Shadow Attorney General Zeese is a loser. His bio over at the Green Shadow Cabinet seems to revel in his defeats.
He sued the DEA over medical marijuana and lost. He ran for Senate in Maryland and lost. He filed complaints against organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce and American Crossroads and lost. He organized Occupy DC, which wound up fizzling. He has filed numerous bar complaints against other lawyers, most notably against Justice Clarence Thomas, that have gone nowhere.
Speaking of bar complaints, what’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander, Mr. Zeese.
Rick Perry is selling t-shirts with his mug shot on the front to raise money for Rickpac (his superpac). The DUI DA’s picture is on the back. This is exactly the kind of pushback Republicans need to be engaging in.
I don’t know that I’ll wind up supporting Perry if he runs for the Republican nomination in 2016, but this kind of pushback against the bogus indictment for doing his job is a good sign.
SOUND: MODEM CONNECTING FADES UP TO FULL MIKE—SINGLE SHOT—RICHOCHET
MUSIC: UP AND UNDER—RECORDED—CUT 1
ANNOUNCER: (VOICE OVER MUSIC) Around Twitter Town and in the territory of the net—there’s just one way to handle the harassers and the stalkers—and that’s with an Internet Sheriff and the smell of “BLOGSMOKE”!
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ANNOUNCER: “BLOGSMOKE” starring W. J. J. Hoge. The story of the trolling that moved into the young Internet—and the story of a man who moved against it. (MUSIC: OUT)
JOHN: I’m that man, John Hoge, Internet Sheriff—the first man they look for and the last they want to meet. It’s a chancy job—and it makes a man watchful … and a little lonely.
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It’s been reported that a bunch of Teamsters have threatened a reality show crew because the production company was using non-union drivers. Having been a victim of union violence myself, I’m never surprised by such thuggery.
This sort of harassment is a sure sign that groups like the Teamsters are headed to the dust heap of history. They are becoming obsolete, socially, economically, and technologically. They won’t go quietly, but, eventually, they will go.
Crispus Attucks was the first casualty of the Boston Massacre in 1770. A group of redcoats fired on an unruly crowd who had thrown snowballs and trash at them and who were advancing with clubs. Attucks, who had a stick in his hands, took two rounds in the chest. While John Adams, the Boston lawyer who became President, was able to convince a local jury that the soldiers should not be convicted of murder, the bad PR from soldiers gunning down citizens moved the colonies closer to revolution.
History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.
Crispus Attucks was mixed race, black and native american, and 244 years later, we have an unruly crowd facing a bunch of paramilitary cops and whole lot of bad PR.
When Sir Robert Peel created the first modern police force in London (1829), he made a point of dressing the officers so that they would not look like soldiers. He viewed the police as members of the public who were being paid to provide full-time attention to “prevent crime and disorder, as an alternative to their repression by military force.” American experience with using the Army as civilian police led to the passage of the Posse Comitatus Act.
I’ve been a soldier. My brother has been a cop. My training on how to respond to a violent situation is significantly different from his. It’s not equipment that makes the difference. It’s training and mindset.
It may be that some civilian police need vehicles such as MRAPs, a bomb-disposal squad or a department tasked with response to a potential terrorist target. But the image of armored vehicles in the street echoes of totalitarianism. It may be that some surplus military gear can be legitimately repurposed for civilian law enforcement. But it should not be passed out like candy to Delta Force wannabes who lack the training, experience, or real world need for it. As one police chief once remarked: “C’est pire qu’un crime, c’est une faute. It’s worse than a crime; it’s a blunder.”
ANNOUNCER: From Westminster, it’s time for—
SOUND: Skype rings once.
JOHNNY: Johnny Atsign.
AARON: (Telephone Filter) Johnny, It’s Aaron. We won.
JOHNNY: Congratulations! How long was the jury out?
AARON: (Telephone Filter) It didn’t go to the jury. The judge cut it off after The Bomber rested his case and gave us a directed verdict.
JOHNNY: Well, we knew that he didn’t have a case.
AARON: (Telephone Filter) Yes. And he proved that for us.
MUSIC: Theme up and under.
ANNOUNCER: The Lickspittle Broadcasting System presents W. J. J. Hoge in the transcribed adventures of the man with the action-packed Twitter account, America’s fabulous free-lance Internet investigator …
JOHNNY: Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign! Continue reading
Rosemary Lehmberg, the District Attorney of Travis County, Texas, was busted for DWI. As a result, she did jail time and temporarily lost her license to practice law. She refused to resign her office, and now, a special prosecutor has indicted Governor Rick Perry for exercising his veto power over a part of the state’s funding for the DA’s office.
This case is so bizarre that even John Chiat and Think Progress are embarrassed by it, but much of the leadership of the Texas Democrat Party is gone all in, hoping to make a dent in the Republican Party’s control of state’s government.
Patterico has the best legal analysis I’ve read so far of the patently bogus indictment. Read the whole thing.