Where, oh where, have the smart people gone?

From one of my favorite sites “God hates protesters”

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Nuthin’ but quality here.

Speaking of protesters, there’s a little thing going on here in the Bay Area.  The Brother calls them the Rent-a-Mob.  That’s a good term for them.

Officials said the main instigators appeared to be organized “anarchist” agitators wearing black clothing and hoods. Many of the most aggressive demonstrators smashing the windows of banks and shops were white.

They didn’t give a shit about Oscar Grant.  They don’t care about Israel or Hezzbolah or any other protest that they show up to.  They’re anarchists, scratch that, assholes.  They are just a bunch of thugs.  And they suck.  And if the Police are going to get jiggy with somebody, it ought to be these clowns.  According to the Chronicle the mob was “racially diverse”.  Yeah, that’s because it was the Rent-a-Mob.  If they gave a shit, they would have listened to Oscar Grant’s own Grandfather:

“Please, let’s keep peace,” grandfather Oscar Grant, 65, said on a loudspeaker at the intersection of 14th Street and Broadway. “I know what went on down there was wrong. Please don’t tear up the Bay Area.

“Don’t dishonor my grandson’s death by tearing up Oakland. I know the verdict was wrong.”

I don’t know that the verdict was wrong, but I do think that the anarchists dishonored your grandson’s death.
192. Manslaughter is the unlawful killing of a human being without
malice. It is of three kinds:
(a) Voluntary–upon a sudden quarrel or heat of passion.
(b) Involuntary–in the commission of an unlawful act, not
amounting to felony; or in the commission of a lawful act which might
produce death, in an unlawful manner, or without due caution and
circumspection. This subdivision shall not apply to acts committed in
the driving of a vehicle.
(c) Vehicular–

Am I the only one who has thought this out?  Consider this, I’m a real bad dude.  I want to bust heads and take names.  So I take a job with BART?  Not your first choice.  A job with BART for the most part entails throwing misbehaving passengers off of BART. More often than not they arrive long after the problem is solved. It’s for the most part cush duty. OK, scenario two, I’ve had enough of these clowns making BART a mess and I’m going to teach this one a lesson.  So I cap him on a crowded platform with hundreds of witnesses?  People.  The Police have much better ways of killing a black man.  Daryl Gates’ boys were pretty good at jail cell hangings.  But capping him on a platform in front of hundreds of witnesses?  No.  Here’s a better scenario, I’m an idiot and can’t get on with a real police force so I get a job with BART. And then I do something really stupid and really horrible by accident, because I’m not very good at what I do. Better? Folks, it’s not murder.  Murder in California needs an intent component.  Stupid doesn’t.

SECTION 187-199

187. (a) Murder is the unlawful killing of a human being, or a
fetus, with malice aforethought.

I haven’t read the court transcripts at all, but it looks to me like Grant was probably partying and at the very least drunk.  Like most drunks he got stuck on something.  I’m sure he was excitable, he was a young man who’d been involved somehow in a fight on a train and now he’s sitting on a platform about to be arrested.  If you watch him, he’s trying to make a call or text on his cell phone.  The BART Police have ordered him to sit still and that escalates like it does with drunks.  I will not mention the night that the Contessa wanted a burger.  I swear to God I heard about that damned burger from Kenwood to Concord.  That’s a long time to be hearing about a burger.  I don’t think that the Contessa would have shut up about that burger if the BART Police told him to sit down and be quiet.  It’s just a function of being that drunk.  Can’t I just have a burger may have been “I need to call my _______” and instead of grabbing his taser, Mehserle grabbed his revolver.  And then something really horrible happened.  But it’s not murder, it’s stupidity.  The conviction was right.  The Alameda County District Attorney set this all up by overcharging him.  They could have educated the public.  They were the ones with the bully pulpit on this one and they misused it for political gain.  Shame on them.

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