Jury Shopping

Sammy Brownback instigated a metric ton of crap in Kansas before his nomination to suck up to the Pope sidelined him, but this blatant instance of political jury shopping has to be one of his most striking byblows of his reign.

Three men accused of plotting to bomb a mosque and apartment complex housing Somali refugees asked a federal judge [last] Friday to include prospective jurors from rural western Kansas because they are twice as likely to have voted for President Donald Trump.

A defense motion argues that plans to only summon citizens in the more urban counties closest to the federal courthouse in Wichita is a discriminatory practice that excludes rural and conservative jurors. The trial begins March 19.

Gavin Wright, Patrick Stein and Curtis Allen are charged with conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and conspiracy against civil rights for allegedly planning to detonate truck bombs in the meatpacking town of Garden City the day after the November 2016 election. Wright also faces a charge of lying to the FBI.

The three men, who were indicted in October 2016, have pleaded not guilty.

“This case is uniquely political because much of the anticipated evidence will center around, and was in reaction to, the 2016 Presidential election,” defense attorneys wrote.

They also argued the case will require jurors to weigh whether the alleged conduct constitutes a crime or whether it is constitutionally protected speech and assembly and the right to bear arms. 1 2

The U.S. attorney’s office said in an email that it was “evaluating the motion.” 3

Kansas is fucked for another generation.

Jury Shopping

Show 3 footnotes

  1. Since when is plotting to bomb a mosque considered “political speech”?
  2.   While we’re at it…since when are “bombs” protected by the Second Amendment?
  3. Where, we trust, evaluating the motion equals “laughing their asses off hysterically.”

Ajit Varadaraj Pai: Dunce

Wikipedia has the sadz…

Used to be when someone tagged a Wiki entry, it was there forever as a revision. Not any more – it sure looks like Wiki has taken to hiding some of the revs.

For instance, it certainly appears that this revision for noted internet dancing clown & dunce Ajit Pai  used to read like this back on November 22nd:

Ajit Varadaraj Pai (born January 10, 1973) is a bought-and paid for corporate shill for the telecom monopolists, who’s dicks he sucks for money. His only mission in life is to destroy net neutrality, a favor for which his corporate overlords will reward him with more fat sacks of cash. If this is allowed to happen, the freedoms we now have on the web will cease to exist. He is the first Indian American to abuse his office. He also has an incredibly punchable face.

All of which is obviously true, as evidenced below. Why hide it?

Tillerson and DPRK

Tillerson and DPRK

Lost in the past week’s tar and feathering of Roy Moore was (soon-to-be-erstwhile) Secretary of StateTillerson’s wholly sensible attempt to lure DPRK to the negotiating table:

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions, backing away from a key U.S. demand that Pyongyang must first accept that giving up its nuclear arsenal would be part of any negotiations.

Tillerson’s new diplomatic overture comes nearly two weeks after North Korea said it had successfully tested a breakthrough intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that put the entire United States mainland within range of its nuclear weapons.

“Let’s just meet,” Tillerson said in a speech to Washington’s Atlantic Council think tank on Tuesday.

The White House later issued an ambiguous statement that left unclear whether President Donald Trump – who has said Tillerson was wasting his time pursuing dialogue with North Korea – had given his approval for the speech.

“The president’s views on North Korea have not changed,” the White House said. “North Korea is acting in an unsafe way … North Korea’s actions are not good for anyone and certainly not good for North Korea.”

This was a hugely surprising statement from the oil baron, especially as he nominally fits right in with the Dolt of Idiots within the Administration. It is also the sanest approach to DPRK proffered by anyone in that same Administration, 1 given DPRK is already a nuclear state with no more intentions of relinquishing those capabilities than, say, Israel.

Lest you think us insane it’s useful to remember that since Shrub & The Dark Lord, no one, we mean no one, from the State Department has been allowed to speak directly to their  DPNK cohorts.  2

And look how well that has worked out, n’est-ce pas?

Tillerson and DPRK

Show 2 footnotes

  1. Safe to say we’re suffering a touch of whiplash from the cognitive dissonance of it all.
  2. You’ll remember one of Shrub’s Greatest Hits from 2002, when he named the country part of the “axis of evil”?