Down With RBG

12 07 2016

Washington, D.C.

People are now finally discovering that Ruth Bader Ginsburg is very partisan and ideological.

As if twenty-three years of rulings and opinions weren’t enough?

ZOMG IT’S SO HORRIBLE DAT SHE SAID SOMTHN BAD BOUT TRUMP HER INTEGRITY AND IMPARTIALITY AND JUDICIAL INDEPENDENCE LOL~!!!!!1

My lily white ass.  Spare me the crocodile concern.





Blogmeister Echo Syndrome

5 07 2016

Washington, D.C. and Roanoke, Virginia

Me, December 17, 2015:

DEINCARCERATION, OR IS IT?

Too many blacks in Federal prison doing excessively long sentences for relatively trivial drug crimes, because Black Lives Matter, Obama rides to the rescue with commutations.

However, if you’ve been paying close attention to local crime blotters for about the last five years, you’ll notice that, especially in stories about what would ordinarily be thought of as garden variety black street crime, that charges are being brought and dispensed in Federal court, not state court, resulting in Federal prison sentences.  U.S. Attorneys are getting more and more creative in finding hooks to bring ordinary black street crime into Federal jurisdiction, for several reasons:  One, they get them out of state courts, and keep them out of already overcrowded state prisons.  Two, Federal courts mean Federal juries meaning a wide geographical pool to pick jurors, meaning white juries, in contrast to a state jury in the relevant jurisdiction, which is bound to be way blacker — For instance, a state trial in St. Louis City encompasses the 22nd circuit, which is only the “county” of St. Louis City, and any jury in the 22nd will be heavily black; meanwhile, a Federal trial in St. Louis will have jurors that come from anywhere in the Federal trial level circuit for eastern Missouri, meaning white jurors.  Black jurors means nullification for black defendants.  Three, Federal cases often don’t get to a jury because they’re easy to prove and easy plea bargain fodder conspiracy or process crimes.

An armed robbery of a business in state court would be prosecuted as just that, armed robbery, or however it is termed per your state’s law.  The method that U.S. Attorneys are using to bring an armed robbery of a business into Federal court is the Hobbs Act, which was enacted with the intent of keeping labor union vs management disputes above board.  However, because it reads, “Whoever in any way or degree obstructs, delays, or affects [interstate] commerce or the movement of any article or commodity in commerce, by robbery or extortion or attempts or conspires so to do, or commits or threatens physical violence to any person or property in furtherance of a plan or purpose to do anything in violation of this section shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both,” then if N’Deshawntavious jacks a liquor store along Natural Bridge on the North Side, and the liquor store acquires bottles of liquor from across state lines, and you know all liquor stores do that, then N’Deshawntavious is obstructing interstate commerce by robbery, meaning the Feds are going to try him on 10th and Pine for Hobbs Act, not the state trying him on Tucker and Market for armed robbery.  The Feds will cage him for 20 years, instead of Missouri caging him for 10 years.  Here’s a hint:  Do a Google News Search of “Hobbs Act” and see how many stories you get that involve garden variety armed robberies.

So, how do we reconcile all this talk about deincarceration and the trend of shoving more ghetto blacks into Federal prison?

The answer is yes.

Deincarceration is about getting middle aged men who are in for long bids other than murder out of Federal prison because they’re middle age and not quite as dangerous as they were when they were younger, because middle age, because the way of all flesh.  And, you get ’em out of prison before they start developing health problems that prison infirmaries are ill equipped to treat, again because middle age/the way of all flesh.  You get them out so you can get a whole new fresh crop of young N’Deshawntaviouses into those cells.

A few weeks ago, in the last few days of the ’15-’16 SCOTUS term, they handed down this decision.  I totally missed this news, but a reader, cognizant of my theory, e-mailed me this story this afternoon.

Other people are finally figuring out what I did last year, as you can read.  That is, all this talk about deincarceration and overincarceration is bullshit if at the same time the Feds are getting increasingly creative to find ways to ship ordinary street crime into Federal court.

Ahead of the curve, honey bunch.  Paying attention and noticing things.

Victory lap.





Last Day of School

23 06 2016

Washington, D.C.

On the Texas affirmative action case and the immigration case:

(1) I was never optimistic about the Fisher case, at least in terms of the Federal courts invalidating the Texas top ten percent system, because I can’t think of any Federal constitutional grounds to invalidate it.

