FOX News host and far-right sycophant Tucker Carlson invited Ed Gavin, a former New York City corrections officer, to opine on the conviction of Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis on Tuesday, April 20. When Gavin said Chauvin’s actions were “pure savagery”, Carlson reacted in the only way a right-wing extremist would.
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Video of the Week – April 24, 2021
Most Outrageous Quote of the Week – April 24, 2021
“Chauvin was imprisoned not without his day in court, as celebrity loudmouths demanded. He was not thrown to the mob to be torn limb from limb, or boiled to death in a cauldron, or slowly dismembered on a torture rack, as used to happen in medieval times, or burned alive in a cage as ISIS liked to do.”
Miranda Devine, regarding the Derek Cahuvin trial, in a New York Post column
Worst Quotes of the Week – April 24, 2021
“Her message was clearly intended to get to the jury – ‘If you will acquit or if you find the charge less than murder, we will burn down your buildings. We will burn down your businesses. We will attack you. We will do what happened to the witness – blood on their door.’”
– Alan Dershowitz, claiming U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters incited violence during the trial of Derek Chauvin
He was also referring to how the former home of defense expert Barry Brodd was recently vandalized.
“This weekend in Minnesota, Maxine Waters broke the law by violating curfew and then incited violence.”
– Kevin McCarthy, U.S. House Minority Leader, condemning Rep. Waters’ comments
McCarthy – who declined to do anything about Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) after social media posts indicating her support for murdering top Democrats emerged – also revealed that he was moving to censure Waters over her comments telling protesters to keep up their demonstrations.
“Well, first, let me say that if I go to Cubbyhole, I think I’m going to be accompanied by at least one of my two campaign managers who are both gay. So there’s like a lot of, you know, familiarity with, with the community, at the head of my campaign leading it.”
– Andrew Yang, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate and current New York City mayoral candidate, to a group of LGBT voters
His efforts failed and have resulted in a series if mocking memes.
Best Quotes of the Week – April 24, 2021
“Confederate artifacts are undeniably a representation of hate, racism and of oppression. They are an insult to the many people who visit our Capitol today in the state of Texas. The argument that these monuments preserve history somehow or symbolize America’s past is merely to reshape and rewrite the intent of the Civil War.”
Rafael Anchía, Texas State Senator, promoting House Bill 1186, which would remove all Confederate monuments from the state capital
“We can’t stop here.”
President Joe Biden, on race relations in the United States, after the conviction of Derek Chauvin
“I can’t believe I’m going to say anything good about her. You all know I’m no fan of Nepotism Barbie. But here I go. Take a deep breath…Yesterday, I commend Ivanka Trump for having used her platform to show herself getting the vaccine and promote vaccination, when she says, I hope you get the shot too. And if you see the responses from Trump-supporting Republicans against what used to be their favorite daughter, you can see how political it has become.”
Ana Navarro, co-host of The View, on former First Daughter Ivanka Trump posting a photo of herself getting a COVID-19 vaccine
Best Quotes of the Week – April 3, 2021
“The entire rationale for this bill was based on a lie: that there was widespread voter fraud in Georgia in the 2020 elections. This is simply not true.”
Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Airlines, referring to claims by Donald Trump that he lost the 2020 elections because of fraud
Bastian was also reacting to newly-enacted laws in the state of Georgia that some see as voter suppression. Delta Airlines is based in Atlanta, Georgia.
“If your knee is on a person’s neck, that could kill him.”
Lte. Richard Zimmerman, the most senior officer in the Minneapolis Police Department, testifying in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the 2020 death of George Floyd
Zimmerman also testified that once someone is handcuffed, “they are not a threat to you at that point” and the amount of force should be immediately reduced.
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I looked at Tom* with what he later described as a scowl. “Are you serious?” I asked.
“Um…yeah,” was his only reply. He then looked embarrassed – almost as if he realized he’d just said the wrong thing. Or, in this case, just pissed me off.
It was the fall of 2002, and we’d known each other for a few years and been roommates since May. Things weren’t turning out as well as I’d hoped. Pooling resources is supposed to help people get through tough time. So far, the only thing that had turned out well was the new puppy he got in August, after the death of his last dog.
I like Tom – for the most part. You never really know someone unless you either spend the night with or move in with them. Tom and I had never spent the night. I do have standards! But Tom was smart and highly-educated; something of a wild man with few bounds.
He was a little like me: a native Texan of mixed ethnicity (in his case, German and Indian) who graduated high school in 1982 and attended the University of North Texas (although I didn’t arrive there until 1984). But he was more conservative, and our political discussions on race and gender often went sideways with his right-wing logic.
This evening’s conversation was a perfect example. I can’t remember what set it off, but I had mentioned that the modern civil rights movement “had to occur”; that it had to take place. He refuted that claim; calmly stating that it had been completely unnecessary; that eventually society would “come around” and realize it was only fair to give all people a chance; that folks just “needed to wait”.
“Wait?” People had already waited – more than 400 years, from the arrival of the first Europeans to the 1950s, when Martin Luther Kind launched his quiet revolution.
People had waited through the American Revolution, the U.S. Civil War, World Wars I and II, Korea and Vietnam. People had waited through every major political and social event since the Salem Witch Trials for an equal place in American society. People had waited through the name-calling, beatings, shootings, stabbings, lynchings and relocations.
People had waited. Long enough. And that’s why everything finally exploded in the 1960s. I believe the catalyst was the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Just a few years into the decade, the first U.S. president born in the 20th century was cut down by a delusional madman (or a cavalcade of them, depending on who you ask); thus squelching a promising future to an American that was moving irreversibly forward. But the centennial of the Civil War – a conflict about one group of humans owning another group, not property – helped fuel the embers of dissatisfaction. People had finally said, ‘I’ve had it. This is it. We’ve done everything possible to make ourselves valuable and worthy of a seat at that great American banquet table.’
And, in the midst of the mayhem, old White fools like Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan stood around saying, ‘I don’t know why they’re so upset. They live in a free country.’
A high school English teacher once said all that happened in the 1960s was boiling in the 1950s. The Korean War – the sadly “forgotten war” – was a blight in an otherwise great decade. It was marked by the creation of the grandest economy at the time and included the seminal Brown v. Topeka Board of Education.
Tom didn’t know what to say to me after my rant. It was more of a lecture. I can get emotional with those sensitive issues, but I’d maintained my decorum – each of us standing there in boxer shorts chugging beers. He was truly speechless – a rarity for him. But alas… he had to concede I was right. Or more, that he could see my point.
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Best Quote of the Week – June 5, 2020
“Please, if you don’t have something constructive to say, keep your mouth shut.”
– Art Acevedo, Houston police chief, in response to Donald Trump’s advice to state governors to “dominate” people protesting the recent shooting death of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.