Charles Krauthammer, aka Captain Obvious:
“Charles Krauthammer, aka Captain Obvious”
The problem is, how many people needed to hear it laid out like that, even if it is obvious to us?
(Though admittedly, a lot of those people may not watch Fox News…)
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I just saw that thank you for saying that a little common sense here please.
You can call him Captain Obvious all you want ,sometimes it takes a dignified erudite person to restate something on Fox News.
Charles is not perfect but I like him.He brings dignity and class to crazy situations.
Agreed. I don’t agree with everything he says, but he brings a calmer voice to certain issues, unlike Jeanine Pirro or Megyn Kelly, both of whom I like, but also have differences of opinion with from time to time. They speak strongly, sometimes TOO strongly, and tend drive away some potential viewers.
I was surprised to read that Pirro actually praised the Prosecutor for charging these officers, and wonder if this isn’t just another example of how Fox management is leaning more and more to the left..
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I think Pirro did what most media people did when the story broke–she assumed that Freddy’s death from a broken spine HAD to have been at the hands of cops. She jumped and didn’t wait….and now she’s covering for herself. She is, after all, an “entertainer,” sadly. Charles doesn’t try to entertain. He’s a thinker.
letjusticeprevail, Megyn lost me a couple of months back. Use to watch her every night. Good to see you back, however briefly it may be…..
Forgot to say, I have the utmost respect for Charles Krauthammer.
I am in awe of dr. Charles Krauthammer
Yep, I have NO doubt that is exactly what it is. Oh, along with whatever other nefarious plans they have.
like…POLITICS, maybe ?
It is about, “Just Us” not Justice.
Re: Fox got lost:
He gets an actor from an acting school.
He gets a TV crew.
He gets to Baltimore.
He has his security guards all about.
He fakes to try to start a bar fight with one of the protesters (the acting school kid).
Not, it was a sham.
If he did that in a real world deal, he would hot have his glasses still on unless he wanted to be blind for life.
I’d like to weigh in to say I adore Krauthammer. I read his last book and think he is a brilliant man. And I love his sense of humor. Yes, he has a grand sense of humor that often goes unnoticed. I enjoy seeing him up against O’Reilly, who I rarely watch.
He IS brilliant and no, I don’t agree with him on everthing either. He’s human and has his biases, but all in all, he uses empiricism to draw his conclusions, and as he has said, he does change his mind when it’s clear the facts are in. He’s one of the few commentators on either side of the political spectrum that uses quality research studies with large samples, done over many years and repeated by others, to inform him.
Totally concur, barbi.
And he applies reason. Above all, he applies logic and reason.
He became paralyzed shortly after beginning med school, in a diving accident. He finished med school after all that. That always amazes me.
I have a lot of respect for his opinion.
I once said to my husband, “I really like Charles but what is with the strange cadence to his speech?”
My husband gave me a bemused look and said, “Google why”.
I would agree with you. However, what frustrates me is not just recognizing this “appeasement of the mob” but I wish someone would call this what it really is….. When the word “justice” is thrown about, I think what’s really meant is “revenge”. There is a big difference and that’s what is frightening especially with an angry MOB.
It needs to be said over and over again until the brain numb media start to worry it may be true.
There is a rumor emanating from BPD that Gray was an informant. That they would pick him up while he made a show of resisting, and if anyone else was in the van he would make a fuss in there as well. Then, when he got to the police station a select individual would interrogate him. Most of the police officers in the station house didn’t know what was happening, This would explain the eye contact business. I just heard this on CNN, and don’t put a lot of stock in it, but if true that would sure change things. I would think the prosecutor would have been informed if this were the case.
That is what the anonymus coworker of the cops said on The Kelly File last night.
I find that what whole story line to be suspicious. That’s not the way one would normally run an informant. Sounds more like something you see in a movie or a television show. As auscitizenmom states here, that story line came out during the Kelly File video. I’ve conducted probably over 200+ interviews with police officers as an IA investigator. That interview sounded pre-planned and coached, with the “co-worker” wanting to cover certain points. I would have to interview the “co-worker” in person so I could watch his reactions to questions. Something about that whole interview is not sitting right with me.
Remember the bogus story about the auto accident settlement and the spinal surgery a week or so before the incident, it appears to have come from a pro-police site. The van driver’s relative, also anonymous, the City Magazine story and the story Sundance reported on earlier today concerning the Jane Miller report with the “other occupant” in the van. I don’t know. This story is getting weirder and weirder. You just can’t script this stuff. SMH
I really appreciate what you have to say, and listen intently when you comment. Even though you are typing and not talking….figure of speech. You are only second to Sundance.
Thank you for your kind comment. There are many here that are better than myself. This just happens to be one of those occasions that I have some insight.
When talk, I listen.
