If you don’t do anything else today, read this article about the legal underpinnings of the Chauvin trial.
- The Republicans are turning a massive failure of infrastructure and privatization in Texas into a condemnation of renewable energy. Even the Governor of the State is on national television spewing lies and disinformation.
- Gov. Greg Abbott, on Fox News, said that the problem was caused by renewable energy systems.
- Officials were told in 2011 that they needed to winterize the Texas system. But, the State of Texas didn’t make that winterization and other changes obligatory. Because the grid is operated by private companies, allowed to make as much profit as they can, the State failed to winterize and now we are watching people lose their lives.
- Message #1: Don’t elect people to run government that don’t believe in government.
- Message #2: Capitalism is going to kill us.
- Message #3: We are living in a failed state.
- On MSNBC, Joe Scarborough is complaining about networks allowing Donald Trump to phone in and spout lies. Morning Joe gave Donald Trump millions in free air time in 2015 and 2016.
- Every morning, Trump was phoning in to Morning Joe and lying.
Georgia: Glynn County Police Department
- Ahmaud Arbery was killed in Glynn County, Georgia on the street, murdered by a former police investigator and his son.
- Police made no arrests and allowed Arbery to lay on the ground while they released the man and his son.
- The only reason the two men are in jail now is because a video of the killing was released to the press.
- In 2020, the County Commission prevented the citizens of Glynn County from voting to abolish this police agency.
- The agency has been fraught with controversy and illegal behavior.
- The former chief of police was indicted, the Narcotics Unit was disbanded, officers killed a woman in her car and failed to remove an officer who had a history of assaultive behavior. This officer went to the house of his ex-girlfriend and shot her, her new male friend and himself.
- Now, the County is paying a consulting firm to tell them who to hire as Police Chief. In addition, they are hiring a former “mentor” of one of the council members to also tell them who to hire.
- The County gave the consulting contract to a company that didn’t even have the words “community policing” in their proposal. The proposal was the shortest of all those submitting, two pages.
Georgia: Voting Systems
- The Republicans in the state legislature are on their way to pass some of the most restrictive voting rules in the country.
- The new laws would prohibit the use of mail-in ballots for almost everybody.
- Republicans depend on people not being able to vote.
Glynn County, Georgia is where three men chased down Ahmaud Arbery, shot and killed him in the middle of the afternoon for jogging through their neighborhood.
It is also the county where the scandal-ridden Glynn County Police declined to arrest the three men. The County Commission (which includes a man who narrowly escaped being prosecuted for insurance fraud by letting his wife plead to the charges) is trying to protect the Glynn County Police by blaming the County Prosecutor. The County Prosecutor recused herself because one of the men who killed Arbery had worked for the police department and also was a recently retired investigator for the prosecutor’s office.
The local newspaper, The Brunswick News, just won an award from the Georgia Press Association, but this newspaper is one of the worst local newspapers. It publishes nothing but right-wing articles and editorials, evidently has no mechanism for spell checking its headlines, and actively contributes to the culture which produced the Arbery killing.
Richard Yarborough is called a “humor columnist.” But, a few months after the arrest of the three men who killed Arbery, the Brunswick News published a “humorous” article in which Yarborough mocks the removal of obviously racist branding.
The hysterically funny joke is that bottles in the supermarket are talking to him. He says that other bottles on the shelf in the grocery store are “feeling threatened by what is happening.”
According to Mrs. Butterworth, “A group of people dressed like wennies came into the store dragging a statue of some old dude on a horse behind them. Before we knew it, they had snatched Aunt Jemima right off the shelf! And when Uncle Ben started to protest, they grabbed him too, saying that he should be ashamed of himself for being a symbol of racial inequality by promoting he white race.”
Yarborough goes on to blame “the politically correct police.”
Mrs. Butterworth explains that they are after her because “they can’t decide if I am Black or White.”
Then Quaker Man “he is like, uh, very Caucasian.” “That’s not a plus these days. And then there is his religion…now we are into the question if separation of church and state. The ACLU will be all over this…”
Yarborough concludes: “It seems that the inmates are running the asylum these days.”
This is how seriously the local newspaper is taking the issue of race.
“Talking political correctness with a bottle of syrup.” By firstname.lastname@example.org
The Brunswick News is reporting this morning that the Glynn County Commissioners (the county where Ahmaud Arbery was killed) “deferred” to create a job for the Police Chief who has been indicted. Just let this sink in. The Glynn County Commissioners were creating a job out of reserve county funds (at a time of a pandemic) for a police chief who has been indicted.
Powell was the Police Chief when Ahmaud Arbery was killed and his officers failed to make an arrest of the killers. They also phoned Arbery’s mother and told her that Arbery had been killed during a break-in. One of the men who killed Arbery is a former police officer.
John Powell and the County Commissioners presided over the Glynn County Police at a time when the agency was involved in repeated scandals including a now disbanded narcotics unit, a police officer who was allowed to stalk and finally kill his ex-girlfriend, and a woman shot inside her car.
One of the County Commissioners narrowly escaped being prosecuted for insurance fraud recently because he got his wife to plead guilty to the charges and argue that he didn’t pay any attention to what was going on in his own insurance company.
These men must be removed from office, never allowed to hold office again and shunned.
Ahmaud Arbery was killed in Glynn County, Georgia about a mile from my house. The man in charge of the police department at the time, John Powell, was indicted the same month after a series of scandals involving the Glynn County Police Department.
The County Commissioners are meeting today, June 25, 2020 and are likely to vote to use county reserve funds to create a job for John Powell. The Commissioners (including one of whom recently just escaped being prosecuted for insurance fraud because his wife plead guilty to the charges) is creating a $150,000 a year job for this man.
Please phone Michael Browning (912) 264-3697.
Video of protest about the killing of Ahmaud Arbery.
This is a letter to the editor that appeared in the Brunswick News (5/14/20). It needs to be pointed out, however, that the Brunswick News is consistently filled with right-wing material and right-wing political commentary from syndicated columnists. The editorial page regularly includes an article by the now deceased Billy Graham. The newspaper also frequently publishes what are essentially campaign ads for the current Representative, (Not your) Buddy Carter.
Letter to the Editor, Brunswick News. 5/14/20.
I never thought that I would be a protester. My mom and dad raised me to respect the law and to submit to authority.
Then a young man was murdered.
I initially called for peace and trust. I worked with law enforcement officials during my career in child protection. In my day, we all dedicated our lives to being moral and ethical servants of our community.
Somehow, Jackie Johnson was elected to work with us, as our chief law enforcement officer. Things changed.
A police officer stalked his wife and subsequently killed her. He was shielded by the DAs office.
A former employee, armed and angry, kills a young man. We now know that she instructed that her former employee not be arrested before recusing herself and hand-picking her successor, who likewise refused to make an arrest. We then learn that he was also conflicted and indebted to DA Johnson through his son’s employment.
The governor needs to suspend DA Johnson until such time as she can be investigated. We need to be able to have faith that “equal protection under the law” are not hollow words.
DA Johnson, step down. We have no faith in you.