In London

The Cutty Sark has been dropped on top of a half-bubble of glass and it just sits on the surface like it’s sailing on the sea.

When you go down into the basement you can see it suspended in the air above you like a giant chandelier. It’s not often you get to see a boat from underneath.

 

In the Good old Days

I refer to March 2020, a year ago. This is a picture of me with my grandson, sitting on an empty beach in Hawaii (Ko-Olina, Oahu) while the world went insane, searching for toilet paper and paper towels. The refrain, “We’re all going to die,” was being shouted from the strip malls to the volcanoes.

At that time I’d had the plague (in January 2020) and came out the other side – ghost? – you be the judge.

I wore my National Counterproliferation Center (NCPC) ball cap in honor of the plague. Don’t necessarily conflate the NCPC with the CIA’s Counterproliferation Division (PROD). They don’t have their own logo ball cap. PROD develops operations, plans and contingencies to combat weapons of mass destruction and their proliferation, as the name suggests, including BIOWAR elements. The division is populated by quirky engineers, physicists, operators.

You’ll note I was drinking Coke products last year (maybe because I am white and then it was ok, I wasn’t excluded on the basis of race). We weren’t ruled by a walking corpse back then and the whore worked hard to come in last in the California primary.

March 2020 was like a different world. But it was nice that the beaches were empty.

 

Riddle me This

Ashli Babbitt was unarmed when she was shot and killed by a law enforcement officer at the Capitol on the day of the riots.

For some reason, the name of the office who shot her has not been released.

Babbitt attorney’s statement appears below:

The shooting of Ashli Babbitt on January 6, 2021 by an unidentified U.S. Capitol Police Officer was an unjustified use of deadly force which violated her constitutional rights. It is clear from video footage that Ashli did not pose a danger to the officer, or any other person, when she was shot. Ashli was unarmed. She did not assault anyone. She did not threaten to harm anyone. There was no excuse for taking her life.

It is a universal law enforcement standard that a police officer should use no more force than necessary to accomplish a lawful purpose.  At 5′ 2″ tall and 110 pounds, an arrest of Ashli could have been accomplished by a single trained officer with a set of handcuffs.

At the time of the shooting, there were over a half-dozen police officers in close proximity to the Speaker’s door where Ashli was standing. Some of those officers had just allowed protesters access to the door by stepping aside. Other officers, dressed in full tactical gear, stood among the protesters just a few feet behind the door. Still others stood casually at the opposite end of the Speaker’s Lobby, unconcerned with the activities of Ashli and the protesters around her. All of these officers were in a position to have aided in the apprehension of Ashli if it was necessary. Given her background as a 14-year veteran of the Air Force, it is likely that Ashli would have complied with simple verbal commands, thereby making the use of any force unnecessary.

However, the officer who shot Ashli never attempted to arrest her. Nor did he call on his fellow officers to arrest her. Instead, he fired a shot into her chest. Witnesses confirm that the officer did not give Ashli a single verbal warning prior to firing. In fact, Ashli was not even aware that the officer was present, as he was located in the doorway of a room off to the side of her field of vision.

To date, the officer who shot Ashli has not been identified. Neither the Capitol Police nor any other governmental authority has given an account of the facts surrounding the shooting. There has been no official explanation or justification for the use of lethal force in this matter. This lack of transparency impedes the public scrutiny which is necessary to hold government officials accountable in a free society. It also interferes with the ability of Ashli’s family to obtain justice for their loss.


I don’t think that many would assert that the USA today, in March 2021 is a ‘free society’. There was a time when it was, but not today, when the concept of “equity” excludes the killing of a white female veteran by a Capitol Police Officer, while she engaged in a protest.

38 COMMENTS

  1. Good on the Brits for setting up Cutty Sark that way. We need to do that with more naval / maritime museums, the sea is not a benign environment for anything you want to keep.

    We had a Free Society, just a year ago. Seems like a geologic age, now.

    -Kle.

