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January 21st, 2022 - 8:24 pm § in Law and Courts, Politics

Threatening election workers should be a federal crime

Republicans won’t allow that, of course, because their supporters are doing the threatening. Democracy requires the consent of the governed, and you don’t get that without fair elections, which you get by means of impartial professional election administration. We had that in 2020, but w[...]

January 21st, 2022 - 2:44 am § in Foreign Affairs, Law and Courts

“Does this mean we can’t come to America?”

Of course they can. They’ll even be invited to stay for a while, although trips to Disney World won’t be on their itinerary. “The US has charged four Belarusian officials with aircraft piracy over the diversion of a passenger plane to Minsk last May,” BBC reported on Friday, [...]

January 19th, 2022 - 10:46 pm § in Biden, Donald Trump, Law and Courts, Politics

Giuliani and Trump campaign were behind organized scheme to install fake electors

The media previously reported on a scheme to replace legitimate Biden electors with fake Trump electors. On January 20, 2022, CNN reported (here) that this scheme was organized and run by Rudy Guiliani and Trump campaign officials, who “were far more involved than previously known,” and [...]

January 19th, 2022 - 6:54 pm § in Law and Courts

Portland police training

Portland, Oregon, has one of America’s most violent police departments. This image, discovered by a city employee, was part of a PowerPoint training presentation. Police are supposed to be apolitical public servants; if they’re going to beat up protesters, they should beat them up equall[...]

January 19th, 2022 - 2:53 pm § in Law and Courts, Politics

The difference between sedition and protest

Last week, federal prosecutors filed sedition conspiracy charges against 11 members of the Oath Keepers, including its leader. Oath Keepers is a rightwing armed militia group that participated in the Capitol riot intending to block certification of Biden’s election victory. Additional court fi[...]

January 19th, 2022 - 4:32 am § in Donald Trump, Law and Courts

NY probe finds evidence of fraud in Trump’s businesses

New York’s attorney general, who is conducting a civil probe of the Trump Organization, says there is “significant evidence” that Trump’s company “used fraudulent and misleading asset valuations on multiple properties to obtain … loans, insurance coverage, and tax[...]

January 18th, 2022 - 3:41 pm § in Law and Courts

The cops who couldn’t shoot straight

Gunfire broke out at a high school football game in a Pennsylvania town on August 27, 2021. It was a gunfight between two teens. Three officers patrolling the stadium returned fire when a couple of the rounds came in their direction. Rather randomly, it seems; they “discharged their weapons in[...]

January 18th, 2022 - 12:03 pm § in Health, Law and Courts, News Media

Talent agency drops Fox host for comnparing Dr. Fauci to infamous Nazi doctor

Fox host (or ex-host, that isn’t clear yet) Lara Logan (bio here) won’t get any more gigs from United Talent Agency (profile here). She’s so nasty and vile, they want nothing to do with her. She may have lost her Fox Nation gig, too; at the very least, Fox executives have buried he[...]

January 18th, 2022 - 11:32 am § in Health, Law and Courts

Justice Gorsuch is a jerk

“Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch doesn’t just sit in a stolen seat on the nation’s high court,” Huffington Post says (here). “He’s also apparently a terrible co-worker [according to] an NPR report that said Gorsuch refuses to wear a face mask to protect against COVID-1[...]

January 16th, 2022 - 4:22 pm § in Donald Trump, Law and Courts, Politics

I hope Stew Rhodes goes to prison

Stewart Rhodes, founder of the Oath Keepers militia group, was indicted last week for seditious conspiracy. He could get 20 years. I hope he does. Rhodes, 56, is a Yale Law School graduate who practiced criminal law in Montana. He’s not a lawyer anymore; he was disbarred in 2015. Now it’[...]