[WASHINGTONPOST] Nearly two years after James A. Fields Jr. rammed his car into a crowd of counterprotesters at a white-supremacist rally here, the avowed neo-Nazi ...adherents of a philosophy that was seen even at the time as pure evil, which makes them either consciously and purely evil, or attention-seeking ratbags. Pick one, or both.... and convicted murderer apologized in court Friday as a judge sentenced him to life in prison for 29 federal hate crimes.
He’ll fit in nicely on the psych floor with the rest of the schizophrenics.
"Every day I think about how things could have gone differently, and how I regret my actions," he said in a packed courtroom. "I am sorry."
Fields, 22, whose vehicular attack killed one woman and injured 35 other people, pleaded guilty to the 29 counts in April in a deal with prosecutors, who agreed to drop an additional charge that carries a possible death sentence ...the barbaric practice of sentencing a murderer to be punished for as long as his/her/its victim is dead... . In a separate case stemming from the deadly incident, Fields was convicted of first-degree murder and other crimes in December by a Virginia jury that voted for a life term plus 419 years in state prison.
His sentence in the state case is due to be imposed July 15, meaning Friday’s sentencing in U.S. District Court in Charlottesville was the first for Fields, an Ohio native with a years-long history of espousing racist and anti-Semitic views.
At the "Unite the Right" rally on Aug. 12, 2017, crowds of white supremacists chanting angry slogans clashed violently with counterprotesters for hours. Photos and video of the mayhem, including images of broken bodies propelled in the air by Fields’s speeding Dodge Challenger, were viewed worldwide, galvanizing public attention on emboldened ethno-fascist ...anybody who's not a leftist... s in the early months of the Trump administration.
"I would like to apologize for the hurt and loss I have caused," Fields said in court, adding, "I apologize to my mother for putting her through all this."
Fields’ attorneys highlighted his difficult upbringing and history of mental illness, but many of the details were redacted from public viewing. He was raised by a paraplegic single mother and suffered "trauma" by growing up knowing that his Jewish grandfather had murdered his grandmother before committing suicide, his lawyers said.
When asked by a U.S. District Court judge whether he had ever been treated for mental illness, Fields said he had been treated for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and ADHD, The New York Times
...which still proudly displays Walter Duranty's Pulitzer prize... reported.
Derek Weimer, a high school teacher of Fields’, had said that Fields was diagnosed with schizophrenia and had been on anti-psychotic medication, Richmond.com reported.
James Fields was briefly on active duty status with the Army, but only from August 18, 2015 to December 11, 2015. His mother had posted on Facebook about her son going to boot camp and being really happy about it. An Army front man told CNN that Fields didn’t meet the training standards and was never awarded a military occupational skill or assigned a unit outside of basic training.
If an employee is in a position where he or she (or them, or whatever...) must deal with the public, there may well be some informal discrimination on the part of the public. Businesses that employ these individuals may suffer. You can enact all the well meaning legislation you want but you cannot escape reality.
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06/29/2019 12:44 Comments ||
[WASHINGTONPOST] The the Socialist paradise of San Francisco ...where God struck dead Anton LaVey, home of the Sydney Ducks, ruled by Vigilance Committee from 1859 through 1867, reliably and volubly Democrat since 1964... Board of Education voted Tuesday to paint over a mural depicting scenes in the life of George Washington at a high school bearing his name after an advisory board said the artwork doesn’t represent the school’s values.
Preservationists have argued for months with those offended by the New Deal-era mural. The artwork at George Washington High School shows the nation’s first president standing over a dead Native American man and also includes an image of an enslaved African American person. Good idea. Let's all pretend there was never any slavery in North America. All those black people are descended from people who immigrated to have better lives than they had in Upper Volta or the Belgian Congo. Remember the Ellis Island scene in The Godfather? The Good Injun's an obvious allegory for the French and Indian War, Why not just hire someone to paint over the dead Algonquin with a Frenchman? And the Upper Voltans with indentured Brits?
Painted in 1936 by Victor Arnautoff, a native of Russia and protege of muralist Diego Rivera, the mural at the 2,000-student public school was commissioned by the Federal Art Project ‐ a New Deal program to fund visual arts.
Parts of Arnautoff’s 13-panel mural, such as an image of Washington standing over a dead Native American as he directs white frontiersmen, seem critical of U.S. imperialism and capitalism.
Arnautoff, a Communist Party member in the 1930s who was interrogated by the House Un-American Activities Committee, returned to the Soviet Union before his death in 1979.
However, Caliphornia hasn't yet slid into the ocean, no matter how hard it's tried... after an advisory group recommended the mural be removed in February, the school board unanimously approved a motion Tuesday to paint over it or "develop a project that removes the mural from public view using solid panels or equivalent material."
Board Vice President Mark Sanchez, who brought the motion, said removing the mural from view, no matter what the artist’s intentions, would serve as a "fresh start." We're all so much more virtuous now than President Washington ever was.
h/t Gates of Vienna
President Donald Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan early this morning where they laughed off the conspiracy theories about collusion and electoral interference while addressing reporters.
"Don’t meddle in our election, please," Trump said to Putin. He then repeated himself while wagging his finger toward the Russian leader.
[IsraelTimes] Social media platform says moderators of popular ’The Donald’ subreddit failed to take down posts calling to shoot Oregon police and politicians embroiled in climate change showdown.