Some people are wise. You are one of those.
i agree, i have learned a lot about police procedures and police thinking from iadguy. he is a huge asset to this site.
i definitely agree about the strangeness of this case.
we have these “anonymous” police sources who are anonymous to us but can’t be a mystery to those knowledgeable about the case. what are they doing? is this a way of doing pr without it being usable in court ?
then we have the sinister accusations about who is and is not a police informant, which is doubly dangerous given the anti-police sentiment in baltimore.
I love Charles. And I can’t help but feel that Mosby is thinking long term for her political aspirations – springboarding to higher office.
Not so fast. I’m very pro cop, but this one might be exactly what the prosecutor says it is. Lay him facing forward, face down, get some speed up, and stand on the brakes. Broken neck. That’s why the driver has the big charge. The rest have been overcharged, to assist them in the race to cut a deal.
How can that be proved? A stray Possum could have run in front of the Paddy Wagon. Small chillin’s an chile’s may have been running after it to avoid Moochie Meals at school.
what bothers me is the fact that they waited so long to get a medic to him.
Freddie died days later, following surgery. Assuming that the cops unreasonably delayed getting a medic, how was that the proximate cause of Freddie’s death?
it bothers me b/c they’ll make an issue of it.
Mosby repeated it at least 3 times.
so far, they haven’t revealed any proximate cause at all.
What bothers me is the number of people who are lying to cover their a$$es, including the hospital.
I’m not a cop, but I have known a lot of cops. Some are still active, like my son in law. They tell me that many of the resisters claim to need medical attention, and unless the cop thinks they are really in serious need they pretty much ignore them. If they are talking they are breathing. That sort of attitude.
I’ve read that before….that the perps always act like they need medical help, like the little boy who cried wolf….I’m sure it gets old after a while.
This will sound ridiculous, especially given that so many here don’t watch teevee, but I’m not kidding when I say that one episode of Cops will convince even the casual viewer that more often than not, perps are drama queens who start lying, whining, crying, denying, retching, falling, yelling, etc. as soon as they’re caught.
Well, we’ll have to see the van’s GPS to prove that. And the driver, knowing about the GPS would have to be crazy to risk his career doing that.
to buy that explanation, a jury would have to be shown the record of that particular driver, shown that he’d exhibited cruelty before.
“but this one might be exactly what the prosecutor says it is. Lay him facing forward, face down, get some speed up, and stand on the brakes. Broken neck. That’s why the driver has the big charge.”
Please provide a link to where Mosby made any such assertion.
Then why did the other guy say it was smooth ride?
the problem with that theory is when you hit the brakes, Freddie is going to crash into the front of the cage. but the medical examiner says freddie hit the back door.
A couple years late and a trillion dollars short. Some of the major cops and semi literate media are finally catching on to what the CTH has said for years about the BGI and leftist extremist media. We told ya so.
Reblogged this on therasberrypalace.
Cop suspended for 4 days for failure to seat belt unruly heroin addict during transport in squad car:
New Jersey case extrapolating seat belt violation into criminal liability (in view of a statute making it a crime to violate a public safety law) :
Not sure how they get from failure to seat belt unruly heroin addict during transport to second degree murder.
Yeah, Mosby’s actions are politically motivated. She was pandering to an angry mob. It could not be more obvious.
Mosby saying that she chose to pursue charges, in part because she heard the mob calls for “no justice, no peace.”
Mosby said that this is “our” time. Our? Really? Who does she mean by “our”?
Mosby said that she was going to “get justice for Freddie Gray.” She did not say that she was going to get justice, period. The implication there being that the officers are already guilty.
“Our time” means that they think they are in charge. You know, Obama and all that.
Didn’t Valerie Jarrett say something in 2012 like “after we win this election, it’s our turn”?
I don’t remember that. But I do remember her saying something about “There’s going to be hell to pay.” There will be plenty of time for them repaying the devil. An eternity, actually.
this definitely requires another prosecutor..and another venue.
she’s tainted any jurors there already.
reeks of impropriety.
reeks of corruption.
and I doubt she’ll “recuse” herself.
But she has gone a long way to secure a fat paycheck for her mentor, the Gray family lawyer.
This could backfire for Mosby’s ambitions if she loses the case and is sanctioned for prosecutorial misconduct. Consider the Duke Lacrosse prosecutor.
“Consider the Duke Lacrosse prosecutor.”
now that was justice !
“Marilyn Mosby, hypocrite, ideologue, political grandstander”
Opposed the results of both the Zimmerman decision and Darren Wilson acqittal
More Mosby’s follies
If all six of them would insist on a speedy trial, most of the charges would be dropped immediately.
Another law professor chimes in.
Law Professor: Baltimore Officers Were Overcharged, Charges Will Likely Be Dismissed
Keep ’em coming boys, we are nearing the tipping point. Has any law professor endorsed the charges?
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Affidavit of Probable Cause – Second Degree Murder
Freddie ran from some cops. The cops arrested Freddie and put him in a police van, but didn’t fasten Freddie’s seat belt. Freddie requested an asthma inhaler, but the cops didn’t get Freddie an asthma inhaler. Freddie was beating his head on the wall of the van. Freddie’s head somehow hit a bolt in the van and something somehow severed Freddie’s spine. Freddie died days later after surgery in a hospital, therefore the cop driving the van is guilty of second degree depraved heart murder cuz cops are all evil and stuff.
