Out of My Mind | License Abused, License Revoked?

Anyone who thought Marilyn Mosby could get convictions from the Freddie Gray killing doesn’t know how the system works. It’s the “Murder on the Orient Express” syndrome: when everyone takes part, no individual can be found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

What Mosby did that was, dare I say, revolutionary was that she got indictments which should, as they say, put each and every fucker on notice that their licenses to kill have maybe been suspended.

And that’s how the system should and must work: incrementally. Get a small gain, keep it from being taken back, defend it, hold it, till it becomes the new normal.

Anyone who disses Mosby over failing to get a conviction is nuts. She’s a hero.

Did I just say licensed to kill?

New York City on Tuesday agreed to pay $5.75 million to the mother of a mentally ill black man who died in 2013 after he was found in his cell naked and covered in feces at Rikers Island, court records show.
Bradley Ballard, 39, was locked in his cell at the problem-plagued New York City jail complex and deprived of running water and sufficient insulin for his diabetes for six days leading up to his death on Sept. 11, 2013. (Link.)

Mosby, as I said, hero; this player in the judicial system is just a monster:

Suspended Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, who instructed probate judges to adhere to the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, even after the Supreme Court’s Obergefell ruling, says the ethics charges he faces are “ridiculous” since he never “encourage[d] anyone to defy a federal court or state court order.”

Amazingly, some people can actually get confused with who is which.


Every time a black person gets killed by a cop in America, I think about Perry Jones.
He was 19 years old and apparently homeless when he climbed onto the roof of a barbecue shack in Columbus, Georgia, shimmied down the chimney and hacked some meat out of a freezer with a cleaver. When he climbed up and out onto the roof of the restaurant, it was surrounded by cops — nine, by one officer’s count.
A sergeant who was an excellent shot and had recently won a sharpshooting competition took a bead on Perry Jones and killed him as he stood up there on the roof — no more than eight feet from the ground. (Link.)

President Trump:

The Republicans in Congress are admirably leading a fight to save the Internet this week, and need all the help the American people can give them to be successful. Congress needs to act, or Internet freedom will be lost for good, since there will be no way to make it great again once it is lost.

Saving the internet: Republican policy includes making it unaffordable and unavailable which magically somehow must extend internet freedom by making it less available and more restricted by private interests. I know: Making America more awesome and great again by fucking over Americans even more in order to serve special interests.


Donald Trump wanted only the pretty ones, his employees said.
After the Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes opened for play in 2005, its world-famous owner didn’t stop by more than a few times a year to visit the course hugging the coast of the Pacific.
When Trump did visit, the club’s managers went on alert. They scheduled the young, thin, pretty women on staff to work the clubhouse restaurant — because when Trump saw less-attractive women working at his club, according to court records, he wanted them fired.
“I had witnessed Donald Trump tell managers many times while he was visiting the club that restaurant hostesses were ‘not pretty enough’ and that they should be fired and replaced with more attractive women,” Hayley Strozier, who was director of catering at the club until 2008, said in a sworn declaration.
Initially, Trump gave this command “almost every time” he visited, Strozier said. Managers eventually changed employee schedules “so that the most attractive women were scheduled to work when Mr. Trump was scheduled to be at the club,” she said. (Link.)

That was then; now we get the lawsuit for wrongful termination. Another one that Trump will win, by which I mean settle and then lie about it. Hope he has enough money in his foundation.

In a conference call with surrogates Wednesday afternoon, Trump aides made clear the Republican nominee is upset that his allies publicly acknowledged they pushed him to change his preparation and tactics before his next bout with Hillary Clinton.
And he wants them to stop it immediately.
The message was “not subtle,” a source familiar with the call said.
Trump wants his supporters to make an energetic defense of his performance and refuse to concede that he didn’t nail it. (Link.)

Just like every other thin-skinned tyrant. Besides, the one primary rule is: Never diminish the brand. The brand is the most important thing.

There he goes again, breaking laws. Of course, when your alleged wealth rests on pushing legal boundaries, you can’t avoid breaking the occasional law.

Anyway: Can someone please provide a translation of this:

“I never said I didn’t pay taxes”, Trump clarified in a Bill O’Reilly interview last nightafter Clinton speculated exactly that during Monday’s debate. “I said, ‘Well, that would make me smart,’ because tax is a big payment. But a lot of people say, ‘That’s the kind of thinking that I want running this nation.’”

Does he mean tax-dodging is smart? Just being a punk deadbeat is smart? Making those of modest incomes pay his bill is smart?

While Trump attempted to downplay the 1970’s federal lawsuit against his company for refusing to rent to black Americans, fact checkers are once again calling foul; a book by Washington Post reporters Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher called the suit “one of the most significant racial bias cases of the era.” (Link; more about it — like facts — here. The suit, I mean, not more lies from Trump.)

