I’m not really being too terribly snarky tonight … just a little bit, ‘k? After all, if I didn’t snark a little, you’d worry that I was sick!
Finally! A real Department of Justice with a real Attorney General at the helm!
It sure is good to have a Department of Justice that is no longer the lapdog of a corrupt president, a Justice Department led by a man of integrity. The Justice Department has opened a number of investigations into police departments to determine if there is a “a pattern of discrimination or excessive force within its ranks”, announced Attorney General Merrick Garland. One such city, of course, is Minneapolis, Minnesota, where Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd by kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly ten minutes. Another is Portland, Oregon, where police were failing to comply with a previous reform agreement after its officers used excessive force against demonstrators – including firing impact munitions against people suspected of having “furtive” conversations – following the death of George Floyd.
And, at long last, the Department of Justice will also be assessing the police department in Louisville, Kentucky, where police fatally shot Breonna Taylor as she slept in her own bed in her apartment. It’s about time … these are steps that the former Attorney General should have taken long ago, but he was on a short leash and refused to stand for justice, but rather stood in fear of the former president. Said AG Garland …
“The investigation will assess whether LMPD [Louisville Metro Police Department] engages in a pattern or practice of using unreasonable force, including with respect to people involved in peaceful, expressive activities. It will determine whether LMPD engages in unconstitutional stops, searches and seizures, as well as whether the department unlawfully executes search warrants on private homes.”
Two thumbs up to Attorney General Merrick Garland for restoring the ‘Justice’ to the Department of Justice. Stay tuned …
A nasty voice from the past …
Do you remember Rick Santorum, former Republican senator from Pennsylvania from 1995-2007? He launched an unsuccessful bid to become the Republican nominee for president in 2012, but was beaten by Mitt Romney, who was then beaten in the general election by the incumbent, Barack Obama. Santorum has always been a nasty piece of work, but that didn’t stop when he left the Senate. Since 2017, Santorum has been a political commentator for CNN, go figure.
Last week, speaking to a group of conservative youth, the Young America’s Foundation, Santorum attempted to show off his ‘knowledge’ of history. Only trouble is, he’s just as ignorant as he acts …
“If you think about this country, I don’t know of any other country in the world that was settled predominantly by people who were coming to practice their faith. They came here because they were not allowed to practice their particular faith in their own country and so they came here mostly from Europe and they set up a country that was based on Judeo-Christian principles — I say Judeo-Christian — the Mosaic laws, Ten Commandments and the teachings of Jesus Christ, the morals and teachings of Jesus Christ. That’s what our founding documents are based upon. It’s in our DNA.
We came here and created a blank slate. We birthed a nation from nothing. I mean, there was nothing here. I mean, yes, we have Native Americans, but candidly, there isn’t much Native American culture in American culture. It was born of the people who came here pursuing religious liberty to practice their faith. To live as they ought to live.”
In our DNA??? Needless to say, that line of bullshit stirred some ire and many are now calling for CNN to oust him. First of all, this nation was not founded on any particular religion, but rather on a call for freedom of religion. Half of the country do not identify as ‘Christians’ … and we are people, too! But his comments on Native Americans were beyond the pale, any way you cut it.
A number of groups and individuals, including politicians, have chimed in regarding Santorum’s racist remarks, but I think my favourite is Mark Pocan, Democratic congressman for Wisconsin, who wrote …
“Native & Indigenous nations lived, governed, and thrived here before their land was stolen and they were murdered in a mass genocide, you ignorant white supremacist.”
Sums it up nicely … need I say more?
Security measures are good, but I’ll still be holding my breath
On Wednesday, President Joe Biden will deliver his first address to a joint session of Congress. Typically, newly-elected presidents address the joint session in late February of their first term, but a couple of factors delayed Biden’s address. One, of course, was the coronavirus pandemic, but the other has the potential to be equally deadly: the threat of violence.
After the fateful January 6th domestic terrorist attacks on the U.S. Capitol and on Congress itself, certain of the groups such as Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, Three Percenters and more, immediately began planning their next attack: President Biden’s first address to a joint session of Congress. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman warned in February …
“We know that members of the militia groups that were present on January 6th have stated their desires that they want to blow up the Capitol and kill as many members as possible with a direct nexus to the State of the Union1, which we know that date has not been identified. So based on that information, we think that it’s prudent that Capitol Police maintain its enhanced and robust security posture until we address those vulnerabilities going forward.”
That said, security will be tight for this event. National Guard troops and fencing around the Capitol will remain in place. There will be limits on the number of politicians who will be allowed on the floor of the House, and some will even be seated in the visitors’ gallery. Senators and Representatives won’t be allowed to invite any guests and masks will be mandatory.
I believe that every possible security measure will be in place on that day. However, nobody can anticipate everything, and it was proven after the January 6th attack that some members of law enforcement and the military participated in the attack. Let us hope that the day goes off without a hitch, and that if any insurrectionists attempt anything, they are thrown into a cell and treated like the criminals they are. Still … I will breathe much easier when the event has passed.
1 Note that the address to the joint session of Congress is not actually a State of the Union address, for it is understood that a president who has been in office only a month or two will not be able to present a full state of the union, but rather will address Congress on the issues at hand. Many people fail to understand this distinction.