delightful–and ironically ironic–tale of…well, see for yourself (it’s worth taking the link and reading the whole thing; you just can’t make this stuff up):

Every now and again, a story comes along so filled with ironic goodness that I spend days chuckling whenever I think of it, and particularly, whenever I think of the intellectual energy the smug, effete, intellectual twits involved expended to deny and spin the obvious.  In this case, the intellectual firepower involved surely is of the refrigerator bulb wattage variety.

You’ve heard of the ship stuck in the Antarctic–the MV Akademik Schokalskiy–and the unsuccessful attempts of Chinese and French icebreakers to reach her?  What a tragedy…but hey, what was that ship doing so far out in the Antarctic this time of year anyway?  Are you ready for this?  Sit down…

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Cleveland: Police Oppress Special Snowflakes

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In these troubled times, Americans regularly find the berserk cracktivists of the social justice persuasion coming into conflict with–well, with reason and rationality. The utterly unobjectionable causes special snowflakes, the perpetually aggrieved, to alternately wilt like a flower in a microwave oven, to threaten anyone and everyone, and to go into violent, uncontrollable rages.

That, of course, is why the police, and not just Cleveland police, are present in Cleveland, site of the 2016 Republican National Convention. Heat Street reports: 

Students at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland were so traumatized by the prospect of sharing their campus with armed police officers during the Republican National Convention next week that the university has opted instead to essentially shut down for the week.

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Racial Equity In The Twin Cities

Former St. Paul Superintendent Valeria Silva credit: gregcopeland911.wordpress.com

Former St. Paul Superintendent Valeria Silva
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For the last two weeks, I resurrected two previous articles–Race-Based School Discipline: The Movement Continues and Race-Based School Discipline Finds Fertile Ground In Minnesota–with a purpose in mind. Across the nation, school is beginning within the next month, and many Americans aren’t aware of the damage the Obama Departments of Justice and Education, and willing superintendents of schools have gleefully wrought.

Suffer the little women to come unto me--for photo op. credit: www.startribune.com

Suffer the little women to come unto me–for photo op.
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A quick review: At the urging, and with the collaboration of the DOJ, first under Eric Holder, and now under Loretta Lynch, a number of school districts, most in large, urban areas long under Democrat control, have immunized Black and Hispanic students from consequences for misbehavior, and even felony crimes, in schools. Why would anyone want to do that? It’s a logical consequence of the social justice mindset.

In each of these schools, it is a fact that black students, and to a lesser degree Hispanic students, are disciplined and suspended in numbers far out of proportion to their numbers in the school population. These statistics gave the Obamites, and their supporters in education, a perfect opportunity to cry “racism!”, pander to those minorities, and exercise federal control, with the very willing help of local Superintendents, over local education.

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