State Insists Chauvin Jury Was ‘Impartial,’ Mocks His Appeal

September 13, 2022 American Spectator

Said Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. of the Atlanta jury that convicted Leo Frank of murdering a 13-year-old female employee in 1913, “Mob law does not become due process of law by securing the assent of a terrified jury.” Frank was Jewish. The jurors were not necessarily anti-Semitic, but they had good reason to be terrified of the mobs that were. After Georgia Gov. John Slaton commuted Frank’s sentence from death to life imprisonment, the mobs stormed the prison, abducted Frank, and hanged him. Slaton and his wife were forced to leave the state.

The Minneapolis jurors in the April 2021 trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin had as much reason to be terrified as did the Frank jurors in Atlanta. As the world knows, Chauvin stood accused of murder in the May 2020 death of George Floyd. On April 25 of this year, attorney William Mohrman, in his brief to the Minnesota Court of Appeals, argued that Chauvin could not have hoped to get a fair trial in an environment as fraught with fear as that of Minneapolis circa 2021. By denying Chauvin a change of venue, he continued, the district court denied his client the right to an “impartial jury” as guaranteed in the Sixth Amendment.

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Why ‘Educated’ Liberal Women Are the Real Threat to Our Republic

September 9, 2022 American Thinker

When last Thursday night Joe Biden told America, “Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans” threaten “the very foundations of our republic,” he missed the mark. The real threat comes from the unlikeliest of suspects: educated liberal females, or “ELFs” for short.

These are the women who will proudly vote Democrat regardless of soaring inflation, rising gas prices, rampant crime in the streets, the unchecked flood of illegal aliens, and oppressive COVID policies that have irreparably damaged all children, the poor most notably.

If NBC’s polling from April is to be believed, this is the only demographic cohort more favorably inclined to Democrats in 2022 than in 2018. Unable to sell these women on his accomplishments — there are none — Biden last week appealed to their paranoia. What made this pitch strategic is his target audience’s proven susceptibility to fear-based propaganda.

At the core of the ELFs’ vulnerability is their ignorance, if not at the top, certainly among the masses. This should not surprise. Everywhere and always, men have performed better on political knowledge tests than women (just as conservatives routinely outperform liberals and independents). Researchers exploring this particular gender gap long ago gave up on questioning whether this was true and have focused instead on why.

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How do you know if you’re a ‘MAGA Republican’?


“Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic,” President Joe Biden warned America a week ago Thursday.

“Now, I want to be very clear, very clear up front,” Biden continued. “Not every Republican, not even the majority of Republicans, are MAGA Republicans. Not every Republican embraces their extreme ideology.”

For those who fear they might be on Biden’s enemies list, he defined the threat more precisely. “MAGA Republicans do not respect the Constitution,” he told us. “They do not believe in the rule of law. They do not recognize the will of the people.”

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The Big Lies that made Trump a ‘monster’


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Former President Donald Trump haunts woke America the way Kong did the natives of Skull Island. The islanders had walls to keep them safe. The swamp dwellers of D.C. have only lies.

The American left – and their establishment allies, left and right – have had to lie to keep Trump from doing to the Deep State what Kong did to Manhattan.

The lies started early. Appearing on “The View” in March 2011, Trump said of Obama, “I want him to show his birth certificate! There’s something on that birth certificate that he doesn’t like.”



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COLUMN: Danforth smears Trump, Schmitt with Biden’s discredited ‘Charlottesville hoax’ retread


Upset by the withdrawal from the Missouri Senate race of his handpicked spoiler candidate, John Wood, Danforth published an angry op-ed in the St. Louis Dispatch, complete with a large color photo of the Jan. 6 protest. The 85-year-old Ralston Purina heir charged “radicals” Eric Schmitt, who is the Republican Senate nominee, and former President Trump with spreading the “big lie” about the 2020 election. Danforth took particular offense at Trump’s assertion that “the election was rigged against him.”

Let us put aside for a moment the issue of voter fraud and focus on the word “rigged.” The rigging, in fact, began with Joe Biden’s entry into the presidential race on April 25, 2019. Biden began his campaign announcement with two words: “Charlottesville, Virginia.” He continued, “[Trump] said there were ‘some very fine people on both sides.’ With those words, the president of the United States assigned a moral equivalence between those spreading hate and those with the courage to stand against it.”

