Teh Squeaky Wheel
J. Robert Oppenheimer Kitteh Tuesday greetings, Wheelizens!
I, too, am pretty much out of farks to give re blue city loot-a-thons…although I am certainly sympathetic to the small business owners / franchisees. As well as the non-looting neighborhood residents who won’t have places to shop.
“No sneakers, no peace! No liquor, no peace! No car parts, no peace!”
It’s gonna be a loooooong, hot summer, isn’t it?
Godzilla may just destroy the entire world after stepping on that, so the plan may backfire.
Hi, Fatwa -- good day, GN!
The rioting last night was less than I expected -- perhaps just a warmup for the verdict in the Chauvin trial, now expected to occur next week.
The state ought to rest its case today with the defense getting its turn later this morning or afternoon. The state’s case has been mostly redundant and boring -- they’ve bet everything on the video and bystander testimony -- everything else has been smoke mirrors. Despite media hype, there’s been no smoking gun -- all they’ve done is provide cover for those that have already made up their minds.
Nice day trip on Monday. I bought cookies and salty stuffs for Harper as is our tradition while she was in getting her treatment.
Afterward we had a chick-fil-a sandwich. I’ve never had one before. It was very busy there, but they were quite efficient. I was amazed how fast and polite the staff is.
In any case, afterwards, we checked on my friends trees on the way home, as we go right by there on the way back to Sedona.
I’m pretty sure the first tree is dead. Although… I’ve seen trees like that suddenly sprout new branches from close to the bottom of a seemingly dead stalk, so… who knows.
The second one appears to still be alive. the buds appear to still be green. We’ll see, I check them again tomorrow morning, as the Big Route will take me right past there.
Hiya, Sven and dv8 (and Harper)!
I was amazed how fast and polite the staff is.
CFL is amazingly -- and consistently -- good in those regards. (In-N-Out is much the same.)
But what did you think of the chicken?? 🙂
Hope your friend’s tree is just restin’ rather than pinin’ for the fjords.
Appreciate your updates on the Chauvin trial; I’ve not been following it as -- to be perfectly honest -- I don’t give much of a hoot about it.
The Chauvin case is all about facts vs. narratives and that’s why I find it interesting.
The Chauvin case is a lot like gun control efforts. As 2A supporters, we are used to being mostly on the defensive side of the cultural-media-political efforts to curtail our Constitutionally-guaranteed rights. We know that the entities arrayed against us routinely lie, mislead, rely on emotion-based arguments, and that their agenda leans more towards total citizen disarmament than to whatever “commonsense” measure they propose at any time. Bottomline: They fear us and they fear us even more when we armed. Our end, justifies their means.
The tactics and beliefs of the gun control crowd now extend far beyond firearms and the Second Amendment. That’s not quite accurate as I’m sure those tactics and beliefs predate Handgun Control, Inc. and were used in other areas of conflict, but their public acceptance at all levels of society has taken hold in the last 15-20 years. Think BLM, MeToo, critical race theory, intersectionality, toxic masculinity, cancel culture, antifa, etc. It’s summed up perfectly by Joe Biden gaffing that he believes in truth, not facts. Truth has become subjective and “my truth” replaces “my story.” “Facts” are increasingly treated as a minor part of anything -- it’s the narrative, the “lived experience” that matters more than facts.
In Chauvin’s case, similar to Zimmerman/Martin and to Ferguson, the narrative is that a white racist cop killed an unarmed black man and that this is proof of systemic racism. Our acceptance of systemic racism is paramount and that leads to collective guilt on the part of white people specifically and America generally -- and that leads to all types of reparations and excuses for illegal and murderous behavior.
An important case? Legally, no. Politically and culturally, yes -- quite important. If the facts as I see them win out and Chauvin is acquitted, it won’t make much difference in the big picture -- it’s like every gun law that gets overturned or voted down -- there’s one more waiting in the wings. If he’s convicted, it opens the floodgates for more of this type of prosecution; more of giving in to the mob, and that doesn’t bode well for America going forward.
Well said, Sir.
Thanks, Mac. I will say that the defense is not having a good day today as they start their case. Their main use of force witness, perhaps the only one, is not great on the stand and the state beat him up pretty good.
“my truth” replaces “my story.”
Said another way, “moya pravda” replaces “mein Kampf”
Happy Shiva-kitteh Tuesday, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, Fatwa, dv8 (and Harper!), and Sven!
dv8 -- glad your trip went well. Hopefully at least one of the trees will make it.
In re Minnesota, AoS has an interesting piece up about Blamtifa and police and the tendency to allow rioters on the left to do what they want.
In California, they must not like recall efforts much: https://redstate.com/jenvanlaar/2021/04/13/california-dems-want-the-name-address-of-everyone-who-signs-a-recall-petition-n359874
There’s nothing like a little doxxing to reduce the number of signers on a recall petition.
I have video from the Davis recall, I think. An older gentleman was standing quietly holding a recall sign on a street corner across the street from a public service employee union meeting or convention at a hotel. It shows a group of union goons running across the street to beat the guy up, they put him in the hospital. Later on the TV news the union head was telling about how some trouble makers (meaning the victim) tried to disrupt their event, but some union members dealt with it , “peacefully” is the word he used I think. The attck was bad and violent enough the hotel security called the police to try and protect the guy.
I am sure State employees would never misuse that information. We are not talking Joe the Plumber here.