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  • Jan 29, 2021 08:42 AM
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    that guy in AZ Wrote:

    That's just further proof that there are an awful lot of stupid people in this country.

    I liked how Howard Stern summarized elected officials like Trump, Greene, and others who are truly fucked up personally and professionally:

    "They are just being themselves, doing their thing. Its those dipshit voters who are put them in office that are to blame, otherwise they would be no more significant than the drunk at the end of the bar who has been there for 25+ years and nobody listens to the endless fictional bullshit"

    In the end, Trump will get altimers and be found walking around Mara-largo without any clothes and Greene will be thrown out office. The other elected crack pots will have similar fates, however each one is likely to do a lot damage while in office, and harm a lot innocent people, so we can't just laugh at them while they have access to power political tools, and are recklessly using those tools like a drunk with a loaded gun.

  • Mar 30, 2021 04:55 PM
    Last: 4d
    Dutch Wrote:

    wwjd, absolutely correct; you paint the right picture! As long as the "law system" is also political, then forget real judgement.

    The police "union" will not change their "protection" of their members either; it is as simple as that.

    Yes this country has caught up with S.America and fits right in.

    Hypothetical pretrial Defense team questioning of potential jurors:

    Defense Lawyer: Hi, I only have one question for you to determine if you're qualified to sit on this jury. Did you vote for Donald Trump?

    Potential Juror: Yes sir, I proudly voted for him twice, and I will do it again next time.

    Defense Lawyer: Judge, the defense accepts this man as a juror.

    Judge: Sir, you have been accepted as a member of this jury; please return to your seat.

    Defense Lawyer whispers to Derek Chauvin: we're 110% guaranteed nothing less than a hung jury without presenting our case. It's game over for the prosecution even before the trial starts.

  • Mar 30, 2021 04:55 PM
    Last: 4d

    /sarcasm on

    Defense started their case: Choking Floyd for 9 minutes was well within normal for arresting any black man, it happens everyday throughout the USA. Its no big deal. The only reason this case has gone to trial is because its on video. No video, no trial, therefor logically just because there is video of a black man being choked for 9 minutes doesn't somehow suddenly make it wrong when it is typical and happens frequently in white America.

    /sarcasm off

    High probability that this will be a hung jury. The law of averages alone suggests that there will be few members on the jury that will find it impossible to convict a white police officer of murdering a black man. A couple of jurors might even go as far as perceiving Derek Chauvin to be real victim for being put on trial and Floyd was a black man that got what he deserved. All it takes is one Trump voter on the jury and it will a hung jury.

  • May 23, 2019 05:41 PM
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    Trump: "Don't blame me if I can take all your money, its your fault for being so stupid."

    That was joke, not an actual quote.

    But seriously, Trump's business logic is very simple: If he has something in his possession, or its under his control, he considers himself to be the sole legal owner. How he obtained it is irrelevant to him, or maybe it should be said how it was obtained it is only relevant based on whatever fictional story he creates to convince others that everything he has belongs to him free and clear. Ask him how much he owes the banks? Trump: "I don't have any bank loans, never had one ever! As a matter of fact, banks all over the world come begging me to loan them money. I have so much money you wouldn't believe; billions and billions and billions."

  • Mar 30, 2021 04:55 PM
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    Dutch Wrote: Does it really matter? Do people think this case makes any difference of the way the "racists" treat people here?

    In the short term, probably no noticeable difference, but in long term every inch forward makes a difference. Its likely to take 100s of years, if not 1000s, for racism to disappear from the human race. There might even come a day where scientists find a DNA sequence in humans that represents racism, which can't be found in any other living being.

    The larger reality is that we all have racist perceptions that interfere with our ability to see people as individuals.

  • Mar 30, 2021 04:55 PM
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    TJ Wrote:

    Yesterday his girlfriend testified. She advised that Floyd was working as a security guard at the Salvation Army when they met. He listened to her talk about her problems and he asked her if he wanted him to pray with her.

    Employed and religious. I am sure those are factors that they didn't want brought up.

    Floyd has a criminal history so wait until it is the defense turn where they will expose and magnify every misstep of his life. What will be key is if Floyd has any past resisting arrests charges and the defense will bring other officers to testify about their dealing with Floyd. Good chance the defense team will portray Floyd and out of control BLACK man high on drugs who required a 9 minute choke hold to prevent him from a rampage. They will claim mace, tasers, and other non lethal force wouldn't have worked on him, so the officers didn't even try; "For god sakes, he was a black man, lethal force is always required".

