“White men defending their community”? Not so much.

An off-topic comment by The Lab Manager on a completely unrelated post by Peter Grant caught my eye this morning.

In other news, three awesome White men defending their community against a black criminal got life in prison for defending their community and for being White. It’s an anti-White justice system. It is sickening that those on the right are okay with this.

He’s referring to the sentencing of Ahmaud Arbery’s murderers. And he’s full of shit. The folks who think Arbery was caught in the commission of a crime, and that the McMichaels and Bryan were righteous angels, seem to me to fall into one of three — sometimes overlapping — categories.

1. Racists who assume Arbery got what he deserved because he’s Black.

2. Clueless people who haven’t reviewed the evidence, and watched at most a snippet of video, and get their “news” from Category 1 sources.

3. Those who do not understand law.

I won’t deign to guess into which category our pointy-haired manager falls.

This case was local to me, so I paid it close attention. I’ve written a lot about the case; you can read those link for the detailed analysis which I won’t repeat here. I’ll just summarize.

Arbery’s killers broke the living shit out of Georgia’s [then] “citizen’s arrest” law. The law required knowledge of the comission of a specific crime, not mere suspicion.

Arbery’s killers never even invoked citizen’s arrest until after the second crooked prosecutor invented it for them months later. And then changed their stories as to what crime(s) they suspected.

Arbery’s killers attempted to present “evidence” of Arbery’s criminal past, which the judge properly disallowed because at the time of the killing the perps did not know who Arbery was or his alleged past; thus, it had no bearing on their actions that day.

Arbery’s criminal past — again, which the McMichaels and Bryan didn’t know — included a conviction for firearm possession on school property* some years before, and allegations of shoplifting which led to no arrests much less convictions. His history included no burglary claims.

Arbery’s actions — entering a house under construction and leaving — were duplicated many times by White people (recorded on surveillance video), yet the McMichaels and Bryan never pursued and killed the Whites.

The owner of the house under construction is on public record stating that nothing was stolen. By anyone.

Arbery had never even been given a trespass citation, so under Georgia’s trespass law, even entering the construction site was not a crime in itself. By him or the many Whites who did the same thing.

Even the commonly seen claim that Arbery attacked Travis McMichael is disproven by the last moments of the video showing Arbery attempting to evade McMichael and Travis moving to intercept him.

The McMichaels’ and Bryan’s guilt was obvious to anyone who objectively reviewed the evidence: video, police reports, witness statements, court filings, and more. Sentencing, though, is a little trickier. If I’d been doing the sentencing, I’m not sure I’d have gone quite the same way.

These idiots are clearly a danger to the community if left on the loose. Prison time is called for. But life without parole also sentences Georgia taxpayers to paying for these scumbags’ upkeep for the rest of their lives.**

In the case of Travis McMichael, even though he actually pulled the trigger, he’s a young punk. It’s possible he could learn better, and cease to be a community threat.

Greg McMichael not only is old enough to kknow better, but he was former law enforcement*** and damned well should have known better. I just might have sentenced him harder than his trigger-pulling son. His son, after all, could have been following the lead of his father who he expected to be familiar with the law. Maybe.

Bryan… probably got about the right sentence. His actions that days were as culpable as Greg McMichael, but he may not have had the same expected level of knowledge. The potential for parole seems appropriate.

All in all, I’m glad I wasn’t the one who had to decide on the specific sentences.

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* Someone even more familiar than I with that school said that unarmed students are probably the exception.

** In the case of McMichael the elder particularly, that may be short. He is a former law enforcement officer, who helped put other criminals behind bars and killed an unarmed Black. He’ll probably have to be kept in a segregated population.

*** “Former law enforcement” is another bucket of worms. McMichael lost his POST certification twice yet continued unlawfully working as law enforcement. When this was revealed, defense attorneys gleefully chortled and rubbed their hands in anticipation of possible conviction reversals in all the cases McMichael had tainted with his unlawful participation. That fallout is still raining down.


Court REJECTS FDA Request to Release Vaccine FOIA Documents Over the Next 55 Years – Orders Agency to Turn Over Tens of Thousands of Pfizer Docs Monthly
On Thursday, a Federal Judge “soundly” rejected the FDA’s panicked request for permission to produce hundreds of thousands of documents related to Pfizer and the Covid vaccines at a rate of 500 pages per month after the agency was ordered to comply with a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request last month.

The FDA’s unbelievable request would have allowed them to take an unbelievable 55 years to produce all of the documents.

This stonewalling made it clear that one of two things happened.

Either the FDA needed 55 years to completely review the Pfizer emergency authorization (and subsequent approval), raising the question of “How in hell they first reviewed it in a three months and issued an authorization;” or…

They knew from the beginning, pre-authorization, that the pseudo-vax had extremely serious problems, authorized it anyway for whatever — bribe-related; who knows? — reason, and are trying to hide the fact now until the potentially guilty are long gone and beyond punishment.

Consider authorization vs. approval:

Emergency use authorization is only allowed for unapproved experimental preparations/procedures when there is a desperate need for, and there is no approved treatment available. EUA protects the manufacturer from — essentially — any liability because it can only be used voluntarily by someone with informed consent who understands that it is experimental and it’s at their own risk. The Pfizer-BioNTech pseudo-vax is EUA.

