Implausible deniability

“What’s all the hubbub … bub?”

And now, for your listening pleasure, Attorney General Bill “Droopy” Barr  performs “An Ode to Self-Exoneration” on the butt-trumpet:

“I’m not involved in giving tactical commands like that,” Barr told the Associated Press. “I was frustrated and I was also worried that as the crowd grew, it was going to be harder and harder to do. So my attitude was get it done, but I didn’t say, ‘Go do it.’ ”

Gee whillikers, a fella just can’t find good help anymore, even with the unemployment rate in double digits. This gasbag makes John Mitchell look like Clarence Darrow.

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21 Responses to “Implausible deniability”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    Hey, at my age, lucky i don’t live in Buffalo any more. Seems the BPD riot squad uses 75 year old men as practice dummies.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      This is not the sort of union action of which I approve.

      If nobody wants to be on the riot squad — pardon me, the “Emergency Response Team” — I’d say maybe Buffalo doesn’t need one. Or any of the military hardware that keeps finding its way into the cops’ hands. Let these fuckers walk a beat for a while, get to know the people they’re pushing around.

      Here’s the union boss talking to the press: “These officers were simply following orders from Deputy Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia to clear the square. It doesn’t specify clear the square of men, 50 and under or 15 to 40. They were simply doing their job. I don’t know how much contact was made. He did slip, in my estimation. He fell backwards.”

      Yeah, that can happen when a black-glove copper puts his paw in your chest and shoves.

      It’s also long past time that these storm-trooper types wore some prominent ID — name and badge number — so the civilians know who the bad guys are when push comes to shove. You know you’re in the shit when the cops start covering up the name tags and badges.

  2. Pat O'Brien Says:

    This administration, especially Barr and Pence, have no credibility.
    Pushing a man down, of any age, is one thing. Walking by him when he is on the ground, unconscious, and bleeding should have resulted in immediate firings.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Here’s a fun piece for you. Writing in The Atlantic, George Packer seems about one good police riot away from asking Elon for a lift to Mars.

      “The difference between 1968 and 2020 is the difference between a society that failed to solve its biggest problem and a society that no longer has the means to try. … After half a century of social dissolution, of polarization by class and race and region and politics, there are no functioning institutions or leaders to fail us with their inadequate response to the moment’s urgency.”

      • khal spencer Says:

        Not sure fun was the right word, but good read. Thanks.

      • Herb from Michigan Says:

        Jeezus he flat out nailed it. Not only have we botched the important social issues over the past 50 years; we are doing the same with global warming. Still, I see a crack forming in the Rethuglican armor. Man I wish November was right NOW. tRump would get his fat ass handed to him on a golf tee.

    • khal spencer Says:

      Pat, you can aim your rage at the mayor for this. That was BPD acting badly. My home town, too.

    • Shawn a la Gorge Says:

      That’s the one point that disgusts me too. The fact that a couple of the policeman walked around for a few seconds trying to decide what to do and then to proceed forward without addressing the elderly man’s condition. “To serve and protect”. Who the f%&! are they protecting? It certainly isn’t the obvious – the man unconscious on the ground in front of them. As for the rest of the police in the group resigning, I’d make sure they stay resigned and never worked for the city again. Let the brotherhood live with it’s decision permanently.

      On another note, perhaps an F sharp that the police shall feel, is Fuji halting their bike sales to police. A wise decision considering your brand name is being used as a riot barrier.

  3. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Not exactly cycling’s finest representative has gotten busted.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Herself told me about the video last night, and today I saw in the NYT that this cock-knocker had turned himself in (probably because there was video of his dumb ass, like, everywhere), submitted the traditional sorrowful apology (no doubt recommended by his two lawyers), and vowed to seek counseling (not just counsel).

      When are these yahoos going to learn that everybody has at least one pretty good camera on them at all times, especially the Youngs? You don’t even have to give the John Laws a description anymore. Just show ’em the video. If they’re not busy clubbing you into a bloody puddle on the sidewalk, that is. …

    • khal spencer Says:

      “I am committed to making amends by addressing, through counseling, the underlying issues that led to my abhorrent behavior, because I got caught and the last thing I want to do is end up as some guy’s wife bending over and screaming in the Greybar Hotel” Brennan said.

  4. SAO' Says:

    Barr and Esper were both top dawgs at the Hudson School for Wayward Boys. But as I recall, the big diff between those wearing academic stars and their lower ranking classmates was, the former were really good at telling the bosses what they wanted to hear.

    Both of these mouth breathers must have left their smarts on the parade field on graduation day. Esper’s “dominate the battle space” comment is where the phrase “his knowledge of the subject is PowerPoint-deep” came from.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Ho, ho. “PowerPoint deep.” Hee, and also haw.

      Another one I like comes from “The Choirboys,” in which a preening police captain who styled himself as a former tank commander in Patton’s Third Army but was actually a clerk-typist is said to have never retreated but backspaced lots of times.

    • JD Dallager Says:

      Would that his Commander in Chief even had PowerPoint-deep knowledge of anything, eh? Since he doesn’t read the briefing materials of more than a half page, PowerPoint-deep slides would be a huge step forward!

      I wonder what the half page synopsis of the Bible contained. Especially since he’s not in it! 🙂

  5. SAO' Says:

    A little perspective as to why police departments have a recruiting problem:

    https://99percentinvisible.org/episode/the-blazer-experiment/

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