Jussie Smollett

Exonerated Riff Raff


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Yesterday, I asked on Twitter, “How in the hell did Jussie Smollett get away with committing a crime? He’s not a white Republican.”

True irony is Republicans laughing at liberals and calling them snowflakes over Trump kinda sorta being cleared by the Special Counsel, then getting upset that charges have been dropped for Jussie Smollett.

Yesterday, Chicago prosecutors dropped all charges against actor Jussie Smollett, who has been accused of creating a hate crime hoax. The city’s mayor and police department are highly outraged at this, not that you’ll ever see them get this angry over actual hate crimes.

That goes for the icky conservatives on social media too. People who have never acknowledged a hate crime incident in their entire lives were livid over Smollet’s supposed hoax. I say “supposed” because guess what…he hasn’t been found guilty. Legally, I can’t say he did it.

Prosecutors kept Smollett’s bond and acknowledged his community service and clean record before the hate crime incident. They said he’s not a danger to the public and if you’ve seen him, you would have to agree.

Smollett immediately declared himself innocent, as he’s been doing all along. That really upset his critics, but you can’t blame him. If they let you go and drop all charges, why sell yourself out now?

It’s extremely rare for prosecutors to let someone go without receiving a plea agreement. They probably could have gotten a guilty plea out of the guy in exchange for dropping some of the 16 charges against him. Perhaps it’s the number of charges as to why they dropped the entire case. Perhaps they were afraid a trial would have exposed something about the police department’s investigation. This is Chicago.

If Smollett did perpetuate a hoax, it is outrageous and does serious harm to people who report actual hate crimes, which conservatives never pay attention to anyway. But, 16 charges? The Chicago P.D. went after Smollett as if he was Osama bin Laden. The city hadn’t seen a scofflaw of this ill repute since Al Capone.  Skinny gay actor terrorizes city. Film at eleven. Lock up your daughters…no, wait. They’re safe.

I’m less outraged over Smollett than I am at a racist toddler in collusion with Russians while having his finger on the nuclear trigger. What? No collusion? Forget the campaign, he’s in collusion with them now.

I hate what Smollett did, but if it pisses Trump supporters off, then I’m glad he got off. I’ll trade the conviction to watch the irony. The sweet, sweet irony.

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Trump’s White Nationalist


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The FBI arrested a white nationalist in Maryland, who was inspired by a Norwegian terrorist responsible for killing 77 people in 2011. Christopher Paul Hasson, a Coast Guard officer, who was inspired by Donald Trump’s rhetoric, wrote he was “dreaming of a way to kill almost every last person on the earth.” His plan included murdering Democrats like Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and Elizabeth Warren, who he identified as “poca warren,” abbreviating Trump’s “Pocahontas” slur for her. He was also plotting to kill CNN and MSNBC journalists. Yesterday, actor Jussie Smollett was arrested and charged in Chicago for faking a hate crime, where he claimed to be attacked by Trump supporters. Guess which of the two Donald Trump tweeted about.

Chicago police said they were upset that Smollett hurt the city’s reputation by staging a fake hate crime. There were 61 hate crimes in Chicago in 2017 and 73 in 2016. Hate crimes faked by a celebrity in the city over the past three years is still at one. Chicago Police, whose union endorsed Trump, only want to talk about that one. You’re not going to hear much about the Coast Guard terrorist from Trump or conservatives. That’s not the narrative they want. They have to portray themselves as the victims.

Regarding Jussie Smollet, we haven’t seen this many Chicago cops chase down a perp since the Blues Brothers.

Victimized Trump supporters is about as believable as Roger Stone’s claim that he thought the cross hair he published next to his judge’s head was actually a Celtic cross.

The White Supremacist inspired by Trump and the Norwegian terrorist had been researching his hate for a while. Starting in 2017, he regularly examined the Norwegian’s manifesto, which led him to websites advertising firearms and tactical equipment, authorities said.

Hasson conducted Web searches inquiring whether senators received Secret Service protection and whether Supreme Court justices had bodyguards. After viewing a headline describing MSNBC host Joe Scarborough’s judgment that the president was “the worst ever,” the Coast Guard lieutenant and former Marine sought information about where Morning Joe show was filmed. Great. Now the guy has made Scarborough a martyr.

Authorities seized 15 firearms, including several long guns and rifles, and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition from his basement apartment after executing a search warrant this month. Over the past two years, he had made nearly two dozen purchases of firearms or related equipment and made thousands of visits to websites selling weapons or tactical gear. He was also stockpiling steroids and other growth hormone pills on the advice in the Norwegian’s manifesto. None of the growth hormones or opioids were prescribed.

Hanson called for “focused violence” to “establish a white homeland.” He was obsessed with neo-fascists and new-Nazis. Others on his list included Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (who Republicans can’t shut up about) “Sen blumen jew,” as written in his email draft, presumably about Senator Richard Blumenthal.

He wrote a letter to himself calling for a “white homeland” nearly two months after the neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, where torch-carrying white supremacists, who chanted “Jews will not replace us” and “Blood and soil,” clashed with anti-racist protesters.

He was charged with illegally possessing weapons and drugs, but the government said those charges are the “proverbial tip of the iceberg.”

These freaks are out there and it’s hard to tell them apart from the harmless noise makers. Donald Trump yells about there being violence if he’s impeached. This guy was planning violence in the case of Trump’s impeachment. Go figure what inspired that.

Last year, a terrorist, who said he wasn’t a Trump supporter killed eleven worshipers at a Jewish synagogue after he made several postings online echoing Trump’s antisemitic rhetoric.