Sounds absolutely silly doesn’t it. Using this logic the corrections officers monitoring Ariel Castro when he committed suicide, should have been charged with manslaughter because they didn’t take away his sheets.
The cops didn’t fasten Freddie’s seat belt.
The vast majority of prisoners are transported safely without fastening their seat belts.
An act causes (injury/) if the (injury/) is the direct, natural, and probable consequence of the act and the (injury/) would not have happened without the act. A natural and probable consequence is one that a reasonable person would know is likely to happen if nothing unusual intervenes. In deciding whether a consequence is natural and probable, consider all the circumstances established by the evidence.
You need a doctor’s prescription for an asthma inhaler. In order to get a doctor’s precription you need to find a physician. The only exceptions were Bronkaid and Primatene mist, neither of which were very effective and may no longer be on the market.
Heather McDonald at City Journal does a masterful job of reviewing a book about the criminal lifestyle. The author spent several years living among the criminals in a Philly neighborhood.
Here’s what one of the commenters wrote:
What is described in Goffman’s book is exactly what a lifestyle of crime looks like. There is nothing admirable, glorious, or beautiful about it. It is ugly and consumes all who pursue it.
I”ve spent time with offenders, been on the street, and have conducted any number of statistical studies on offending behavior. I’ve seen children murdered, young men executed on the street, and mini-riots break out–including a full fledged race riot. The men and women who live this lifestyle do so because the choose to. They enjoy their risky behavior, they enjoy their status on the street, and they enjoy playing the game.
At the sake of sounding reductionistic—it really is that simple. Honestly, you just cannot believe the depths of human pathology until you see it, experience it, and learn to appreciate it for what is is: the ultimate destructive force.
And Heather is correct, too, that academics are loath to discuss this in direct terms. Goffman is the perfect example of academics trying to protect lifestyle criminals from public and academic scrutiny. There are many other academics, too, who prefer the Noble Lie to the ugly truth.
From the article:
To her credit, she devotes a chapter to “clean people”—individuals who have no dealings with the criminal-justice system. A group of young men on Sixth Street try to steer as clear as possible from the “dirty people.” They remain at home at night, playing video games together. They drink beer, rather than smoke marijuana, because there are drug tests at their jobs, which include security guard, maintenance man, and convenience-store clerk. If they lose their jobs, they don’t start dealing drugs; they rely on friends and family until they find another position. When they break traffic laws, they pay off their fines and recover their driving licenses before they start driving again. Their unassuming rejection of criminality comes as an enormous relief after the squalid behavior of Goffman’s closest associates. Their respect for the law should be celebrated and studied, as Robert Woodson has long advocated.
Instead, it’s the ferals, thugs, rioters, looters, arsonists, etc. who are celebrated.
Thank you Zephyrbreeze. Good link
Cop shot in head and chest in New York City.
the new normal.
give em all the space they need to wreak their destruction…movin forward.
Look, nobody has been better on this cop stuff than sundance. Nobody. But this one may be legit. A broken clock is right twice a day. His spine was in one piece when they loaded him in the van. Not true when they took him out. And they made a lot of stops to ‘check on his condition’. Not good.
given that Freddie hit the BACK door of the van, one thing we know is it was not wild driving by the police, because a police van can’t accelerate anywhere near fast enough to throw someone into the back door.
that’s why i am confident this case is bogus.
If Mosby had any evidence of Death Proof style driving, she would have filed first degree murder charges and she would have been trumpeting it to the media. Instead, there are apparently 22 and / or 38 year old van passengers attesting to a smooth ride.
exactly. one of these anonymous interviewers (friend of the driver) said that the vehicle gps would confirm no nickel ride.
Ben Carson, being a neurosurgeon, and certainly not an agitator, says an injury like this can only come from direct trauma, and he applauds the prosecutors actions
Bashing ones head into a steel door or wall is “direct trauma” as well.
Direct trauma does not prove either homicide or criminal intent.
…and Dr. Michael Baden and the highly qualified “Pathology Assistant” / ‘Professor’ Parcell’s autopsy present their conclusion Brown was shot from behind. Later autopsies (including one by the Feds who had direction to nail Office Wilson if they could) showed a more objective picture that backed up the cop.
Let’s see what the evidence is.
Dr. Carson has also weighed in on Trayvon’s side. I like and admire many of the things he says and stands for, but IMHO he is not objective when it comes to these BGI cases
I love Dr. Carson and I think he is really a good man. But, I think he is a little naive about criminals and I think he really wants to see good in people.
Yes, I was excited when he came on the scene, and thought he would make a good candidate, but I’ve come to believe he is just too naive in a number of areas.
As I told the guys at lunch a few weeks ago. “I no longer want him as president, but I’d love to have him as a next door neighbor!”
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