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Deux process

Upfront: If you can vote early or drop off your ballot at an election services site, please do it as soon as possible. Don’t procrastinate. I have a feeling that you do not want to be at the polls on Election Day, especially if there are a bunch of unmasked poll watchers invading your personal space. Think of every possible scenario. Yep, voting early is your best bet. This is the time to use one of your leftover vacation days if you must.

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Before I start, let’s get it out there that violence during a protest is never acceptable. Only self defense is acceptable and most protests I’ve been to never come to that.

But there is something seriously wrong with the way two shooters were treated recently. I’m talking about the incident in Portland where a Patriot Prayer attendee was gunned down by a person who identified as Antifa vs the incident in Milwaukee where a right wing militia teenager killed two people and seriously wounded one.

I don’t know what triggered the incident in Portland. But let’s be clear. Both parties were armed. I’ve seen the video where it appears that the killer, and let’s not shy away from that word, is seen emerging from behind a wall near a parking garage. The intent is unclear to me.

And I’ve seen the copious videos of the teenager, flaunting his ammosexuality before he was tackled by a protestor, who he then killed. Then Kyle Rittenhouse fled the scene even after he clearly indicated he needed help. The police ignored him. I think they let him down. On his way out, he killed another person and seriously wounded a “medic”.

Both incidents are tragic.

But in Rittenhouse’s case, he was not pursued by police and he left the state with his mother and then was allowed to turn himself in. Trump even has a “that’ll learn’em” attitude towards the persons who were shot.

In Portland, Michael Reinoehl, 48, was gunned down without any warning or commands to surrender. The witnesses who actually saw the shooting said he wasn’t armed, he had a cellphone in one hand and candy in the other, and his eight year old kid was with him.

So, two Americans. Two completely different forms of justice.

Reinoehl was a troubled man. His life was spinning out of control and he saw that happening in the country as well. He wrote before he died that he identified as anti-fascist (as are most Americans) but that Antifa was not an organization that recruited him. His victim, Aaron Danielson, was a recent convert to Patriot Prayer but had been a staunch Republican all his life. His friends and family describe him as veering towards a harder line of activism. I’m not justifying any act of violence but the reports of him just casually being there to observe are not accurate. And since the actual video of the killing isn’t available that I can find, we don’t know what actually happened.

Neither shooter had any good reason to be carrying firearms to a protest. That includes the militia members. patriot prayer guys and anarchists. By the way, the occupy people in zuccotti park were anarchists and I never saw a gun. They were militantly pacifist. A good rule to follow is if you’re going to a protest, the only thing you should carry is your cell phone, a battery back up, your mask, your sign and the number of the lawyer who is supposed to show up at your hearing if you get arrested. Ok, maybe some milk or a tube of yogurt in case you get gassed. That’s it. You don’t need anything else.

If you ride around on trucks pepper spraying people and paint balling them. Don’t be surprised if your targets take it personally. Likewise, don’t throw cans of soup at people. Try milkshakes but not still in the cups if you really must.

This has really got to stop. Not the protests, which are completely justified. The killings must stop. And that includes the government truncating the due process rights that every American deserves whether they are 48 or 17, anti-fascist or fascist in training.

It goes without saying that the fish rots from the head down so Trump has got to be defeated. We can’t have this chaos and illegal killing of people he just doesn’t like.

It should be unacceptable to all of us.

5 Responses

  1. I voted today!

    • Woooooot!! What was your experience? Did you have to wait long?

      • The line was rather long–at 8 AM–but it moved quickly enough.

        An election official was handing out styluses (styli?), so we wouldn’t have to touch the touchscreens with our hands. We even got to keep the styli. :mrgreen:

        Despite the minor inconvenience, I was pleased to see a long line, since heavy turnout usually means bad news for the Asylum Run By The Inmates Party (fka GOP). 😛

  2. I voted on the 13th in one of the most conservative counties in Texas. I was shocked but thrilled when there were already long lines started by 6:00 a.m. to begin voting at 7:00 a.m. It kept getting longer and longer and longer before the doors opened to start the voting! Something unheard of in this county.

    John Cornyn who arrogantly assumed he would win easily in this good ‘ol boy state is now only 3 points ahead of MJ Hegar. He’s so rattled that he is now claiming that he has disagreed with trump, but has done so PRIVATELY! Really? John, Texans can tell when you’re pissing on their boots and calling it a rainstorm.

    Time to drain the swamp in Texas too!

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