12/5 — In which justice is not served.

Three things that happened:

1 — Back in April 2015, a video emerged of Officer Michael Slager shooting in the back and killing Walter Scott after Scott fled a traffic stop in South Carolina. A witness filmed the murder and uploaded it, where it went viral. Today, the jury for this trial was unable to reach a verdict after one of the twelve jurors could not “with good conscience consider a guilty verdict”. With the jury members unable to come to a decision, the judge declared it a mistrial, and now the prosecuting attorney, Scarlett Wilson has said that, “We will try Michael Slager again. We hope the federal and state courts will coordinate efforts regarding any future trial dates, but we stand ready whenever the court calls.” Even the Chair of the South Carolina GOP called it “An absolute travesty and abdication of justice.”

2 —Yesterday, two blocks from where I live at a popular local pizza spot called Comet Ping Pong, a South Carolina man named Edgar Maddison Welch entered through the back door with three guns and claimed he wanted to “self-investigate” the “Pizzagate” bullshit conspiracy. The restaurant was evacuated, the gunman fired multiple shots into the floor, and was eventually arrested by DC Police.

For the last month, Comet (and neighboring restaurants) have been getting harassed —over the phone, online and in person — by people wanting to prove their delusions real. I’ve eaten at Comet three times since the story broke and each time the server, manager, or bartender I’ve talked to has said at least 50% of their phone calls have been verbal harassment from all over the world.

A few points here — David Graham of the Atlantic today wrote,

The allegations against Welch are interesting because they follow the archetypal narrative of Islamist terrorism self-radicalization. A young man begins reading on the Internet; over time, he comes to believe mainstream sources that are questionable, misleading, or downright false; eventually, he decides to arm himself and take matters into his own hands on behalf of a political cause.

In that same piece, Graham writes about how Michael Flynn, Jr. — son of future National Security Advisor General Flynn — has been pushing the Pizzagate story as real news. This wouldn’t be such a big deal if Flynn wasn’t his father’s chief of staff previously and was now being given a .gov email address, more or less confirming that the White House will now have a Pizzagate truther working inside.

3 — The New York Times published two opinion pieces today, both of which are must-reads.

The first was by Christopher Suprun, a GOP Elector from Texas who explains why he will not be casting his electoral vote for Trump. His reasoning is solid and he is very clear as a lifelong Republican, he cannot vote for PEOTUS. It is a powerful and intelligent read.

George W. Bush is an imperfect man, but he led us through the tragic days following the attacks. His leadership showed that America was a great nation. That was also the last time I remember the nation united. I watch Mr. Trump fail to unite America and drive a wedge between us.
Mr. Trump goes out of his way to attack the cast of “Saturday Night Live” for bias. He tweets day and night, but waited two days to offer sympathy to the Ohio State community after an attack there. He does not encourage civil discourse, but chooses to stoke fear and create outrage.
This is unacceptable. For me, America is that shining city on a hill that Ronald Reagan envisioned. It has problems. It has challenges. These can be met and overcome just as our nation overcame Sept. 11.

The second as by Evan McMullin, who you may know as the fifth highest vote-getter in the 2016 Election. McMullin is ex-CIA and worked as the chief policy director for the House Republican Conference.

A congresswoman asked him about his plans to protect Article I of the Constitution, which assigns all federal lawmaking power to Congress.
Mr. Trump interrupted her to declare his commitment to the Constitution — even to parts of it that do not exist, such as “Article XII.” Shock swept through the room as Mr. Trump confirmed one of our chief concerns about him: He lacked a basic knowledge of the Constitution.

Three more things, tomorrow evening.

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