commented on Why the Activist Shot While Protesting Milo Yiannopoulos Doesn't Want His Attacker to Go to Jail
Sure, quote the Hokoana's attorneys' versions of events as if it's neutral.
What actually happened, if you were to actually watch the footage, is Marc Hokoana blasted an unidentified protester in the face with pepper spray, even though the guy was not engaging Marc in any way. Hex saw this, grabbed Marc's can of pepper spray, and tried to wrest it away from him. Liz Hokoana freaked out, and shot Hex.
The claim of "self defense" only works when 1. you weren't escalating other people's fights by wading in to pepper spray them, and 2. you're not resorting to deadly force against an unarmed person who's done nothing but tug at your precious can of pepper spray.
commented on Let's All Watch Bertha Birth Together
Technologically, I've always been a fan - Giant tunnel! Neat!
But as a transit solution, it just sucks. (Even if I do look enthusiastically forward to driving through it for the first time.) Costly, with a toll that's going to divert a lot of traffic onto city streets and I-5 anyway, and zero access to downtown. I mean, they couldn't even be bothered to put a bump-out somewhere under downtown for a bus stop.
commented on Yesterday, Michael Flynn Asked For Immunity. Today the Question Is, Why?
I'm mystified what Yates could possibly know about the Trump/Russia affair. She was a holdover from the Obama admin, whom I can't imagine the new administration trusting to read her in on anything hinky they might have been getting up to...
...excepting, of course, the front row seat she must have had for administration attempts to obstruct and/or shut down the DOJ investigation.
commented on This Is a Big Fucking Deal: Flynn Wants Immunity
Several things here:
1. Yes, Flynn's pension - that of a 3-star general -
is in jeopardy. Unlike the majority of Team Trump players, he's not independently wealthy, doesn't have a long personal history with the boss, and is still smarting from being tossed under the bus. Of course he'll flip.
2. He's seeking immunity via the DOJ, not Congress. This is good. DOJ lawyers aren't suckers.
3. The interesting question now is whether DOJ actually grants his request for Immunity, vs passing up the offer. As I said, FBI/DOJ NatSec folks aren't suckers. They will only take the deal if he promises to deliver them some bigger fish. If they pass, that's a signal that all Flynn had to offer was small-time fall guys - think Manafort, Page, maybe Kushner. But if DOJ makes the deal, it's because Flynn brought them somebody bigger than a retired 3-star general/former national security advisor. That would have to be Sessions, Pence, or even the big cheeto himself.
commented on SPD Officer Gives First Public Account of Shooting Che Taylor, Never Personally Saw A Gun on Taylor
The police had an abundance of legal grounds to recover the gun at the scene.
1. Plain view. It's a firearm within arm's reach of a felon.
2. Search incident to arrest. Taylor was under arrest, and search incident to arrest permits searching a vehicle interior within the subject's immediate reach for evidence relating to the crime for which they are arrested. That fits the facts of this case perfectly.
3. Consent. The car belonged to someone other than Taylor who did consent to a search of the vehicle.
So, no, they did not need a warrant to secure that weapon, given at least three solid legal grounds available to them at the time.
It also strikes me as poor firearms safety to tow a car with an unsecured firearm just lying around the interior in an unknown position and condition.