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Reiner, Klobuchar and the Big Lie of January 6

American Thinker

“Is it okay to have a conspiracy to get rid of Trump?” host Bill Maher asked guests Rob Reiner and Sen. Amy Klobuchar on his HBO show on Friday. This exchange got considerable online attention. Most of that attention focused on Reiner’s shockingly ignorant disavowal of the Hunter Biden laptop story.

Overlooked were the knee-jerk comments by both Reiner and Klobuchar on the subject of January 6. Rather than answer Maher’s question about the suppression of the laptop story, Reiner reflexively retreated to the safe space of January 6. “You know what is not justified,” said Reiner. “Using armed violence to try to kill people in the Capitol.”

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Kansas City’s new ‘environmental justice’ law may mean only the rich have air conditioning


In 1936, Kansas City endured 53 days with temperatures 100 degrees or above. The high temperature that summer was 113 degrees. Locals were getting used to the hot weather, as 1934 was the hottest year in American history and Kansas City caught the brunt of it. The high temperature that year was 111. The heat and drought of that era helped spawn the massive dust storms that swept the heartland and pushed all the way through to the East Coast.

Had the city council of Kansas City, Missouri, passed a Climate Protection & Resiliency Plan (CPRP) in 1936, one could understand their motivation. There was a climate crisis. People were dying of heat exhaustion. At the time, almost no one had air conditioning. On the hottest nights, locals slept in city parks by the thousands to find some relief from the heat. For outlying residents of the region, the dust was even harder to escape. Yet, it was not until last week that the city council passed the CPRP. Easily. The vote was 11-1.

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Why Isn’t Salman Rushdie’s Attacker a Household Name?

August 28, 2022 American Spectator

I have been running into people lately. Last week, I had a chance breakfast encounter with “independent” Missouri Senate candidate John Wood, a meeting that I believe led to his withdrawal on Tuesday from the race. On Wednesday of this week, I had a chance encounter with a fellow from the public defender’s office in Mayville, New York, the county seat of Chautauqua County. I was behind the fellow in the checkout line at the Tops supermarket in Mayville, a town of about 1,500 good souls as quaint and peaceful as Andy’s Mayberry.

The fellow and the checkout clerk were discussing the most notorious resident of the county jail in the jail’s history. I finessed my way into the conversation, working around the fact that, to my embarrassment, I did not know the man’s name. It is Hadi Matar. Two weeks earlier, the 24-year-old Matar stunned the world with his brutal attack on Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie at the Chautauqua Institution, a historically Christian and painfully liberal summer community about five miles down the road from Mayville.

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It’s About Time Liberals Apologize for Their COVID Policies

August 24, 2022 American Spectator

In the summer of 2020, as I have done every summer for the past 30 years, I commuted between my home in Kansas City and my cottage on Lake Erie in Chautauqua County, New York.

I was reminded of that summer when I came across a photo of a mandatory form that passengers from Missouri had to fill out before landing anywhere in New York state. At the time, Missouri was deemed a COVID “hot spot.” On the bottom of the form I wrote, “Under protest, self-destructive, wasteful, oppressive.” Walking through the Buffalo airport, form in hand, passengers heard a repeated message from Gov. Andrew Cuomo hectoring us about masks and social distancing. Before leaving the secure area of the airport, we all passed through a checkpoint manned by the men and women of the National Guard who were there to collect our forms.

Feeling more rebellious than usual — I had been rebelling since Day One of the lockdown — I chose to run the gauntlet without handing in my card. As I walked past the guardsmen, eyes straight ahead, I imagined myself an East German refugee at Checkpoint Charlie conning his way into the West and waiting to hear someone bark out the last word he would ever hear, “Achtung.” (It helped that at the time I didn’t know what Achtung meant. It just sounded right.) In any case, no one said anything. Score one for the resistance.

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Has Wokism Scared Black Students Away from College?

August 21, 2022 American Thinker

According to an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Black student enrollment in American colleges and universities has declined dramatically in the past ten years, 24 percent in fact, from 2.5 million students in 2010 to 1.9 million in 2020.

Prior to that ten-year period, argues Chronicle reporter Oyin Adedoyin, “The story of Black college students in the USA was a narrative of success.” Judging only by numbers, Adedoyin is right. Black population on campus grew nine-fold from 1966 to 2010. The decline since 2010 puzzles administrators given the thousands of DEI officers they have hired and the myriad enticements they have offered to Black students.

Although Adedoyin offers no overarching reason for the enrollment drop, the reader willing to wade through her tortured logic and butchered prose may find an explanation that Adedoyin herself did not seem to notice.

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