IMO: THE CONVICTION OF KIM POTTER

I haven’t been following the trial of Kim Potter, the Minneapolis Police Officer who was recently convicted of the manslaughter of Daunte Wright, a Black motorist. I try not to pay attention to these court cases because a lot of the times the results of the trials are not want you really want. It erodes the idea of democracy and that everyone gets treated the same under the law. This case is no different. Potter, a veteran officer without any other disciplinary actions to speak of or that was reported, was convicted of first degree manslaughter. This is not to say that the family of Daunte Wright doesn’t deserve justice, but the charges against Potter doesn’t fit how the law reads. To be guilty of first degree manslaughter, it requires intent to harm but not necessarily an intent to kill, or that the action that preceded it was unlawful, i.e. a guy approaches someone at a bar and punches him because of an off color remark where the intent was to create harm but not to kill. Potter was doing her lawful duty when the incident occurred therefore negating any possibility of it ever being first degree manslaughter. She was there, doing her job. The second degree charge required prosecutors to prove Potter caused his death “by her culpable negligence,” meaning that Potter “caused an unreasonable risk and consciously took a chance of causing death or great bodily harm” to Wright, but Wright was refusing to follow the officer’s orders creating the necessity to use an intermediate weapon. Here’s the tricky part, the prosecution admitted that Potter actually thought she had her taser and not her service weapon when she shot. That statement by the prosecution negates the officer creating great bodily harm or consciously trying to cause anyone’s death because Taser’s are seen as non lethal intermediate weapons, by the same people that prosecuted Potter. I’m not saying Potter isn’t guilty of something, just not what they charged her with.

Potter was railroaded, not by the prosecutors or Daunte Wright’s family, but by every officer that should have been charged for manslaughter and got away with it. Her sentencing is a causation (don’t know if that’s the right word) of circumstances that are out of her control. In Florida, back in the 1950’s, a Sheriff took three black inmates from the jail to the court. He stopped in a secluded area and put three bullets in each one before they reached the court room for trial. That was the treatment. No one questioned him about it and he merely stated that the still handcuffed dead black youths tried to escape. You don’t even have to go back that far. Recently, the Supreme Court just found that a black inmate that died in a jail after a tussle with the police, inside the cell, was justifiable because somehow the definitions, literally just the words from a previous case, didn’t line up to find a conviction of the officers.

With all the protests, bad publicity, screams for justice because of what I believe to be bad decisions or rulings, in my opinion (which doesn’t mean much), all, by the way, seemed right to me and I agree with (the protests and bad publicity not the rulings, wanted to make that clear), except for the looting ( I don’t agree with looting), Potter was fighting a battle she had no way of winning even though she should have, easily. This a rebound effect, where you pull on something and then you let go, it snaps to the other side with ferocity, until you can come to a center or mutual understanding of how things should work. I see a lot of reporting on what newspapers call bad policing but when I read the circumstances, it seems like that the officer was right in his decision. The fight is on against qualified immunity, but you have to be careful that when presenting your opposition, that the case does, in fact, show that qualified immunity is the reason for the non conviction and not the circumstances.

I don’t blame Wright for his fear of the police, given the previous given example about how you could die in a jail cell, where you are ultimately in someone else’s care, or for him running, but it was still wrong according to the law. The courts are ultimately responsible. They have to see the facts for what they are and not impose a requirement for accountability that is so absurd that it creates fear in the public of predators with badges that run wild doing what they want when they want. Accountability is a cornerstone of a civil society. For this experiment, democracy, to work, you have to make sure that everyone follows the rules, not just a certain segment of the population.

My blarticle states that both sides are right and that both sides are wrong. Until someone with good common sense comes and resolves this, and it has to come from the Supreme Court, this will be what happens in this country, bad people staying out of prison running everything and good people locked up. This case should have been resolved by a payout to the Wright family and the retirement of Officer Potter.

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THE CRAZIEST DREAMS

Do you ever just wake up and you had a dream where someone is asking you questions and you’re answering them but it’s actually another person that is answering them for you? You ever feel like a dummy that is caught in the middle of an investigation where the people investigating get away with the most atrocious shit because they are the ones that answer their own questions about the crimes that they committed? I guess if you put the people that commit the crimes in charge of investigating the crimes you can bet that there will never find out who did it. That brings me to Dulce Alavez, still can’t find who did it huh. I wonder why. And it wasn’t the Police. Lets be honest here, the only reason that such a tool would exist is so that the people that wield it can get away with stuff. It’s made to silence whistle blowers and people that have information against the people that have such capabilities.

