Sunday, April 9, 2023

Flotsam and Jetsam on an Easter Morn

 Stacy McCain takes on the Magna Carta and Alvin Bragg:

The lowliest thief incarcerated at Riker’s Island cannot be denied such rights, and what Bragg has done in framing this indictment of Trump is an insult to every American, an attempt to defraud them of their ancient liberties, purchased by “toil and danger” and bequeathed to us as an inheritance. However ignorant Alvin Bragg may be, we cannot suppose that he is violating these rights accidentally, and thus he must be considered an enemy of justice, deliberately seeking to destroy liberty. That the voters of New York City elected Bragg to this office, and apparently support him in his unconstitutional actions, says a lot about the nature of “democracy” in 21st-century America. People need to wake up to the danger.

At Hat Hair, Dave Strom issues a CORRECTION: Pamela Paul in NYT: even if Trump is innocent, this is justice. Initially he thought it was Paul Krugman. "Democrats really don’t believe in the rule of law. We know this. We see this constantly. They cheer on violence. Elected officials pull bullhorns out and shut down legislatures. They persecute their enemies using the law."

Stormy Daniels by Annie Leibovitz
At Da Caller, Stormy Daniels Says Trump’s ‘Crimes Against’ Her Are Not ‘Worthy’ Of Jail Time. His crimes against her? Exactly what are those? Even assuming he did have the affair with her, I don't see the crime. She, on the other hand, clearly tried to blackmail him (and succeeded) and then violated the NDA she extorted from him. Vogue has a pro-Daniels piece, and they even have a picture of her cleaned up by Annie Leibovitz Stormy Daniels on the Trump Indictment and What Really Happened in That Nevada Hotel Room. As Off the Press notes Vogue Snubbed First Lady Melania But Features Porno’s Stormy DanielsMiranda Devine@mirandadevine, "So Stormy Daniels gets a Vogue spread but not former model and elegant clothes horse Melania Trump."

Melania pre-Trump
From John Solomon at JTN, Jim Jordan subpoenas former Manhattan prosecutor in first strike against office prosecuting Trump. "Former special assistant district attorney Mark Pomerantz had publicly pressed for charges against Trump." Tristan Justice at Da Fed, House Judiciary Expands Investigation Into Manhattan DA Over Trump Indictment. "On Friday, House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, sent a letter to Manhattan DA Senior Counsel Matthew Colangelo, shared with The Federalist, requesting a transcribed interview. According to the New York Times in December, Colangelo was hired four months ago to “jump start” Bragg’s Trump investigations after years spent going after the former president at both the Department of Justice and the New York attorney general’s office." At Hat Hair Jazz Shaw is just fine with giving them A dose of their own medicine

In Fedsurrection news the TN Star reports ‘At Least 40’ Undercover Informants Were Doing Surveillance on January 6, Defense Lawyer Says. Jazz Shaw reports Proud Boys leader was in touch with DC police for months before J6. Which doesn't mean he didn't break any laws, but it certainly suggests that insurrection wasn't one of them.

'Becca Downs at Town Hall thinks Democratic Presidents Past and Present Put Out Stunningly Ignorant Tweets on Expelled Tenn. Members. At Red State, 'Bonchie' says Biden Makes Move With ‘Tennessee Three’ That Is Beyond ParodyCowardly Republican Who Saved TN Insurrectionist Puts out Incredibly Odd Statement and 'Preacher' Kamala Harris Shows up in Nashville to Deliver a Grotesque Political Spectacle. At Da Mail, Kamala Harris looks VERY animated as she visits Tennessee to support two black Democrat lawmakers expelled from legislature over gun control protest in wake of Nashville massacre. KT at Hat Hair, Kamala went to Tennessee to meet with Democrats expelled from Legislature. So clearly they support insurrection in the proper cause. NewsBusters Podcast: You Can’t Say ‘Leftist Agitators Storm State Capitols.’ Predictably, Althouse doesn't approve of the GOP actions, Mr. Jones and Mr. Pearson were expelled on Thursday for interrupting debate last week by using a bullhorn to lead a gun control protest in the chamber..., "What a bad mistake by Republicans! Did they not foresee this backlash? It is so plainly undemocratic to use the expulsion power so suddenly and crudely — and for the offense of speech. " OTOH, Evita-Duffy Alfonso at Da Fed thinks Tennessee Republicans Show Exactly How To Respond To Left-Wing Hostage-Taking

The Pardon wars have begun. At Reason, Trump Commuted His Sentence. Now the Justice Department Is Going To Prosecute Him Again. "Philip Esformes' case is a story about what happens when the government violates some of its most basic promises." It's quite a story. Beege Wellborn at Hat Hair comments As we say over and over again, this is the most dangerous, lawless, weaponized DoJ in our history, and they can come for anyone about anyTHING. From Fox, Greg Abbott working to 'swiftly' pardon Army Sergeant convicted of murder in Black Lives Matter riot.

Army Sergeant Daniel Perry was convicted of murder on Friday for shooting and killing a Black Lives Matter protester holding an AK-47 after the gun was raised toward him. The Austin Police Department concluded at the time that Perry acted in self-defense.

Perry, who was stationed at Fort Hood at the time of the shooting, was driving for Uber to make extra money in downtown Austin on the night of July 25, 2020, when he encountered a large crowd of protesters. They were illegally blocking city streets that night, according to police, as protesters in Austin and elsewhere had done during the weeks of rioting.