Approval comes after the pseudo-vax has supposedly been found to be effective and safe. Approved vaccines still come with hefty liability protections for the manufacturer. But if the manufacturer did something wrong it can still be sued for adverse effects.

When the FDA approved Comirnaty, it did something unprecedented: It approved one version of the pseudo-vax, declared it medically the same as the EUA Pfizer-BioNTech, but continued the EUA even though EUAs are supposed to go away when something gets approved. Have your cake and eat it, too, Pfizer.

Except Pfizer isn’t shipping approved Comirnaty in the US. It’s still shipping the legally different — completely liability protected — EUA version. And neither Pfizer nor the FDA want anyone to see all the data on the pseudo-vaccines for 55 years.

I expect I’d be dead by then. Likely you will, too. Along with the Pfizer and FDA execs.

My guess is that the docs the FDA is fighting to withhold, until no one can be held accountable, will show Pfizer — and FDA — wrongdoing of exactly the sort that would allow lawsuits to proceed under standard vaccine law. The FOIA stall appears to be simple CYA.

And that’s why Pfizer is only shipping the EUA pseudo-vax, and the FDA “inexplicably” allowed it to continue. Under the EUA, Pfizer remains bullet-proof, lawsuit-wise.

I wonder if they think they’re bullet bullet-proof.

A few predictions:

The initial batch of 12,000 pages will be carefully chosen to be innocuous.

The next batches will be as innocuously chosen as the FDA can manage.

As page releases go on, the data will be increasingly less innocuous, but also increasingly redacted.

The most incriminating pages will be last released, and most redacted.

We’re facing years of additional court hearings over the continual redactions.

Pfizer — and FDA — execs might still pass away before full accountability. In court.

Let’s Try A Little Consistency “For The People”

Depending on what media outlets you follow, the the Senate filibuster will fall meaning the DimocRats’ federal For The People voter fraud act will “pass” (you no longer need to vote; the Dims will do that for you); or the filibuster is safe, and states will still set their own election rules as directed by the Constitution.

If there are any remaining Constitutionalist Senators (not mine, who got elected through the very unlawful process that the Dims want to enshrine nationally), I suggest some FTP amendments should it look at if it’s going to a vote.

If: No voter ID
Then: No gun buyer ID

If: Mail-in voting
Then: Mail order guns (again; we used to do that)

If: Secret ballots
Then: Secret purchases; no more 4473s

If: No proof of residency or citizenship
Then: Ditto for firearm purchases

If: Felons vote
Then: Felons buy guns (they do anyway, and places like Chiraq and NYC don’t even prosecute anymore)

Sure, I’m dreaming; and you can probably come up with plenty of other if/thens. But I’d like to see 1) if tehre’s anyone left in the Senate with a semblance of integrity and consistency, and 2) if there’s anyone on the Dim side who might go, “Whoa. Wait.”

Doubtful, on either point.

Conversely, If the Second Amendment’s “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State” means that the 2A is a collective right of state militias, instead of the SCOTUS-approved individual rights meaning, then Article 1, Section 2 (The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States) just as much makes voting “collective.” “People,” not individuals; “States,” not individual voters.

Let states collectively elect Representatives as opposed to the current, improperly individualistic direct elections. Why not? Section 4 says that states can run the elections anyway they want: The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof;. A leftwing collectivist approach to electing Represenntatives would be consistent with the original Constitutional provision that legislatures — not direct vote by the state’s populace — choose Senators.

A confuused lefty might look at this…

Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons.

…and get the idea that voting should be by individuals because they talking about the numbers of individuals in each state. Not so; that merely determines how many Representatives the legislatures choose.

Some will probably claim that the 19th amendment clearly indicates individual vote, but I argue that means they vote for their state legislators who then elect Representatives and Senators for their constituents just as they pass laws and confirm appointees on behalf of those same constituents.

But I suppose a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds whoe expect words mean what they say, laws to mean what they say, and fricking DimocRats to mean whatb they say.

Emerson was full of shit. Pythagora may have been misunderstood, because the concepts he was explaining were new and difficult. Dim redefinitions cause misunderstanding because they are lying to obfuscate well-understood things that had been understood for centuries.

So We’re Better Off Now After Almost A Year Of Senile Gropin’ Joe

Or so he said. Lessee…

I lost my paying gig.

I’m at nearly nearly record level broke.

Had to replace my phone (thanks, folks).

I got my hip replaced. (I’ve settled most of the bills, so far. I had some generous contributions –mostly family — which went to paying off the large ambulance bill. I have another post-surgical follow-up appointment this month, and I have a choice between paying for that or paying for another month of Internet service.)

Blogging and columns are still sadly lacking because it’s uncomfortable to sit long enough to properly research stuff. Standing is a little better, but I still have to lay down and get the weight off my hip.

Inflation? All a figment of my imagination. The administration assures us it has nothing to do with the trillions in funny money they pumped into the system. It’s all greedy companies raising prices for no good reason.

The shortages at the stores have nothing to do with the supply chain issues Joe already fixed. We’re all just buying stuff so fast they can’t keep the shelves stocked.

But hey! I’m off the walker and the cane. <i>And</i> the oxycodone. Thanks, Joe!

Not actually a bleg. I gave that up when I realized I should have called my hip a transmission. I’ll start selling stuff. Got an AR and a pile of ammo that ain’t doing nothing (can’t afford range fees either).

So how did Prez Xiden improve your life?