    • No, we haven’t had a free society since 2001. Much less free society once January 2009 came around. Extremely much less free society when the powers that be used all the power of the Federal Government to spy upon and attempt to destroy one man, starting impeachment processes even before he was sworn in.

      And then the first impeachment trial (and the 3rd attempt at impeachment) failed and the powers that be used all of the power of the Federal Government to spy upon and attempt to destroy over 85 million citizens because they believed in freedom.

      And, yes, it will get far worse. We’ve had the Reichstag fire. We’re in the middle of Kristalnacht and The Night of Long Knives, the Cultural Revolution, the Asault on the Mencheviks and the Great Leap Forward, all rolled into one long long long long year.

  2. Umm, yes, accountability. The Supe’s just this week decided against considering a case regarding qualified immunity for the po-leases so, “what difference does it make.”

    I guess that firmly establishes the legal standard of “kill ’em all, and let God sort ’em out” (for the Lord knoweth them that are His) don’t it?

    • The Supreme Court has been a supreme disappointment. Allowing the sham election to stand — and everything thereafter.

    • There needs to be some ‘qualified immunity’ else no serving officer, no matter how good he/she is, will be able to do anything.

      But using ‘qualified immunity’ to cover up outright criminal activity is a travesty.

      And just remember, there are two types of cops who get a thick folder of internal investigation complaints.

      The first, the dirty officer, who has done things, has a thick file because he/she is corrupt and the leaders of the agency are keeping the corrupt officer employed.

      The other? That’s the very good efficient hard working and proper officer, who actually is a threat to real criminals. Why so much paper? Because criminals and defense attorneys know that the number of complaints filed in Internal Affairs, not the number of sustained complaints, matters to jurists.

      • It’s either qualified immunity or government will need to purchase ruinously expensive insurance. The former option is better.

  3. Just a white conservative female, its no big deal, no big loss, right? We are a long way from being a free people and I have no clue as to when or how that gets fixed. If ever?

    • The officer who killed her/murdered her has still not been identified. There will be more. Many more. I don’t know how it can be fixed, or what the nation will look like in a decade.

      • LL, My worry is that as you say, there will be more. I really wonder if, mind you I’m not a military person as you know, but I wonder with these apparently boot licking generals and so forth being put in charge of things (and please correct me if I’m wrong) what will happen if these lefties give the order to shoot. I don’t ask this lightly and I fervently trust our troops, but can it happen?

        The fact that the government is apparently covering up in the murder of this young lady only reinforces the thought of what if, especially when they made great hay of the fact that the guard had been issued live ammo

        I’d like your thoughts on this

        • It started during the years of Obamanation, when to get your stars, you needed to pass a political litmus test – a progressive test. Once installed, the practice continued (more sub rosa) during the Trump Presidency, because the Obama Stars were calling the shots. It’s true of the Navy, Air Force and Army. Not so much with the Marines – but clearly included GEN James Mattis, USMC.

          If they give the order to shoot, many members of the service will shoot — but which direction will they aim. We still don’t know that.

      • I’ve sometimes wondered if the shooter was an agent provocateur, trying to get a riot started so TPTB could start their crackdown.

      • No, I disagree with you. They know exactly who did the shooting. They just aren’t telling us.

        And, yes, I believe the shooting was an attempt to cause an escalation right there and then.

        What is truly damning is that none of the actual physical threats, who did what bad stuff was done, and who were all Antifa/BLM/Leftist Anarcists, were shot or arrested or even identified, until the public started making connections to various pictures. Like the Bison Hat man, who was photographed several times with pro-Antifa and pro-BLM flags, symbols and such.

  4. I’m simply dumbfounded that we had an election so obviously and openly stolen and an addle-brained cadaver installed as a figurehead President.

    And the media is totally silent. However in the world…..

  5. In a happier note, God willing, we get our gas line March 24th and 25th. So close to getting our little hovel. Trying to accept the patience God is teaching me.

    You all be safe and God bless.

  6. Even if the government releases the name of the Capital Police officer that shot Ashli Babbitt nothing will happen. Just look at what happened at Ruby Ridge and Waco with Lon Horiuchi.

