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    Today, 09:16 AM
    Try here (or see below): https://dnyuz.com/2021/11/29/self-defense-is-becoming-meaningless-in-a-flood-of-guns/ As pundits and legal experts consider why Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted of murder, many have focused on the prosecution’s choices — and possible errors — in the case, or else on the rulings of the presiding judge. But even more than the prosecution or the verdict, it is really the defense’s strategy that we will have to live with for years to come — a strategy based on a bold and unapologetic acknowledgment of the dangers inherent in carrying a gun. The defense doubled down on the right to bear arms and asserted a right to fire, too. Such a strategy, which has adherents at the poles of the political spectrum, will increase gun violence, not only in red states, but wherever it is allowed to go unchallenged. A claim of self-defense when you are caught on tape shooting people, as Mr. Rittenhouse was, is predictable. This case was never a whodunit. Instead, Mr. Rittenhouse’s team had to explain why his shooting three people, killing two of them, were not crimes. And what put him in imminent danger serious enough to justify his use of deadly force, according to Mr. Rittenhouse, was the presence of his own gun. Recalling the final moments of his decision to fire at Joseph Rosenbaum, Mr. Rittenhouse testified: “I remember hand on the barrel of my gun.” As a prosecutor, I have often seen arguments like these during investigations of police officers who have shot and killed unarmed people. In those cases, the officers cite their fear that their own weapons would used against them. From an armed civilian, this claim is different. Instead of distancing Mr. Rittenhouse from or minimizing the effect of his weapon, Mr. Rittenhouse and his lawyers built their case upon it: Because he had a gun, he found himself in a situation where he needed to use it. In other words, the gun he carried was not a deterrent, but the very reason for the escalation to violence.
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    Today, 08:12 AM
    From the New York Times (of course). And written by a prosecutor (of course). https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/29/opinion/self-defense-guns-arbery-rittenhouse.html
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    Today, 06:52 AM
    No problem. Part of it may come from a misunderstanding of the situation. No cameras (picture or video) are allowed in the courtroom. This is standard for all federal court proceedings, and has been for a long time.
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    Today, 06:07 AM
    Don't put the entire URL between tags. Just use the number at the end of the URL. So for this URL: https://twitter.com/TimKennedyMMA/status/1464972567127674886 You would use this to embed the tweet: 1464972567127674886 The claim is unsourced. It is also false. Press & spectators have not been barred from the courtroom.
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    Today, 04:24 AM
    The ScienceTM in 2010: The ScienceTM in 2020:
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    Today, 12:43 AM
    Tho Bishop - Part of the Problem #798 On this episode of Part Of The Problem, Dave is joined by Tho Bishop! Tho Bishop is an Assistant Editor for the Mises Wire. Prior to that he served as Deputy Communications Director for the House Financial Services Committee under Rep. Spencer Bachus and Rep. Jeb Hensarling. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPw9sj3L98Q
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    Today, 12:05 AM
    Jussie Smollett heads to trial, nearly 3 years after the former ‘Empire’ star was accused of hate crime hoax The 39-year-old actor and singer is charged with lying to Chicago police in 2019 when he claimed he was the victim of a racist and anti-gay attack near his Streeterville apartment. https://chicago.suntimes.com/crime/2021/11/28/22800734/jussie-smollett-former-empire-star-hate-crime-hoax Matthew Hendrickson & Andy Grimm (28 November 2021) Jury selection is expected to begin Monday in the trial of former “Empire” star Jussie Smollett — nearly three years after he claimed he was the victim of a hate crime only to later be accused of staging the attack. The controversy significantly tarnished Smollett’s career when he was criminally charged and led to his character being written off the hit Fox televsion show “Empire.” It also brought intense scrutiny on Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s office when the initial disorderly conduct charges against Smollett were suddenly dropped months later. That decision by Foxx’s office led to the appointment of former U.S. Attorney Dan Webb as a special prosecutor in the case tasked with reinvestigating the allegations against Smollett, as well as possible wrongdoing by Foxx and her staff.
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    Yesterday, 10:47 PM
    A week later, and the mealy-mouthed assholes are still at it. If it wasn't for the fact that the corporate media are so lacking in self-awareness, one would be forced to conclude that they are doing it on purpose. https://twitter.com/CNN/status/1465028734453493764
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    Yesterday, 10:36 PM
    https://twitter.com/PapiTrumpo/status/1465140247919009797 1465140247919009797
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    Yesterday, 10:28 PM
    Checkmate, fools! Fauci is The ScienceTM. The ScienceTM is Fauci. https://twitter.com/FaceTheNation/status/1465003501541597191 1465003501541597191
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    Yesterday, 10:01 PM
    Speaking of which (h/t Peter Boghossian): Universities Try to Force a Consensus About Kyle Rittenhouse https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/11/universities-forced-consensus-kyle-rittenhouse/620809/ Conor Friedersdorf (26 November 2021) At universities, the recent acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse should be an opportunity to study a divisive case that sparked complex debates about issues as varied as self-defense laws, guns, race, riots, the rights of defendants, prosecutorial missteps, media bias, and more. If administrators were doing their jobs, faculty and students would freely air a wide variety of viewpoints and have opportunities to better understand one another’s diverse perspectives. Instead, many administrators are preemptively imposing their preferred narratives. The Rittenhouse saga began in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on August 25, amid rioting that followed the police shooting of a Black man. Rittenhouse, then 17, armed himself with an AR-15-style rifle and walked into the chaos, claiming that he intended to protect the community. He wound up shooting three men, killing two. Last week, a Wisconsin jury found him not guilty of murder, crediting his claim that, at the moment he fired, he feared for his life and acted in self-defense. This, many analysts argued, was a plausible conclusion to draw from Wisconsin law and video footage and testimony presented at trial.
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    Yesterday, 09:39 PM
    Regardless of what one thinks about what happened on "1/6" (or what should be done about it), the mind can only boggle at the bizarre irrationality of invoking such a grotesquely irrelevant non sequitur. This makes Pee-wee Herman's "I know you are, but what am I?" look like the epitome of well-reasoned rebuttals. And yet, there are a lot of people who will actually regard and accept this as an adequate and even telling rejoinder.
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    Yesterday, 09:14 PM
    You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to cjm again. (Also moving to the Open Discussion forum, as this subject has a much wider range of relevance than just the COVID angle.) I haven't watched to OP videos, but the write-up accompanying the second one is quite interesting. Just some random thoughts/observations:
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    Yesterday, 09:12 PM
    You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to RJB again.
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    Yesterday, 07:02 PM
    You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to dannno again.
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    Yesterday, 07:01 PM
    Yeah, no. Just no. People should continue to pay attention to (and post about) the Rittenhouse affair for just as long as it continues to engage or interest them (however long that might be), and not for one moment less. I don't agree. People are able to walk and chew gum at the same time, and they are able to pay attention to more than one story at once, as well. At any given moment, there is more than just one important/significant thing going on in the world.
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    Yesterday, 06:53 PM
    What are you going to do, study the water color paintings really hard?
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