With nearly 770,00 subscribers, the subreddit is the largest pro-Trump community online.
Reddit is the sixth most visited website in the United States and the 21st most visited in the world. The hugely popular platform operates like an online bulletin board, allowing users to anonymously form or join communities around shared interests, such as a sports team or hobby.
Reddit uses quarantines to restrict forums that, while not prohibited, have been classified as offensive or disturbing. Other political subreddits that have been quarantined include ones called "Debate the Alt Right" and "Full Communism."
A quarantine does not block or delete the forum from the site, but requires visitors to see a warning message and to explicitly opt-in to view it.
[NYPOST] Presidential contender Andrew Yang ...2020 Democratic presidential candidate. Unlike most other Dem 2020 candidates, he has actually done things besides politix in his adult life. He worked in startups and early-stage growth companies as a founder or executive from 2000 to 2009. After he founded Venture for America, the Obama administration selected him in 2012 as a Champion of Change and in 2015 as a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship. His signature campaign policy is what he calls the Freedom Dividend, a form of Universal Basic Income for every American over 18. Yang believes UBI is a necessary response to the rapid development of automation that is leading to workforce challenges. The other two central elements of Yang's platform are Medicare for All and Human-Centered Capitalism.... , who barely chimed in during Thursday night’s debate, had an even better excuse ‐ saying his mic was "not on" when he tried to speak.
"There were also a few times, FYI, where I just started talking, be debating like, ’Hey, I want to add something there,’ and my mic was not on," Yang told supporters after the Miami debate.
"And it’s this sort of thing where, it’s not like if you started talking, it takes over the [conversation]. It’s like I was talking, but nothing was happening. And it was like, ’Oh f‐.’ So that happened a bit, too," he added.
An NBC front man told the The Post in a statement: "At no point during the debate was any candidate’s microphone turned off or muted."
Yang, who has run on a platform of giving every American a guaranteed $1,000 a month, had a mere 2 minutes and 58 seconds of speaking time ‐ the least amount of all 20 candidates who took part in two debates, according to The New York Times
...which still proudly displays Walter Duranty's Pulitzer prize... .
"... and I had the mic, I was talking and the thoughts were forming but nothing was coming out... the others were going on, and I wanted to go on too and I thought ohh ! I just didn't think it would be like this ! And before I new it, it was over...."
[HOTAIR] Quick version: The House passed a bill to provide humanitarian aid to the border, then the Senate killed it and passed its own humanitarian bill with heavy bipartisan support. House progressives wanted to balk because the Senate bill didn’t include certain provisions they were demanding, like a 90-day limit to holding migrant children. But the moderates in the Dem caucus rebelled, opposing language in the House bill that would have reduced funding for ICE to fight human trafficking and insisting that the Senate bill ‐ which drew dozens of Democratic votes in the upper chamber ‐ would do just fine. Facing defeat on the floor and worried that further congressional inaction on immigration would hurt Dems in purple districts, Pelosi caved and called a vote on the Senate bill. It passed with more than 300 votes, including 129 Democrats.
[THEWEEK] Former Vice President Joe Foreign Policy Whiz Kid Biden ...The former Senator-for-Life from Delaware, an example of the kind of top-notch Washington intellect to be found in the World's Greatest Deliberative Body... gave perhaps the most disastrous performance by a frontrunner in the history of presidential primary debates on Thursday night. Throughout the evening, Biden sounded aloof and evasive. There was not a single moment when his words or behavior suggested the ease and confidence of someone in control of his political destiny. He was not even in control of his own limbs. I cannot remember ever seeing anything more strange in a political debate than the weird spasmodic gestures he made in response to the questions candidates were supposed to answer by raising or not raising their hands.
Asked to name the first thing he would try to do after being elected president, Biden said that he would "defeat Donald Trump ...Perhaps no man has ever had as much fun being president of the US... ." Did he mean in battle? (To be fair, idiots in the audience applauded him for this anyway). Nor did he seem to realize that there was any contradiction between his insistence that the Affordable Care Act was more or less the last word in Democratic health-care policy and his support for giving health care to illegal immigrants colonists, which ObamaCare does not cover. He seemed genuinely proud of the compromise he helped to negotiate that made the Bush tax cuts permanent. Worst of all, though, was his confused and confusing response to Sen. Kámala Harris Former Oakland mayor Willie Brown's former mistress, now a senatrix from California and 2020 Dem presidential hopeful, indistinguishable from the others... ' (D-Calif.) criticism of his nostalgia for the good old days of cutting back-room deals with segregationists and principled opposition to federal busing. Biden looked utterly lost.
This was not just my impression. The post-debate headlines for Biden were uniformly terrible. Already there are reports that he is not cooperating with his handlers during debate preparation, that he is "set in his ways," and that members of his staff are "freaking out," though a spokeswoman for the campaign has, naturally, denied this. But I hope for Biden's sake she's fibbing. It would be a gross dereliction of duty for anyone close to the former vice president not to be panicking after his first debate performance.
Like Hillary, Biden believes all he has to do is show up. Unlike Hillary, showing up at all is disastrous for him. His biggest donor just rang off "for now." I anticipate a popcorn shortage so stock up now.
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06/29/2019 6:44 Comments ||
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.