Another followup story for you. The Raleigh News & Observer ran an article yesterday headlined, “Man seen on video lighting ‘Trump Won’ yard sign on fire will be charged, Wake DA says.”
You’ll recall yesterday’s post about the wealthy, pyromaniacal, spandex-sporting cyclist, James Dennis White, Jr., who was captured on a NEST video first kicking uselessly at a Trump yard sign, but with subsequent videos showing him angrily torching the original sign and later another replacement sign. He just couldn’t get enough.
Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman announced Monday that White will be charged with two counts of misdemeanor destruction of property. The wheels of justice are turning faster than an eight thousand dollar bike’s wheels racing downhill toward a fresh Trump yard sign.
The homeowner isn’t taking it lightly. In a statement to the News & Observer, he explained, “This is not OK in America. I don’t care who you support politically, none of us can accept a country where someone can be so triggered by someone’s support of a majority party political candidate, that they come and commit premeditated arson on their home — really in an attempt to kill them.”
Attempted murder! Yes!
But that wasn’t all. The News & Observer also reported that the homeowner has now filed a civil lawsuit against Mr. White. The complaint asks for a jury trial and includes five counts: trespass to land, trespass to chattels, conversion, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and invasion of privacy. The complaint also seeks punitive damages.
If the homeowner does this right, and so far it looks like he will, then Mr. White should experience something even more uncomfortable than a case of long monkeypox.
Shayok Mukhopadhyay and three other climate activists stood up and began to chant “End fossil fuels now” shortly after the second set began. As event security moved in, it became apparent that Mukhopadhyay had glued his feet to the concrete floor of Arthur Ashe stadium. Mukhopadhyay’s companions were led away, but it took medical personnel almost 50 minutes to get his feet unglued so he could be taken into custody.
But these were Mukhopadhyay’s 15 minutes. And he wasn’t going to waste a second of them. Mukhopadhyay was taken to East Elmhurst Hospital and given a psych exam.
“I’ve been arrested before, but I’ve never had this experience,” Mukhopadhyay said. “They were asking obvious leading questions like, ‘Do you think the world is going to end?’ This typical stereotype of the crazy, apocalyptic cult kind of thing.”
Well, if the shoe fits…
“This was completely a mechanism to intimidate and humiliate and to paint a distorted picture of me,” he said. “Who’s the crazy person here? It’s Biden who’s the crazy person here, who, in 2023, is approving new oil and gas projects when international energy agencies founded by Henry Kissinger – no tree hugger – have said there should be no new fossil fuel infrastructure.”
Mukhopadhyay obviously has a hugely inflated picture of himself. Are there 10 people in the United States that give a flying fig about who this guy is or what his cause is? Why would the cops want to paint a distorted picture of a complete unknown?
His attorney, Ron Kuby, tried to paint Mukhopadhyay as someone who was just “following the science.” Doesn’t everyone think that civilization will be destroyed unless people are roused to take action?
“When somebody who accepts the international scientific consensus that climate change is putting the planet in peril is deemed by the cops to be a delusional psychotic, it’s disturbing,” Kuby said. “Given the fact that they involuntarily held him at a psychiatric institution because he agrees with climate science, probably dismissing the charges at this point seems like a fair balance.”
In fact, the “consensus” is that unless we can keep global warming to 1.5 degrees centigrade by the end of the century, there will be a runaway greenhouse effect. The “consensus” is based on modeling, not real-world observation. And there are plenty of climate scientists who disagree with the specifics.
Calls to “boycott” NBC News and flagship Meet the Press trending big in an outpouring of outrage and vituperation not from the right, but the left side of the political aisle into the weekend.
Angry messages on X (formerly Twitter) and Facebook were shared by the thousands over the course of the week and into Saturday after it was announced that new Meet the Press host Kristen Welker would be interviewing Donald Trump in her debut as moderator of the Sunday staple.
From the first announcement through the most recent clips that aired Saturday, progressives, liberals, and Democrats have sent furious social media posts condemning giving Trump a “soapbox” on Meet the Press.
Here are samples from among the most liked, retweeted, and/or replied to, starting with a Hitler comparison.
The Macon, Georgia, man — who was identified as 34-year-old Sean Patrick Cirillo — allegedly called Greene’s office and said he was going to shoot the Republican congresswoman in the head with a sniper rifle, WSB-TV reported. In the call, which was shared with WSB-TV, Cirillo allegedly claimed to be a major donor before threatening to kill Greene and her family.
“I’m going to kill her next week. I’m going to murder her,” he said, reportedly screaming into the phone. “You don’t think you’re going to get payback? You’re going to die. Your family is going to die.”
Cirillo was charged with using communication devices to make threats — a felony — according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia, CNN reported.
Greene said she had to close her district office in Dalton, Georgia, after the threat was made, adding that death threats are nothing new for her as she faces them almost daily. Another Georgia Republican, Rep. Rich McCormick, had to close his district office in Cumming after staff there received “serious threats of violence.”