Guilty

Arbery jury finds all three defendants guilty.

Jurors in Brunswick, Georgia, on Wednesday found Travis McMichael and his father, Greg McMichael, guilty on nearly all counts, including felony murder, capping off an intense trial surrounding the February 2020 shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery.

Jurors also found the McMichaels’ neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan, guilty of felony murder.

The difference between this trial and the Rittenhouse trial is that conservatives and whites can look at the evidence objectively and reach the conclusion that the jury made the right call, even though the defendants were white and the victim was black.

Leftists aren’t capable of such rationality.

That’s why you won’t see a bunch of white people burning down car lots, throwing rocks and chemical bombs at police, and attacking 17 year old kids tonight.

Guilt and innocence are not dependent upon skin color. They are dependent upon the facts of the case.

Two high profile trials in the course of a couple of weeks and the juries got it right both times. Maybe the system isn’t quite as broken as so many people claim it to be.

Full disclosure…right after this happened, I was very skeptical of the reports coming out and was in support of the actions of the McMichael’s and Bryan, but as the facts began to come out and what actually happened became clearer, my opinion shifted.

I still believe the three defendants were legitimately trying to protect their community from a perceived criminal, but they had no direct knowledge that Arbery was the guy they were looking for and exercised profoundly bad judgement in chasing him down. It’s sad that their lives are ruined as a result of their poor decisions that night, but the verdict was just based on the evidence as I saw it.

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Mass murder in Wisconsin

Although they very well may be right, it’s too early to know for sure, so I’m not going to get into the possible motives for a black man driving his SUV through barricades and into a Christmas parade full of white people.

With three independent eye witnesses, and now confirmation from New York Post journalist Karol Markowicz, we can confirm the suspect who was driving the maroon Ford Escape was a black male named: Darrell Edward Brooks Jr, 39 years-old, from Milwaukee Wisconsin.

But there is one question I have about this: What’s the big deal? I mean, it’s not like the perpetrator used one of those AR-15 fully semi-automatic military super-duper high powered assault style murder-death-kill machines to do it, so why’s everyone getting their noses all bent out of shape about it?

Just your run of the mill systemically oppressed black dude killing and injuring a bunch of white supremacists. Really just nothing more than reparations. Surely these actions are protected by the first amendment right? After all, violence from the left is speech and speech from the right is violence. I know these things because the media tells me so.

(Italics doesn’t work as a sarcasm font because it’s also used in quotes a lot, so I’m going to try comic sans…what do you think, does that work?)

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Setting you on fire to protect you from yourself

If this isn’t an allegory for the government’s treatment of us lately, I don’t know what is:

Jason Jones, 29, walked into the police station and sparked a “confrontation with officers.” The man stripped his clothing off and doused himself with hand sanitizer. Chief Dave Darling, a former State Police senior investigator, said officers tased Jones to subdue him.

The combination of electricity from the taser and the flammable liquid caused the man to ignite into flames.

“I think they were afraid he was going to hurt himself, and that’s what started it,” Darling told the Times Union.

They set him on fire to keep him from hurting himself.

Wasn’t that thoughtful of them? Sort of like how the government had reacted to the Wuhan China Virus (among many other things).

We can rest easy knowing that our benevolent government overlords have our best interests at heart as they burn the economy down around us.
(Italics is my sarcasm font).

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Black Privilege

I’ve spoken about Black Privilege before, mainly in the context of black people being able to get away with basically anything because everyone else fears being called “racist” if they call out the poor behavior.

But this meme seen at Stately McDaniel Manor hit me as a tongue in cheek summary of another kind of black privilege.

Black Privilege

Blacks have convinced so many people that the legal system is “systemically racist” based on the fact that more black people are arrested, charged with and convicted of crimes than white people (without considering minor details like, who actually committed the crimes), that many judges and prosecutors treat black suspects and convicts with kid gloves lest they be called “racist”.

Whites who are charged with crimes (especially politically motivated charges) don’t get such consideration.

And that meme pretty succinctly depicts it.

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Another Blow to crime control

In the face of “Defund the Police” movements, general lack of support for police by local governments, reduced effort by police in the face of potentially being charged and convicted of a crime if they’re required to use force, decreases in recruiting success due to public disdain for Police, and losing officers who refuse to comply with Kung Flu vaccination mandates, today yet another body blow to law enforcement was announced.

No donuts for you!

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Tess Who?

I saw a link to this article somewhere and clicked it out of curiosity*. I don’t keep up with “celebrity” news because…um…I don’t care. I take a certain pride in not knowing who the heck they’re talking about in the “celebrity news” (oxymoron alert) sections.

At any rate, I saw the article and this particular bit really caught my attention:

Tess, who recently opened up about her battle with anorexia, wore her flame-hued tresses in a loose style before sweeping them up into a ponytail.

Wow.

I really, really, really wanted to leave this comment on the daily mail site, but they’d already closed comments…I can’t imagine why.

I wanted to say:

She battled anorexia??? She kicked it’s ass. She should sell her anorexia cure and make millions!!!

Anorexia Warrior

*Be warned…if you click the link to the story, you cannot unsee some of the photos they present.

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It’s (finally) a done deal.

After over 6 months of wailing and gnashing of teeth and trying to get title issues resolved, we finally closed today on the purchase of our secret remote hideaway at an undisclosed location.

It’s going to take a lot of cleaning up and effort but I think this is a good move in the long run. The site already has electric, a well and a septic system. They haven’t been used in a while and need to be inspected and possibly repaired, but that’s a lot cheaper than installing them new.

There’s a natural spring on the property so we have access to fresh water even if the power is out. Plenty of trees for firewood, plenty of wildlife, some good spots for a garden and a lot for chickens, sheep, maybe a cow. I’ve even already got a spot picked out to clear so I can plant some fruit trees.

The idea is for it to be our emergency escape/camping/hunting/recreational area for now, but to ultimately build our retirement home (preferably a log cabin on a basement, but in a pinch we could even tote a house trailer up there).

I don’t want to put up too many pictures lest I give away the secret location, but here’s the view from the spot where the house will likely go. (click to make bigger)

Here’s from the woods about half-way up to the ridgeline. There’s a nice spot up here for a getaway campsite.

Finally, down in the holler, there’s a little tiny pond (maybe 8 or 10 feet across) fed by the spring.

We’re very excited.

There’s a bunch of trash and stuff that needs to be picked up, it doesn’t look recent, but it looks like someone has been using it as a party spot in the past. So, the first order of business will be to put up a fence with no trespassing signs all along the road frontage and then get the trash cleaned up. I’ll probably put up some trail cameras to “keep an eye” on the place when we’re not there. Hopefully that’ll help. For now there’s nothing really up there to steal, I just don’t want people in there throwing around more trash and having to waste more time cleaning up over and over again.

I get 15 vacation days a year so I’m planning on taking one three day weekend a month to head over there to camp, recreate and get some work done. That leaves me a few extra days per year for contingencies.

Anyway, I just thought I’d share the big news. Yea for us.

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