Among the protesters was 28-year-old Garrett Foster, who was carrying an AK-47. Perry's defense team says that the demonstrators encircled and starting pounding on his vehicle and that Foster raised the firearm at Perry, prompting him to open fire with a handgun he legally carried for self-defense.

Travis County District Attorney Jose Garza, the George Soros-backed prosecutor who brought the case, has been widely criticized for pursuing charges against Perry for political clout rather than the merits of the case.

"Self-defense is a God-given right, not a crime. Unfortunately, the Soros-backed DA in Travis County cares more about the radical agenda of dangerous Antifa and BLM mobs than justice," Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement to Fox News Digital following the Perry verdict.

Sundance at CTH thinks he has identified The Exact Moment the United States Congress Took a Knee. "Former FBI Director James Comey openly admitted to Congress on March 20, 2017, how the FBI, FBI Counterintelligence Division, DOJ and DOJ-National Security Division, together with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and the CIA, had been conducting independent investigations of Donald Trump for over a year without informing Congress [the Gang of Eight]. When asked the question, Comey winced, then justified the lack of informing Go8 oversight by saying, “um, because of the sensitivity of the matter?”

Nick Givas at JTN sees a possible Spoiler Joe? Speculation grows Manchin might wage third-party challenge to Biden. Harold Hutchison at Da Caller, ‘He’s Underperforming’: CNN Poll Guru Notes Trouble For Biden On ‘Slew Of Issues.’ At TNP, One in Five Democrats Prefer Republicans on Immigration. Paul Bedard at WaEx, Biden’s new dog might also have a taste for the Secret Service. Heh. Mia Cathell at Town Hall rhetorically asks Is U.S. Manufacturing 'Booming' Under Biden? The short answer is no.

Breitbart is optimistic, Republicans Net Three New Supermajorities in One Month, Bringing Total to 25

Althouse wants to  just drop in for a moment on the massive squabble between Matt Taibbi and Elon Musk. Insty, SO I’VE FELT SLIGHTLY BAD NOWADAYS ABOUT HAVING SHUT DOWN MY OLD TWITTER ACCOUNT. "When I deleted it, it had something like 180,000 followers. (After I deleted it, someone encouraged me to start one back up under the same handle so no one could do it and pretend to be me, so there’s a basically dormant account now with a few hundred followers.) But it would be handy to publicize my Substack posts." Sarah Arnold at Town Hall is jazzed that Matt Taibbi Shreds MSNBC to Pieces Over 'Fake' Hunter Biden Report. Likewise Nick Arama at Red State, Matt Taibbi Lights up MSNBC and Dems Over Russiagate, Hunter Laptop.

Riley Gaines
From Twitchy, Riley Gaines says to imagine if the roles were reversed and an LGBTQ person was held for ransom. Andy Ngô 🏳️‍🌈@MrAndyNgo "“Tell her to pay us, then she can go.” Violent extremist #trans activists demanded money after creating a hostage situation over women’s sports advocate @Riley _Gaines_  at  @SFSU  on April 6. Those involved in the attempted kidnapping have not been arrested." Riley Gaines@Riley_Gaines_ "Imagine if the roles were reversed and a group of white, conservatives ambushed someone within the LGBTQ community, physically assaulted them, and held them for ransom for 3 hrs... There would be arrests and repercussions for the perpetrators and administration who allowed this." Also at Twitchy, SERIOUSLY!? CNN’s framing of assault on Riley Gaines is PEAK ‘journalism’ CNN, Former college swimmer says she was assaulted at an event opposing the inclusion of trans women in women’s sports

At the Daily Fetched, Jean-Pierre Torched for Praising Transgender Kids Who “Fight Back” Weeks after Nashville Shooting. Sarah Arnold again, Kristi Noem Threatens Legal Action Against Biden Over Title IX Changes That Would Harm Female Sports and More Republicans, Country Stars Join the Fight to Boycott Bud Light After Transgender Deal. Mike Miller at Red State has a Pro Tip for Nike: It's Probably Not a Good Idea to Berate People Already Upset by Your Dylan Mulvaney Ads. Bob Spencer at PJM thinks he knows The Real Reason Why Fake Woman Dylan Mulvaney Is Suddenly Everywhere REVEALED: "they’re paying the modern-day equivalent of Mafia protection money, trying to keep the heat off their business: they’re hiring Dylan and making other displays of wokeness “because they have to — or risk failing an all-important social credit score that could make or break their businesses.” If they don’t inflict woke advertising campaigns on us, they’re liable to do damage to their Corporate Equality Index (CEI) score, which could be disastrous for their business." Another grift. 

From Liberty Unyielding, an Ex-gay professor sues university that fired him for writings that offended gay colleague. Just being ex-gay is offensive. It's not supposed to be possible. 

At the Chi Trib disappointed, School board elections see general pushback against conservatives, though not everywhere. Beege Wellborn snarks Chicago had its chance and they flubbed it

Greg Piper at JTN reports, California university investigates Iran-born professor for showing students Muhammad art. "Already under fire for letting protesters attack NCAA swimmer Riley Gaines, SFSU faces scrutiny for allegedly unconstitutional "discrimination" investigation of scholar Maziar Behrooz." Forget it Jake it's San Francisco. The Tax Prof has been following the Stanford kerfuffle, More Commentary On The Disruption Of A Federal Judge's Speech At Stanford Law School (Part 6).

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