The Virtue Signal Corps Strikes Again

Arcata, California has decided that President William McKinley’s statue offends and must be pulled down. (link here)

They didn’t say why. No reason is needed these days. “Because” is more than enough.

Mind you, this president was assassinated while serving his fellow citizens. No matter.

The Arcata, California city council voted Wednesday night to remove the statue of President William McKinley from the town square. The statue has been in place for over a hundred years.

As per usual, McKinley’s sins have not been clearly elucidated. He was assassinated in 1901. Like Matt Lauer, the statue will vanish into the ether.

One of the groups demanding the statue’s removal is the Humboldt State University student group, Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanco de Aztlan, whatever that means. I’m embarrassed to admit I’m a resident of Arcata. Our neighboring town to the north is McKinleyville. The town’s name is probably not long for this world. –Ron Ross in The Spectator

Thanks to Mark Steyn for highlighting this absurdity. His column is here.

The driver, he don’t say nuthin’

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SALEM COUNTY, N.J. (CBS) – Dozens of drivers got into a sticky situation early Tuesday morning when a tanker spilled liquid asphalt onto a stretch of a major highway in South Jersey.

It happened on I-295 Southbound, between RT-130 South/Commodore Barry Bridge and RT-48. –Philadelphia CBS affiliate

According to New Jersey police spokesmen, the other motorists approached the  approached the tank’s driver and said, politely, “Good mornin’.”

But, according to Officer Bro. Rabbit, “The driver, he don’t say nuthin.”

After several more unsuccessful attempts to greet him, the motorists “became frustrated and began hitting the tank driver. That’s how they became stuck.”

The asphalt transportation company, Tar Bay B., had no comment.

This story is SO New Orleans. Obit for “Mr. Okra”

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First of all, you gotta love anybody who is known as “Mr. Okra.”

The only thing better would be “Mr. Fried Okra.”

Here is a wonderful obituary in the New York Times.

It captures not only what was unique about Mr. Okra but what is unique about NOLA.

The New Orleans Advocate says his tradition will be carried on:

Mr. Okra’s truck will roll again, continuing a tradition New Orleans shares block by block

The truck will be run by his son, Sergio, and Willie “Frog” Nelson, who have been working alongside Mr. Okra.


Judge reopening Flynn plea deal. He wants to know if Mueller’s team withheld evidence

Here’s the headline (link here)

How A Plea Reversal From Michael Flynn Could Uncover More Federal Corruption

Did Robert Mueller’s office withhold other evidence in Michael Flynn’s prosecution, either from the FISA court or from Flynn’s attorneys

There is reason to believe so.

It’s from a conservative site, The Federalist, but it is not really an editorial story. It’s news, possibly quite important news, and it has been completely overlooked.

On Friday, Judge Emmet Sullivan issued an order in United States v. Flynn that, while widely unnoticed, reveals something fascinating: A motion by Michael Flynn to withdraw his guilty plea based on government misconduct is likely in the works.

Just a week ago, and thus before Sullivan quietly directed Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team to provide Flynn’s attorneys “any exculpatory evidence. ….

On November 30, 2017, prosecutors working for Mueller charged former Trump national security advisor Flynn with lying to FBI agents. The following day, Flynn pled guilty before federal judge Rudolph Contreras. Less than a week later — and without explanation — Flynn’s case was reassigned to Judge Emmet G. Sullivan.

With [the judge’s new] protective order in place, Flynn’s attorneys should start receiving the required disclosures from the special counsel’s office. There is reason to believe these will include some bombshells. –The Federalist

We now know that the FBI agents who interviewed Flynn believed he told the truth and were overridden by Mueller’s team. We do not know if that information or other exculpatory evidence was revealed to Flynn. We do know that the Mueller prosecution was bankrupting him and involved legal threats to Flynn’s son, which seemed to disappear after the father’s plea. We also know that Flynn failed to register as a foreign agent, as he was legally required to do.

We also know that the #2 guy on Mueller’s team has been reprimanded previously by a judge for withholding evidence and, separately, was overruled 9-0 by the Supreme Court for his prosecution of the Arthur Andersen accounting company, a prosecution that destroyed the company and cost over 10k jobs.

FYI: Judge Sullivan is the one who absolutely lacerated the US Attorneys who systematically concealed evidence in their corrupt prosecution of Alaskan Republican Sen. Ted Stevens, causing him to lose the election and swing the US senate. Do not mess with Judge Emmet Sullivan.