OVERTHINKING POLITICS

The frenzy behind all these analysts over thinking why the Demos did so poorly is cracking me up. They’re coming up with crazy answers and off the wall remedies and blaming everything and every one while scratching their heads as to why the Repubs did so well. I think if you look at history, the Repubs always do well on off election years and there is a simple answer, Demos don’t care about politics like Repubs do. Repubs live and breathe politics…. and guns, Demos live and breathe parties and marijuana. The sentiment in off years, that would be any year that there isn’t a presidential election, is simply I don’t give a crap, last year was a pain in the ass. That Murphy won is more of a testament to Murphy, as no Demo has won NJ twice in a row in a long time, or maybe the obscure name of his opponent, than it is any Demo failures. Demos have won the popular vote since Mary Poppins was jumping off of roofs with umbrellas. The problem is that these news pundits don’t get how normal people just don’t care about politics, almost not at all, at least in the Demo side. Repubs are different, they live and breathe politics…. and probably gunpowder, explains why some they are so crazy and combustible. Demos are more in the realm of, I have to vote again, I just did that shit last year. I get how people whose whole lives are politics wouldn’t understand and they think that’s what Demos think about, they don’t, that’s why your shows aren’t the top rated shows but the Repub political shows are. Stop overthinking and find a way to make all elections in the same year. That will be the only way Demos win.

Inno(ld)vation

Innovation is like a mathematic equation, as time goes by, innovation replaces items quicker. As science starts rolling, like the debt clock, it starts to exponentially grow faster, where what was invented last year has now been replaced by something new and faster. I think that might be the motto for Apple’s IPhones. As electric vehicles start replacing gas powered cars, Hydrogen is already being talked as about the next revolution 5 years down the line. As electric charging stations become more readily available, someone is going to come up with the idea of integrating photovoltaic materials into the construction of the body of the car so the car recharges itself while parked and driving, at least during the day, making charging stations obsolete in about 10 years. Crazy ideas spurn ingenuity that makes things cheaper and good for the environment and economy. If you don’t pay for recharging or gas, then you have money to spend on unnecessary shit, btw, the name of the new chain store I plan to open up.

UPDATE: So… I guess there is an automaker that does that. Did not know that until after I wrote the article. The Sono Group.

HOW THE SUPREME COURT SHOULD JUDGE ABORTION

I don’t know how the Supreme Court is going to handle the current challenge to abortion, but, in my legal opinion, which won’t get you a cup of coffee even if you have the money to pay for it, the male judges should recuse themselves. I wouldn’t want to be the person telling a woman what she can and can’t do. If the ruling only affects women, shouldn’t only women be the judges? A man telling you what your duties as a woman are…. feels sort of 19th century. Most likely won’t happen.

IMO: QUALIFIED IMMUNITY

Qualified immunity only applies to suits against government officials as individuals, not suits against the government for damages caused by the officials’ actions. Although qualified immunity frequently appears in cases involving police officers, it also applies to most other executive branch officials.

A lot of people mistakenly believe this only applies to law enforcement, it doesn’t. It applies to anyone working for any government entity in the U.S.. It could be doctors, scientists, lawyers, groundskeepers, some federal contractors… as long as you derived your pay from a government agency, State or Federal. The problem with qualified immunity is that judges, who are also covered by this doctrine, have to see a violation of your rights for it this doctrine to be nullified and even then it’s a tough obstacle to get by if it doesn’t somehow state it explicitly in statutory or constitutional rights. I believe here is where an ipso facto doctrine should be made or invoked or placed into law. If the constitution was made to get rid of tyrannical behavior, then ipso facto, I like that word, it sounds funny, anyway, the ipso facto… anything that can be seen as illegal even though not clearly stated or defined should not fall under qualified immunity, or why did you make that freaking document, the constitution, in the first place. You know there is such a thing called the “spirit of the law” which means you do the right thing. Even if if the rules don’t explicitly say you can’t do something, because maybe it’s a new technology and it hasn’t been litigated yet, but you know it’s wrong, then doing it should end your qualified immunity, the reason why is because you are either a dumb dumb and shouldn’t be in that job, no malice, or just an evil asshole that should be in prison, with malice. Either way, qualified immunity is being tested but the problem, again, you are asking the government to hold itself more accountable, it’s going to be tough to do.

Ipso facto…. funny word…. latin for I’m drunk and can’t say is that a fact… right? No. It means by that very fact or act. In this case, by that very fact that the constitution was made to end tyrannical behavior, it should not be used to excuse it.