It hits close to home for me. Last month, someone, who wasn’t using their actual name, posted a photo on a hate message board of what he thought was my home. It was a Google map picture. Fortunately, it was an address where I lived over a decade ago. But, I know they’re trying. What was his agenda? To inspire others to merely harass me or something worse? The thing is, that doesn’t just put me in danger but also those close to me. I’m having to be more careful which means less interaction online and listing the local GOP HQ as my address.

My point is, these nuts are out there. How many white supremacists are out there plotting terrorist acts from basements, and how many gay, black actors are out there plotting to stage fake hate crimes?

The one that makes me lose sleep is the one deserving more attention. It’d help if the president of the United States would stop motivating them.

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Pro Bono Beatings


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I find that conservatives focus on the most simplistic and basic element of an issue while liberals see the larger picture.

A liberal points out that Donald Trump broke a campaign promise of Mexico paying for his border wall. They notice Trump rejected an offer of $25 billion for his border wall because it was attached to DACA guarantees (that he had stripped). They notice he rejected another offer and shut down the government (before Democrats took over Congress), hurting millions of Americans before reopening the government and getting nothing in return. They notice that the deal he finally signed gives him some money for border fencing, but much less than the offer he rejected before the shutdown. Then, he declares a national emergency, when there is not an emergency, to take money Congress has designated for other areas, like the defense department and disaster relief for California and Puerto Rico. Liberals challenge the constitutionality of Trump’s disaster relief. Conservatives who describe themselves as “Constitutionalists” get angry at people for opposing the national emergency.

A liberal believes that no company, such as Amazon, should be making $11 billion in profit while paying workers salaries that keep them on welfare. A conservative gets mad at the guy on welfare (and often while that conservative is also on welfare). A liberal points out that social welfare is only half of what the federal government spends on corporate welfare. A conservative gets mad at a single mom with food stamps while ignoring that Exxon gets $1 billion a year.

A liberal protests Trump ripping families apart, losing track of them, putting children into cages and forcing them to represent themselves in court. A conservative believes Trump is the Christian candidate.

A liberal thinks Jon Stewart, Trevor Noah, Stephen Colbert, Bill Maher, and Alec Baldwin are funny. A conservative thinks the racial slur “Pocahontas” is hilarious.

A conservative will make a lot of noise about a gay, black actor they had never heard of previously who may have created a hoax about being involved in a hate crime. Yet, you’ll never hear the conservatives acknowledge the fact that hate crimes have increased during the Trump era.

If you talk to conservatives, you have noticed by now that they can’t argue for or defend Trump without bringing up Obama. One of their gripes is that Obama increased racial animosity in this nation during his two terms. Yes, racial animosity did increase during Obama’s presidency because conservatives freaked out that a black guy was in the White House. The entire Tea Party movement was a racist one. The Tea Party claimed they formed, before Obama even took office, to oppose wasteful government spending, yet were silent when George W. Bush financed two wars with tax cuts. What conservatives are doing is blaming Obama for their racism.

While blaming Obama for racial animosity, they ignore that Trump encouraged attendees at his rallies to attack protesters, promising to pay their legal fees. They ignore that Trump was endorsed by David Duke. They ignore that the Ku Klux Klan threw a parade in his honor. Most of all, they ignore that hate crimes have increased greatly during the Trump presidency.

The FBI reported last November that hate crimes increased for the third year in a row. In 2017, they rose 17 percent from 2016. Black people accounted for nearly half of hate crime victims last year, according to the F.B.I. report. Of those targeted based on religion, 58 percent were Jewish.

New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Seattle, Philadelphia, and San Francisco saw the highest number of hate crimes in a decade. In Los Angeles, hate crimes rose by 13 percent in 2018 compared to 2017. New York saw a 6 percent increase, Chicago saw 26 percent, and Houston saw 173 percent. While Los Angeles, New York and Chicago saw declines in crime overall, hate crimes rose.

Last year during a runoff for the U.S. Senate seat in Mississippi, Republican candidate Cindy Hyde-Smith made jokes about attending lynchings. She won.

Last week, a small-town weekly newspaper in Alabama called for mass lynchings and the Ku Klux Klan to “clean up DC” writing, “Time for the Ku Klux Klan to night ride again.”

Last year, a white man in Kentucky (where the FBI says hate crimes were up 83.5 percent in 2017), shot and killed two black men in a grocery store after failing to enter a black church. Also last year, a white man killed 11 worshipers at a Pittsburgh synagogue after echoing Trump’s anti-globalists rhetoric on social media.

In 2017, Nazis marched in Charlottesville, Virginia, chanting “Jews will not replace us” and “blood and soil,” ultimately killing a young woman named Heather Heyer, and Donald Trump defended them by saying there were “nice people” among the Nazis.

It’s obvious Donald Trump has emboldened racists to come out from under their hoods and make themselves heard. For them, racism is “making America great again.” They are literally parading in the streets and running over people with their cars.

You won’t hear a conservative talk about any of that, but you will hear them talk about Jussie Smollett who may have staged a hate crime against him in Chicago. It’s the police in Chicago who are charging that Smollett faked his attack, the same police who claimed police-shooting victim Laquan McDonald had attacked them with a knife before a video was released (a year later) proving they were lying.

If Smollett did fake his attack, he should be held accountable. He should be held accountable, not just for the crime but for hurting the public’s awareness of the rise in hate crimes since Donald Trump became the champion of birtherism and claimed a black president was ineligible.

If Smollett is guilty, you’re not going to hear the end of it. You won’t even hear the end of it if he’s found innocent. But regarding actual hate crimes and the increase in the Trump era, all you’re going to get from conservatives and Trump sycophants is silence.

It’ll be like a Mike Pence speech in Europe. Silence.

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