    Now if either Vicki Weaver or Ashli Babbitt were a member of an ethnic minority AND their death might be of some political use to the party in power, the situation might be entirely different.

    We are only as free as our “betters” in the government allow us to be.

  7. Cover ups galore….yet they will hang former officer Chauvin and Kyle Rittenhouse because it’s politically expedient regardless of the law or actual facts (vs. the MSM lies). Then we have the St. Louis couple being worked over hard by a Soros D.A. plant who tampered with evidence.

    And we still do not know definitively what killed Officer Sicknick, it is confirmed he did not die of blunt force trauma by repeated blows with a fire extinguisher (video proves this), the was immediately cremated. The family’s repeated cause of death requests has been ignored. Today the FBI’s latest theory is to hang someone for allegedly spraying the officer with bear spray and that caused his demise. Can they stretch credulity any further?

    Ms. Babbitt – a story conveniently ignored by our intrepid investigative MSM (turds) was murdered by a trigger-happy cop who “felt” threatened by her standing there…who has either been bought off (coward) or will be conveniently “disappeared” while on paid leave, if not already.

    Most transparent administration yet, right? Scum of the highest order.

  8. Here is the part I do not comprehend.

    Much has been made of Ashli’s service record. Even here, Larry writes that, because of her service, she would likely obey commands.

    Yet she was crawling through the frame of a broken window. A five year old would know that is not morally upstanding. Peaceably assembly, if it is to remain peaceably, does not include such acts as entering through a window frame, whether or not it was broken out by someone else.

    I do seem to recall that the shooter was identified. That ID could have been a product of misinformation since it was initially reported the shooter was on the detail to protect VP Pence. Then when it was mentioned Pence wasn’t in that building, that detail (of the detail) was dropped.

    • Absent an 11th commandment, there is no intrinsic wrong in going through a broken window frame. Not entering through broken windows is part of the social contracts between humans. It is, at best, malum prohibitum (wrong only because it is prohibited by certain other humans), it is not malum in se (intrinsically wrong in and of itself, such as raping a child).

      Further, a reasonable person could argue that, by not only turning a blind eye to, but actively abetting the theft of the presidency, the self-proclaimed authorities have broken the social contract with us Dirt People. Since they blatantly ignore the rule of law, why should any of us consider ourselves bound by their edicts and proclamations?

      Two final thoughts.
      1. Obeying orders is the right thing to do only when the orders come from competent and legal authority. There are times when orders not only should be, but must be, ignored.
      2. Any road, what Babbitt was doing is not a capital crime.

        • The thing is… it was her broken window.

          I don’t have a great deal of sympathy for the Capitol rioters… once they started vandalizing things, they should have known they’d get the stick. After all, they were mostly white.

          However, I do strongly question the barring of The People from The People’s house.
          -Kle.

          • I’m not an activist, preferring being more risk-adverse, staying away from those sorts of ineffective operations that ultimately do little good in this age of stupidity. Can’t condone her action, don’t condone the shooter either (under the circumstances)…but her free will put her in a risk situation. Still, the shooting was unwarranted.

  9. The core of our current problems is, IMO, rampant corruption and a lack of moral fiber of those in government service, at all levels.

    My personal value is, if you can’t offer a solution, then don’t bitch. Hurts, because I don’t see any solution other than shooting a bunch of …………… and I’m not prepared to do so.

  10. I didn’t recall the USCG having a ship like that until I searched for it. The Eagle is quite a ship!

    Yes, what a difference a year makes…..

    We’ll never know who murdered the young lady. More Deep State shennigans…

    • We stole it from the Germans! That’ll teach them to choose the wrong side.

      You’d think they would have learned after we stole aspirin from them, the first time.

      -Kle.

  11. I’ve been on the Eagle a few times.
    Once I drove right into the Academy and right up to the pier, hailed the crew and was escorted aboard for a tour.
    A prize of war from WW2 and all steel hull.
    Saw her first 60 yrs ago in Windjammer! with the Christian Radich (which I’ve seen a couple times).

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