(2) I’m definitely happy with the immigration decision, except I don’t think it’ll actually matter, because Baraq Obama will probably keep on paddling in spite of the decision.  Or, if he wants to pretend to comply with the court decision, his lawyers can cook up some way to do what he wants effectively while complying with the court.  All the court decision means was all the court case was all about when you get down to the bare metal of the hard drive:  Whether the executive branch had the legal authority to hand out work permits to “undocumented” persons en masse and like candy, and the effective ruling of SCOTUS today was that the answer is no.  Obama can keep on not enforcing immigration law, and as far as that goes, what else is new?  But in theory, because the “undocumented” won’t have work permits, they won’t be able to work.

But there are two ways which I think Obama can do an end-run around this decision:  One, bring deportation civil cases against illegal aliens he wants to have work permits.  That’s because once the Feds do, the illegal alien gets a work permit pending the outcome of the case, and of course, the Feds won’t exactly push hard in their end of these civil cases.  Two, a work permit allows someone to hire an undocumented person without fear of Federal prosecution of hiring an illegal alien, therefore, all Obama needs to do is telegraph through back channels that there will be no prosecution of those who hire illegal aliens without work permits, and that, depending on how the election turns out, if Trump wins, then Obama will do a mass pardon for those that do on the morning of January 20 so that Trump’s incoming Attorney General can’t prosecute them, or if Hillary wins, she’ll continue the non-prosecution policy.





Sonie Hearts Ta

20 06 2016

Washington, D.C.

Remember, she’s the wise Latina.

So what’s she doing gushing all this love on all these blacks in her highly irrelevant dissenting opinion?  Aren’t there any Latin@ militants she can shout out for the record of the Supreme Court?

Also remember the case didn’t have anything to do with black people.  It grew out of a cop stopping a white guy in SLC and finding meth.  Sonia Sotomayor the wise Latina sides with the white guy and still feels the need to drag black bodies into it.

Next time, she’ll end her opinion with “Boo Yeah.”





I Know It’s Old News, But…

14 06 2016

San Diego

Remember what we were talking about last week, i.e. ancient history?

I just couldn’t get over the contradiction between the official Republican Party telling us all these years that we need to vote for Republicans no matter how bad they are because judges, on the one hand, and the official Republican Party telling us that Donald Trump is wrong for criticizing a Democrat-appointed Federal judge for his past and potentially future biased rulings, on the other hand.

Though you all keep forgetting that I have a Ferrari mind, and therefore, I can power my way through most contradictions and paradoxes.

In this case, it could be as simple as pure Trump Derangement Syndrome.

I think there’s something else at work.

We’re allowed to talk about ideology, but not about people.  Applied to matters like these, it’s okay if we criticize Democrat-appointed Federal judges purely on ideological and philosophical terms alone.  But it is not okay if we try to link a judge’s ideology to a judge’s race or ethnicity and make the case that the latter shapes the former.  It’s why (((neoconservatives))) will mostly never like Trump in spite of the fact that he’s coincidence and parenthesis friendly for the most part.  It’s because noticing things about groups of people and then stating it in public about groups other than the coincidences will always scare the hell out of coincidences, because they know that once people start making collective group assessments of Mexicans and Muslims, then it’s not a far leap to start doing the same about coincidences, even for those who are otherwise coincidence-friendly.





Skip Town

6 06 2016

Downtown

If you were a witness in the Darren Wilson grand jury, my advice to you right now is to leave town, and never come back.

Unless you like the idea of someone making lots of holes in you.





Brewing Behind My Back

31 05 2016

Downtown

While I wasn’t looking, a brand new fresh soap opera has started around here.  It’s this business about SLPS et al versus the state and the city’s charter schools over how revenue from a sales tax for edumacation is appropriated.  It was a sales tax that was passed 17 years ago as part of the deal to wind down interdistrict deseg.  And all this time later, as far as I know, interdistrict deseg is still actually occurring.  Isn’t that odd.

Anyway, people may be wondering why the NAACP is siding with the SLPS against the charter schools.  And that’s easy — The St. Louis NAACP, like most other NAACP chapters, is full of the most important black preachers and “revvunds” in town.  Most of these “revvnuds” preach in churches whose members include a lot of black women SLPS employees, teachers, administrators, support staff.  So, it’s easy to see why the NAACP is sorta indirectly interested in the financial health of the SLPS.








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