    Or how about this for a defense argument: "If officer Chauvin wanted to kill him, he would have pulled out his gun and shot him several times; Officer Chauvin wouldn't have wasted 9 minutes to choke him to death. That makes no sense"

  • Mar 30, 2021 04:55 PM
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    Schmidt Wrote:

    It only takes one juror to force a hung jury. Hope that doesn't happen. I listened to some of the prosecution testimony today. Sounds compelling, but one never knows. As some Trump supporters have shown, the truth doesn't matter.

    The odds are in Chauvin favor of getting a hung jury because he is police officer.

    A hung jury might be the defense team's objective because certainly they know a full acquittal is unlikely to ever happen no matter how many times they re-try the case. If it is a hung jury, then tried again with another hung jury, its very likely outcome will be plea deal to a significantly lesser charge, such as manslaughter with a max sentence agreement of 1 year in jail, otherwise the defense team will likely say, "We'll make this the trial of the century because we will keep retrying this case for the next 50 years with with an endless series of hung juries; you'll never find 12 people on the same jury that will convict a white police officer murdering a black man with a criminal record, there will always be at least 1 h0ld out who thinks it was justified"

  • Mar 30, 2021 04:55 PM
    Last: 4d

    We have all seen the video where Officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on George Floyd's neck until he was dead, never once checking on his health, and to this day Officer Chauvin has not taken any responsibly for his death.

    I am speculating that the attorneys for Chauvin have begged for a manslaughter plea deal, and prosecutors have not talked about any possible deal short of second degree murder.

    We can assume that Officer Chauvin objective was not murder George Floyd while cameras were rolling and at least a dozen people stood there watching, but it is also clear Chauvin did not give a fuck if George Floyd died or might be seriously injured. Chauvin looks like he pinning down an animal, and has no concern about life of that animal. No joke, he looks like he could light a cigarette while he choking Floyd to death, not because that was his objective, but because he had zero concern about Floyd and it never once occurred to Chauvin that he might be harming Floyd, let alone killing him.

    We all hope Chauvin testifies so he can speak to what he was thinking as he murdered George Floyd. No doubt in his mind, everything he was doing was right out of the Police procedure manual of how to deal with Black people, thus he was just doing exactly as he done 100s of time before.

  • Jan 06, 2017 10:12 AM
    Last: 25d

    There is a book by that name by conservative Rick Wilson and even before I read the book it I used the analogy that Trump is cancer in human form. Cancer, but definition, is only able to survive and thrive through the destruction\killing of healthy cells. Trump has operated that way his entire adult life, he uses, abuses, and takes advantage of people, places, and things until they are destroyed, or they manage to get beyond of his reach. It is who he is, it is what he does best. He does not know how to help people or build things, which is what a true leader does. Trump has zero leadership skills or leadership abilities, and he doesn't even have any true skills at destroying things, he destroys things by convincing others to, more-or-less, destroy themselves to his benefit.

    The key to Trump's future downfall will be that he becomes more an isolated, even to the point where his family will decide to save themselves rather than destroy themselves for him (ie go to jail for him, go bankrupt for him, etc). If he is lucky, he will die in his sleep very soon otherwise at some point he'll be living all alone at Mar-o-largo, shut down, falling apart, in foreclosure, and be under federal indictment waiting for trail by a court appointed attorney because he is bankrupt.

  • Mar 08, 2021 09:12 AM
    Last: 1mo

    I get the impression that he is more guilty like Chris matthews, Charlie Rose, Bill O'reilly, and a few others who never actually physically touched anyone (or not consciously), and were clueless that they were taking advantage of their professional power that made them feel comfort to flirt with women they worked with, even even if their intent was harmless.

    The reality in the high powered work place is that for decades men in power have used their position to get sex or express themselves sexually (flirting), and to be equally fair there have been some women who were very much willing to use sex to advance their careers. But mostly women have been made to feel that their careers would not move forward if they did not flirt, provide sex, or at least tolerate sexual behavior by men in power.

    Cuomo is from that same generation that men in power are prone to flirting sexually with women they work with.