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NOVEMBER 20,  2021

SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – OVERNIGHT:

THE WAR ON THE POLICE – FROM THE NEW YORK POST:   They’re New York’s Grimmest.
More than half of NYPD cops wish they'd never joined the force in the first place, according to a damning internal department survey of 6,000 uniformed officers obtained by The Post.  The survey is a sobering snapshot of how the Finest feel in an era of George Floyd and Black Lives Matter riots, the Defund the Police movement, bail-reform laws that keep violent offenders out of jail, and legislative measures that put the burden of liability on officers while emboldening criminals.  “My retirement date is next month,” said one 20-year veteran who took the survey. “I can’t wait to run out of here.”  The officer, who would only provide his first name, Dan, said the job has hit “rock bottom” — and he’s even steered his own son away from a calling that was once proudly passed down from generation to generation.  Most who took the survey think things will only get worse, with 79% of the 5,935 respondents polled in March saying they don’t think the city will be safer in two years.  “The city is absolutely not safe at all. Bail reform. Criminals being released. Everyone knows what’s going on,” the veteran cop added.  You can blame the outgoing mayor, Marxist Bill de Blasio, the left-wing media, and the woke wing of the ruling Democratic Party.  Ten years ago New York was the safest large city in America.  No more.

November 20, 2021       Permalink

 

THREE CHEERS FOR THE JURY – OVERNIGHT:  Law Professor Jonathan Turley reminds us that it was the jury in the Kyle Rittenhouse case that stood strong against mob rule, twisted journalism, and chilling threats.  Give them credit.  From USA Today: 

The full acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse is now in. The result was hardly a surprise to many of us who watched the trial rather than the media coverage. The jury spent days carefully considering the evidence and could not find a single count that was supported beyond a reasonable doubt.

In rendering its verdict, the jury fulfilled its core function in our legal system. The jury was designed to protect an individual from becoming the grist of a criminal justice system. As the Supreme Court noted in Duncan v. Louisiana (1968): 

"Providing an accused with the right to be tried by a jury of his peers gave him an inestimable safeguard against the corrupt or overzealous prosecutor and against the compliant, biased, or eccentric judge."

The American jury is designed to stand between the mob and a defendant; between the government and the accused. The thin line of a dozen citizens can prove the most unassailable wall for justice in our system.

There was, however, a second verdict in that courtroom for those who have been maintaining a distorted or incomplete account to this trial. From the outset, politicians and media figures insisted that this was a case of murders committed by a white supremacist. Then-presidential candidate Joe Biden labeled Rittenhouse a “white supremacist” in a tweet showing his photo and demanded to know why then-President Donald Trump did not “disavow white supremacists.” Much of the media followed suit with an echo chamber of coverage that led some people to believe that these were essentially executions on the streets of Kenosha.  Columnist Elie Mystal called the trial a sham.

The pressure clearly had an impact on the prosecution, which overcharged Rittenhouse (including with a count that was invalid). The case began to fall apart as the prosecution called its witnesses, who contradicted the core elements of these charges. 

What happened next was even more chilling. Faced with a collapsing case in court, many of the same media outlets struck out at the judge, the jury, and the legal system. MSNBC host Tiffany Cross advocated for the judge's removal. Rittenhouse was mocked for his "male, white tears" on national television. Georgetown law professor Paul Butler called the trial “white privilege on steroids.”

COMMENT:  Please read the whole thing.  You'll get a good education in the jury system and how it saved the day in Kenosha.  And you will see demonstrated once more the danger that a reckless press poses for American society.

November 20,  2021     Permalink 

 

 

 

 

 

NOVEMBER 19,  2021

SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – OVERNIGHT:

THE GREAT INTELLECT SPEAKS AGAIN – FROM FOX:   Vice President Kamala Harris says the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict shows the country has "a lot more to do" to make the criminal justice system "equitable."  "The verdict really speaks for itself," the vice president said while traveling in Columbus, Ohio, on Friday following the verdict. Harris, a lawyer and former attorney general of California, said she had questions about the verdict. "As many of you know, I’ve spent the majority of my career working to make the criminal justice system more equitable, and clearly there’s a lot more to do," she said.  A jury found Rittenhouse not guilty on all counts Friday after he had been charged in the shooting deaths of two men and the wounding of another during a riot sparked by the Jacob Blake police shooting in Kenosha last year.  Once again, we are swept away by the depths of the vice president's observations.  I will read them over and over.  Please do the same.  Tell me if you feel elevated, the way I did.  (Choke).

November 19 , 2021       Permalink

 

RITTENHOUSE – OVERNIGHT:  Kyle Rittenhouse has been found not guilty on all charges lodged against him.   I believe that most thoughtful and mature people watching his trial would have to consider the verdict just.  It was a clear case of self defense.  The left, of course, disagrees, as it doesn't believe in self defense, or the Constitution, for that matter.  From Breitbart: 

Protesters took to the streets of Brooklyn, Chicago, Oakland, and other cities following the not guilty verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial.

After the verdict, hundreds of people took to the streets of Brooklyn, New York, to voice their frustration with the jury’s verdict. 

The crowd gathered at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and reportedly chanted, “Say his name, George Floyd.”  

Progressive activists have tried incessantly to make the Rittenhouse trial about race, even though Rittenhouse and the three men he shot were all white.

In Chicago, dozens of protesters went to Federal Plaza to protest the verdict. They were reportedly carrying signs reading, “Kyle Will Kill Again,” “Workers United to Smash Fascism,” and “Reject Racist Vigilante Terror.” 

The Chicago protesters blocked traffic on busy streets during rush hour to show their discontent with the trial’s outcome.

Protesters reportedly looted a Neiman Marcus luxury store and multiple other stores as the protests were happening.

One Twitter user shared a flyer for a protest in Minneapolis and told his followers to “let people go wild,” and “leave your phone at home.”

At Powerline, John Hinderaker said this: 

Rittenhouse took the law into his own hands? No, the law provides a right of self-defense. It was the rioters who attacked Rittenhouse who took the law into their own hands. And did Rittenhouse “walk free from any accountability”? Not at all. He was prosecuted and held to account before a jury, which, based on the evidence, acquitted him...For all the Democrats’ talk about the rule of law, they only respect legal processes that turn out their way. Just ask Stacey Abrams. Democrats will use the Rittenhouse verdict to continue fanning the flames of race hatred for a long time to come–weirdly, since Rittenhouse and those whom he shot were all white. But if you are a liberal, race is everywhere, even where it is invisible to a normal observer.

COMMENT:  One analyst noticed a dramatic lack of enthusiasm on the part of the crowds that gathered to protest the verdict.  I think he was right.  They seemed more like the usual suspects, the professional protesters, rather than people who actually knew, or felt, anything about the case.  You wanna be in the club, you gotta protest.

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