Friday, May 8, 2020

 It’s the end of the week, and what it’s been. More cracks in the American Way Of Life are exposed and we get more examples of how the government that’s supposed to work for us, particularly the federal government, just doesn’t give a damn. Regardless, it’s Friday and we’re here to do the Job, so let’s do it.

 Let’s catch up on the Ahmaud Arbery shooting that’s pissed off all but the scum of the nation after it was made known Glynn County, GA, prosecutors punted the ball for nearly three months before social media outrage shamed them into doing their jobs. The father-son pair involved in the shooting have been arrested by the Georgia Bureau of Investigations. Booked on charges of murder and felony assault, Glenn McMichaels and his son Travis were incarcerated in the Glynn County jail and denied bond for their involvement in the Feb. 23 shooting. It took the GBI less than 36 hours to do what the county government refused to do.

 As expected, the arrests caused uproar among conservatives, gun rights activists and, for some reason, “men’s rights” activists are raising hell because white men are being held accountable for shooting an unarmed black guy for, at the very best, a case of mistaken identity. So far it’s kept itself relegated to the swampy dark side of Twitter, but I’ve no doubt someone on FOX will complain about it before the weekend’s out.

 As with the Trayvon Martin and the Michael Brown shootings, one of the things these clowns miss or ignore is that it goes beyond just a killing that was possibly racially motivated. Like those two cases – and far too many others – the local law enforcement seems to do its damndest to stonewall any attempt at prosecution or even investigation. As was noted, Glynn County DA Jackie Johnson had to recuse herself from the case because the elder McMichael had worked as an investigator for her office.

 Well, turns out there’s more to it than just that. According to a pair of Glynn County commissioners, the police department was ready to make arrests but Johnson put the kibosh on that, telling them to lay off.

“The police at the scene went to her, saying they were ready to arrest both of them. These were the police at the scene who had done the investigation,” Commissioner Allen Booker, who has spoken with Glynn County police, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “She shut them down to protect her friend McMichael.”

 The case was kicked to George Barnhill over in Waycross County. Turns out he also had to recuse himself because his son works in Johnson’s office, though he took his sweet time to do so. Before he did, however, he wrote a letter saying he didn’t see sufficient reason to charge the McMichaels, brought up Arbery’s high school troubles with the law, and apparently completely made up a claim that the slain man had “mental issues”. Gov. Doug Kemp’s called for aiding prosecutors with some big guns and there’s been calls for federal intervention due to other legal shenanigans by Georgia courts that sort of soils their respectability on the matter.

 Moving on, the COVID-19 epidemic continues to ravage the world and the Trump Administration continues to fumble the ball like the ’80s era Saints, except on purpose. We’re up to 1.32 million cases here in the States, a full third of the world’s total, and 78, 185 deaths. It doesn’t really seem to be slowing down despite claims, and some new wrinkles have evolved.

 In New York City, the epicenter of America’s cases, a five year old has died of what appears to be related to Kawasaki disease and toxic shock syndrome brought on by the virus. This comes on the heels of news that 85 kids across the country have come down with something that’s been called “pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome”. Essentially, it’s the kids’ immune systems kicking into overdrive to try and fight off the virus, causing dangerously severe inflammation. Researchers point out they’re just now discovering this being a thing, as they just here lately came up with the name, and it may not be related to COVID-19. It’s too soon to tell.

 One wonders if this will dampen the enthusiasm of the “old people can die for the stock market crowd,” but since their “respect for life” seems to end at birth, I am not sanguine. That being said, the economy is indeed getting the crap kicked out of it. Over 20.5 million people have filed for unemployment, driving up the national rate to an unprecedented 14.7%. Of course, we’re being given the false dichotomy that all we can do is either die from the disease or die from economic collapse, a stance that seems to be encouraged by some of Trump’s head minions.

 Interestingly, though, after being a callous dick about it, COVID-19 has hit Trump at home. One of his valets – and how would you like to be the Jeeves to this guy’s Wooster – has come down with the virus. So has Mike Pence’s press secretary, Katie Miller, as well as at least 11 members of the Secret Service guarding the President and Vice-President. This means everyone in Trump’s inner circle has been exposed to COVID-19, either directly or indirectly.

 If you’ll recall, Miller recently married Trump’s Minister of Propaganda Steven Miller. I doubt he’s in any danger of getting the virus, though. While cats and dogs have tested positive for it, it doesn’t seem to cross over to snakes.

 Have a nice weekend.


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