I DON’T UNDERSTAND

This is straight from the smart person, Google, where she/he tells me that….. “On Jan. 20, the nation’s largest insurer, UnitedHealth Group, reported its full-year 2020 profit of $15.4 billion, including $2.2 billion in profits for the fourth quarter, $3.2 billion in the third quarter and $6.6 billion in the second quarter.” And that’s profit alone during a pandemic. If we were to go to a government run health care system, like in most countries with way better health care, the government would not only have money for health care, it would have money for Social Security and it wouldn’t need to raise debt ceiling limits every four years and it would be cheaper for people because all the money gets pooled into one account instead of it being spread out to, how may companies, Google can you help me out….. ” In the United States, there are currently more than 900 health insurance companies that offer medical coverage.”…. Thanks Google…. That’s probably over 100 billion in profit alone every year. Better coverage, cheaper prices, better health care, save Social Security, maybe lower the over 20 trillion in debt that we owe? maybe…maybe not.

DO YOU THINK BLACK HOLES WERE USED TO SEND RADIO MESSAGES TO THE PAST?

So imagine that the theory of relativity was correct and that a black hole was maybe a time warp of space and matter allowing time to be bent and overlapped on itself. No human could survive the trip but what if we could send radio waves with messages that are in tune with brain waves? Do you think that’s how Einstein thought of his theory or how Da Vinci thought of helicopters way back when or how Newton thought of his principles? And if so why didn’t they send the formula for Nutella back, what’s wrong with these people?

RADIO WAVES FROM SPACE

Strange radio waves coming from the heart of the Milky Way stump scientists

By Katie Hunt, CNN

This is the heading in a article printed by CNN. In April, in one of my blarticles, I wrote that we should send radio signals through a black hole to see if they would travel back in time. That article will be reposted. What are the chances that those radio signals from the middle of the galaxy might be some kind of futuristic event. I mean probably almost nil but the timing is funny as hell. Maybe the unexplained radio signals are some future version of us sending back a message, most likely saying “stop arguing about politics you losers and fix the environment”. Maybe they are sending us methods to prevent a major climate disaster. That would be cool, we wouldn’t listen because I’m sure we would be busy arguing about if it was actually the Russians or Chinese or Kim Jung Un sending the message to destroy our way of life and bringing an end to fast food restaurants, but it would be cool.

According to one of the smartest people I know, Google, time travel is possible if, and I quote “General relativity. Time travel to the past is theoretically possible in certain general relativity spacetime geometries that permit traveling faster than the speed of light, such as cosmic strings, traversable wormholes, and Alcubierre drives.” Now, all I need is to find one of these Alcubierre’s and travel back in time. I don’t understand why we haven’t done that yet, instead we kill them and eat them instead of eating Tuna. Wait that’s an Albacore, I think the Alcubierre drive must be that new feature with the Lucid Air Dream Edition.

PANAMA

As the U.S. grapples with how to best deal with the Central American countries of El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Guatemala and what is the best way to curb illegal immigration, it needs only to look at two scenarios, Iraq and Panama, the two countries that we invaded with our military and tried to rebuild. While Iraq is seemingly a failure, Panama is thriving 30 years later. Why is that? No seriously, why is that? I think it has to do with the fact that one country was a democracy prior and the other wasn’t. One is surrounded by dictators while the other isn’t but mainly because one uses our currency as the every day currency while the other doesn’t. So it seems that, while our current leadership tries to figure out a way to curb immigration by taking down the drug trade and introducing business opportunities, as I read in a recent article, and I applaud those efforts, wish I had thought of that, the best way to get that desired result is to look no further than why Panama worked and you don’t see an over flow of Panamanians at our border. It seems that if you find a way to invade, and the same reasons that you invaded Panama might work,, and you use the same nation rebuilding tactics in those countries, introduce the American Dollar as the main currency, you will get your desired result and you will cure immigration once and for all and you will undoubtedly go down as one of the most effective administrations in the history of this country. You will also have the added bonus of controlling those countries currency, as we are the only country that prints the American Dollar. Panama worked, make that your blue print. I get that an “invasion” might be a tad much… Figure out another way to make the U.S. Dollar their every day currency. I guarantee you it will work or my name isn’t Orville Redenbaucher. Alright, it isn’t and I can’t guarantee it will work but it did in Panama.

There are a lot of unseen bonuses if their currency was our dollar but the biggest is your influence over anyone from the east (China) trying to influence countries in our backyard. Plus the Euro is a perfect example on how expanding a currency can make it stronger. Prior to the formation of the Euro, there were maybe two or three currencies in Europe that were stronger than ours, now, all of Europe has a stronger currency than the U.S.. I’m not saying it has to be the answer but it would resolve a lot of problems on this side of the Atlantic. I know that the fear is that we would be the Germany of the Euro on this side but that kind of selfish attitude is why China is going to surpass us as the superpower of the world. Stop being selfish and start thinking out of the box a little.