Me, I love how the Trumps used public funds and clearance obtained through payments to politicians to build de facto segregated housing. Imagine: Segregated housing built with taxpayer money in New York. May be wrong, but I think this is what Trump considers great.

But the reality is thatClinton favors strengthening the already-tough regulations on Wall Street created by Dodd-Frank, by levying a risk fee on the largest banks and tightening the Volcker Rule. Trump, on the other hand, proposes “close to dismantling of Dodd-Frank,” which, he claims, “has made it impossible for bankers to function.” This is a conventional Republican policy agenda strongly endorsed by Wall Street. Now, it is true that Wall Street does not like Trump, but this is not because he would regulate their activity, but because he is a dangerous buffoon who might bring down the world economy and them with it. (Link.)

Query: Does he ever not lie?

“Did your cousin John give you the Hitler speeches?” I asked Trump.
Trump hesitated. “Who told you that?”
“I don’t remember,” I said.
“Actually, it was my friend Marty Davis from Paramount who gave me a copy of Mein Kampf, and he’s a Jew.” (“I did give him a book about Hitler,” Marty Davis said. “But it was My New Order, Hitler’s speeches, not Mein Kampf. I thought he would find it interesting. I am his friend, but I’m not Jewish.”)
Later, Trump returned to this subject. “If I had these speeches, and I am not saying that I do, I would never read them.”


A beautiful mind at work:

Look, having nuclear — my uncle was a great professor and scientist and engineer, Dr. John Trump at MIT; good genes, very good genes, OK, very smart, the Wharton School of Finance, very good, very smart — you know, if you’re a conservative Republican, if I were a liberal, if, like, OK, if I ran as a liberal Democrat, they would say I’m one of the smartest people anywhere in the world — it’s true! — but when you’re a conservative Republican they try — oh, do they do a number — that’s why I always start off: Went to Wharton, was a good student, went there, went there, did this, built a fortune — you know I have to give my like credentials all the time, because we’re a little disadvantaged — but you look at the nuclear deal, the thing that really bothers me — it would have been so easy, and it’s not as important as these lives are (nuclear is powerful; my uncle explained that to me many, many years ago, the power and that was 35 years ago; he would explain the power of what’s going to happen and he was right — who would have thought?), but when you look at what’s going on with the four prisoners — now it used to be three, now it’s four — but when it was three and even now, I would have said it’s all in the messenger; fellas, and it is fellas because, you know, they don’t, they haven’t figured that the women are smarter right now than the men, so, you know, it’s gonna take them about another 150 years — but the Persians are great negotiators, the Iranians are great negotiators, so, and they, they just killed, they just killed us.


Hypnotic repetition of monosyllables to inculcate a distracted electorate with a sense of his genius. Maybe he is the smartest after all.

Spewing shit is a tool of persuasion. Weakens the listener who, in a detached, default mode, starts to agree. It takes a poorly socialized mind to listen to a spew like to think: Christ, what an asshole.

Someone has an opinion on Cheating Donald as critic of the Clinton marriage:

Chelsea Clinton is firing back at Donald Trump’s suggestion that he showed restraint in not broaching the subject of her father’s extramarital affairs during the first presidential debate.
“Well, my reaction to that is just what my reaction has been kind of every time Trump has gone after my mom or my family, which is that it’s a distraction from his inability to talk about what’s actually at stake in this election,” the former first daughter told Cosmopolitan. She continued by listing policy areas, such as national security and rising college tuition costs, as examples of topics Trump is unable to coherently discuss, much less debate.


The way it always happens when an elite gets out of control and overly self-interested:

Hitler’s rise was not inevitable, in Mr. Ullrich’s opinion. There were numerous points at which his ascent might have been derailed, he contends; even as late as January 1933, “it would have been eminently possible to prevent his nomination as Reich chancellor.” He benefited from a “constellation of crises that he was able to exploit cleverly and unscrupulously” — in addition to economic woes and unemployment, there was an “erosion of the political center” and a growing resentment of the elites. The unwillingness of Germany’s political parties to compromise had contributed to a perception of government dysfunction, Mr. Ullrich suggests, and the belief of Hitler supporters that the country needed “a man of iron” who could shake things up. “Why not give the National Socialists a chance?” a prominent banker said of the Nazis. “They seem pretty gutsy to me.” (Link.)

If we accept the premise that society cannot, or will not, simply build our way out of a crisis of homelessness, the role of lawyers in affecting the lives of those most impacted must not be overlooked.

No, lawyers can only be fingers in a huge cracking dike. The problem is far bigger: The lack of a system to help people stay in their homes. A more aggressive legal position is no more than bandaids.

