ATLANTA, BOLTON AND MORE
The DA in Atlanta brought charges against the police officers involved in the Wendy’s parking lot death. In the case of the officer firing his weapon, he could face the death penalty if convicted of the charges. Is this right?
First, I mentioned here the day it happened that this was not a murder like the George Floyd case. I also said I was unsure if the officer needed to fire his weapon.
With that said …
The DA has way over stepped his bounds. Blaming the officers for inflaming the situation is a view of events that I did not see. Saying they became aggressive is way off base. The DA forgot one basic tenant of life, that many today seem to have forgotten. It’s called personal responsibility.
Until the moment of the shooting it was Mr Brooks who did everything wrong. He drove impaired. He fell asleep in the drive thru lane. He was the one the store was unable to awaken. He was the one who started the fight with the officers. He was the one who stole the (stun) gun. He was the one who ran away. He was the one who fired at the officers.
Nothing happens in that parking lot without the victim precipitating it. It seems neither the DA or MSM want to express this. Makes you wonder why.
Now the DA talks about the stun gun as not a deadly device. Yet two weeks ago he said it was—the same DA. You don’t get to have it both ways.
Finally, I think the DA and MSM continue to mislead when they say he was “shot in the back.” They say this as if the officer was chasing a helpless victim and did that. That is misleading again. What I saw was an officer chasing a criminal who stole a weapon. The criminal, while running, turned to his right to fire the weapon. The officer immediately veered to his left to avoid being hit. As he did he fired his gun. Because the escaping Brooks was turned only partialy to his right, this led to the bullets entering his back. Don’t make it sound like a helpless person was shot in the back. That is misleading.
Now we can argue if the officer should have used his weapon. I think that is a legitimate argument. Each person passing judgement should place themselves in that exact spot and ask what they would have done. Put yourself in the heat of the moment and decide.
Me? I am not sure he needed to fire, but understand why he did. But blaming the officers and charging them to the point they face the death penalty is way beyond reasoning, and forgetting the action that led to all this was the cause. Every action has a reaction. The actions of the victim are being glossed over here, and that is wrong.
Before this book release, John Bolton, a man who never saw a war he didn’t like, was one of the most despised Americans by the left. In fact he was so disliked that he could not be nominated for any position that required congressional approval because he had no chance.
Now that, in his self serving way he has written a book and is attacking the President, he is a hero. Sorry, he is not; he is in fact despicable. He is putting his own financial gain over the interests of the nation.
Here are some of the things the left leaning Politico today said about the book and charges, and some comments from me in italics.
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP asked Chinese President XI JINPING to buy ag products to help him win reelection. “He stressed the importance of farmers, and increased Chinese purchases of soybeans and wheat in the electoral outcome.”
And what’s the problem with this? China buying agriculture products is great for our farmers and of course would help the President. What’s the issue? If the President said it would help him in reelection, that happens to be a fact. It was also good for America.
— TRUMP seemingly thought it was OK for China to build concentration camps to house 1 million Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang, and told that to XI. He also told the Chinese leader that Americans want to change the Constitution to have him serve more than two terms.
Er, “seemingly?” What does that mean?
— TRUMP was unsure if Finland was part of Russia (it is not). He also did not know that the United Kingdom was a nuclear power (it is).
Really John? Trump thought the country of Finland was Russia? Why did he call them Finland?
— VLADIMIR PUTIN compared JUAN GUAIDÓ to HILLARY CLINTON in an apparent bid to boost Venezuelan strongman NICOLÁS MADURO in TRUMP’S eyes. TRUMP thought Guaidó was kid-like compared to MADURO. TRUMP also suggested war in Venezuela would be “cool.”
Okay John, then tell me why he has backed Guaido to this day. I know you wanted to send troops, but this President is really reluctant to use the military. Isn’t that one of your differences with him?
— SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO slipped BOLTON a note during negotiations with North Korea, saying the president was “so full of shit.” He later said there was “zero probability of success” in negotiating with North Korea. POMPEO listened in to a call between TRUMP and the South Koreans, and told BOLTON that he was “having a cardiac arrest in Saudi Arabia.” BOLTON said the call was a “near death experience.”
First Secreatry Pompeo said you are full of … in saying this. But let’s assume its true. You mean that when trying to convince North Korea, the President was saying things that you thought could not be? Do you know about negotiation? Of course we do know you wanted to use military force in North Korea.
— TRUMP was fixated on getting a copy of Elton John’s “Rocket Man” to KIM JONG UN.
And the problem with that is? He ridiculed the man on the one thing that bothers him, his size and called him Little Rocket Man. What’s the issue here?
There are more, but you get the idea. Let’s leave it with this.
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said at a House hearing yesterday that the U.S.-China trade deal shows no signs of weakening. Since for the past 40 years China has eaten our lunch, and this is the first time we have pushed back to level the trade field, why is our China policy wrong?
There’s plenty more to talk about today, but this is a long blog so we’ll limit things to a few short takes:
That congressional race in NY we mentioned yesterday got even more interesting. Senator Warren came out for the AOC backed candidate (Jamaal Bowman). She joined Senator Sanders in that regard.
Senator Schumer, Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff came out for the incumbent Elliott Engel.
The Democratic party divide is there like the Republican Tea Party was.
Remember back when we said the noise about the Supreme Court was way over blown about a conservative majority? Well today John Roberts proved us right again. He sided with the left on the DACA case, proving the argument from the right that the Bush’s just couldn’t get the court right!
Have a great day.