This how you do it, bottom up, by exposing kids to something new they can’t get from their parents, providing safe places, supporting them:

Misty Copeland will never forget her first ballet class.
She was 13 years old when it happened. At that age, she was used to sitting in the bleachers overlooking a basketball court at her Boys & Girls Club in San Pedro, California, watching her brothers play. But on this particular day, she was invited to watch a ballet class on the court instead.
“The teacher called me to come down from the bleachers to join the class with the rest of the girls,” she recalled in a phone interview with The Huffington Post on Tuesday night. “I was so shy ― I never wanted to do it. I was in my socks and my shorts and my T-shirt. And it was terrifying and exciting all at the same time. And that was that. I never looked back.” (Link.)

The public sector used to be better at this, for one brief progressive era. Now it’s on us. (Which is why I donate my crumbs to charities who don’t get support from the elite but — shocking! — still manage to do god’s work.)

And this is what we have to fight:

For years, the Douglas County commissioners have reduced the budget of the county’s 11 libraries, serving 100,000 residents, and they’ve vowed to zero out its budget next year, so the library’s supporters got a ballot initiative to create a Special Library District that would keep the doors open — naturally, the county has removed all mention of the initiative from its website, using dirty tricks to finish off its dirty work.

There is no question that the recovery from the global recession triggered by the 2008 financial crisis has been unusually lengthy and anemic. Some still expect an upswing in growth. But, eight years after the crisis erupted, what the global economy is experiencing is starting to look less like a slow recovery than like a new low-growth equilibrium. Why is this happening, and is there anything we can do about it? (Link.)

Crush demand via mass impoverishment, cripple growth.

Hitler’s repertoire of topics, Mr. Ullrich notes, was limited, and reading his speeches in retrospect, “it seems amazing that he attracted larger and larger audiences” with “repeated mantralike phrases” consisting largely of “accusations, vows of revenge and promises for the future.” But Hitler virtually wrote the modern playbook on demagoguery, arguing in “Mein Kampf” that propaganda must appeal to the emotions — not the reasoning powers — of the crowd. Its “purely intellectual level,” Hitler said, “will have to be that of the lowest mental common denominator among the public it is desired to reach.” Because the understanding of the masses “is feeble,” he went on, effective propaganda needed to be boiled down to a few slogans that should be “persistently repeated until the very last individual has come to grasp the idea that has been put forward.” (Link.)

Maybe he read this Nazi book or that one, but Deplorable Donald clearly learned his lesson.

Bipartisan neocon foreign policy, making the world a better place:

“President Obama has long refused to approve direct military intervention in Syria,” theNew York Times asserted in an editorial (9/29/16) about “Vladimir Putin’s Outlaw State.”
That’s a peculiar thing to say, given that the Times regularly covers the United States’ ongoing direct military intervention in Syria. Since 2014, according to official Pentagon figures, the US has carried out 5,337 airstrikes in Syria. According to the monitoring group Airwars, these airstrikes (along with a few hundred strikes by US allies) have likely killedbetween 818 and 1,229 Syrian civilians.
Nor is direct US military intervention in Syria limited to aerial attacks. In May 2015, theNew York Times (5/16/15) reported on a combat raid by US Delta Force commandos in eastern Syria. Later that year, the Times (10/30/15) observed that President Barack Obama had announced he was sending (in the paper’s words) “several dozen” special forces troops on an “open-ended mission” inside Syria. (Link.)

Dear “conservatives”; You don’t have to pull bullshit out of your ass; there are actual facts with which you can criticize Obama. Of course, in this case, you’d be beating him up for doing the same thing y’all would do and have more or less done. But sanity never stopped y’all.

Let’s take a break from party-driven contempt and focus on a reason for people on both sides of the aisle to share in a unified contempt for their Congress. A few days ago, the Senate and the House overwhelmingly voted to override President Obama’s veto of the bill that “allows victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to sue Saudi Arabia.” Within hours, some of the senators that voted for the override sent a letter proclaiming their concern about the measure they had just passed. Shortly after that, Senate Majority Leader McConnell reflected on the vote: “It appears as if there may be some unintended ramifications.” He added that, “Everybody was aware of who the potential beneficiaries were, but nobody had really focused on the potential downsides in terms of our international relationships.” Nobody? Well, nobody except the administration and the president who had vetoed the law for precisely those downsides. (Link.)

Shameless. Of course they knew what they were passing. Are they really that irresponsible? Do they really expect anyone beyond their base to believe such complete horseshit?

And speaking of bipartisan foreign policy disasters, the Afghanistan war or whatever is fifteen years old come 7 October. When we bash Obama for not really dropping this disaster, two questions should come to mind: Politically, was retreating viable? You know he’d get beaten up by the Republicans if he did, big time. That they invaded in the first place then failed to do shit in seven years is, for those people and their base, irrelevant. (Crazy, right?) Better: If it was his call, do you think he’d have invaded in the first place?


Of course I know how awful Hillary is. Doesn’t mean she’s still not vastly superior to Trump. She is.

Too: We must remember that the schmuck in the White House is far less important than we believe and we must fight 24/7/365 for what we want and need. That’s what they do, and they’re winning.