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Pelosi Manipulates Police Testimony

Pelosi Manipulates Police Testimony

The first meeting of Pelosi’s 100 percent hand-picked Select Committee began its first hearing today.  If one had harbored any hope that there would be a modicum of objectivity in the process, the introductory remarks by Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson dispelled it.

Thompson was not opening an inquiry, but rather an inquisition.  That was obvious when he leap-frogged to the findings of the Committee even before the first witnessed testified.  He engaged in a litany of “we know …” – as in we know what they did.  We know who did it.  We know why they came.  With all those “we knows,” one wonders what they intend to investigate.

Thompson used the most provocative language – prejudging the event as an insurrection.  Interestingly, in the video the Democrats showed, one of the Capitol Police officers is saying, “We have a riot.” 

Thompson was playing games with the truth – lying might be a more proper word – when he claimed that the riot had killed seven people – including police officers. 

According to the New York Times, there were only five people whose deaths were in some way attributable to the riot. And even that is a stretch.  They listed 55-year-old Kevin Greeson of Alabama – a Trump supporter who suffered a heart attack; Rosanne Boyland of Georgia – died in a crush of rioters pushing against a police line; Benjamin Philips of Pennsylvania – died of a stroke; and Ashli Babbitt of Texas – who was shot by a Capitol Hill police officer as she led a crowd attempting to enter the House chamber.

Democrats often list Capitol Hill Police Officer Brian Sicknick as having been a victim of the riot.  Initially, it was erroneously reported that he had been bludgeoned by a fire extinguisher.  When the medical examiner said Sicknick had no blunt trauma wounds, the reports falsely said he was sprayed by bear repellent.  The medical examiner’s final report stated that Sicknick had died of “natural causes” unrelated to his involvement in the riot.  Regardless, Democrats and the left-wing news media continue to dishonestly report Sicknick as a riot victim.

I did a little checking and still could not identify the seven people cited by Thompson.  Since only two rioters died violently in conjunction with the riot, the Committee chairman is being downright dishonest in his inflated death claims.  But that is part of the constant effort to make matters worse than they were. Even though they were bad enough.

Thompson’s remarks were not the opening of an inquiry. They were the brief of a prosecutor who is determined to prove the guilt of those he and Democrats have accused in the court-of-public-opinion.  In a sense, the jury should be the members of the Committee – including the two false-flag Republicans– but it is public opinion that Pelosi and the Democrats hope to influence in time for the 2022 election.  The Pelosi panel – or jury – have already been set on their mission.

One of the most significant question is how so many rioters were able to breach the Capitol, enter the Senate chamber, damage windows, doors and offices, carry off files and carry-on general vandalism.  Had there been adequate security, the breach may never have happened.  But Pelosi has declared that issue off limits – and you know that none of the members of the Committee – Democrat or Republican (of sorts) will raise the issue.

The Committee led off with members of the police forces that had to face the mob.  Some were injured.  Their testimony was going to be obvious.  They were the heroes of the day.  They confronted overwhelming numbers of enraged rioters. And they were assaulted and injured.  No good American would deny what they experienced from rioters — who should soon be going to jail thanks to the real non-political investigations by law enforcement.

In many ways, authorities who did not supply sufficient personnel and equipment – even though there were ample warnings of the potential of violence, let down the police on the scene.  The police on the ground were not part of the problem.  They were victims of the mob AND victims of those in charge of security – their bosses. 

But the police describing their experience was secondary to the reason they first called them there.  It was so that the members of the panel could spin their descriptions into larger anti-Republican narratives.  They brought them in to politicize their graphic – and at times horrific – testimony.  They bravely faced an ugly crowd. But they are in no position to know how that crowd was incited to riot – or by whom.  Still, that is what they were staged to do – to reinforce the exaggerated Democrat narrative.

Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn waded deeply into the political swamp by specifically praising the two Republicans on the panel — Congresswoman Liz Cheney and Congressman Adam Kinzinger — for the “bravery” in willing to serve on the Select Committee and – in his political judgment – tell the truth.  Dunn can certainly testify to the events as he experienced and witnessed them. But his testimony regarding the truth or causes was out of line.  The truth should be what the Committee is seeking.

When asked what impact the police officers’ testimony would have on the ultimate finding of the Committee, a former prosecutor appearing on CNN said that while the testimony was heart-wrenching, it did not have much value in any legal case that might be brought against individuals in the future.  THAT is the difference between a court-of-law and Pelosi’s kangaroo court-of-public-opinion.

As expected, the elitist east coast media cabal followed the Democrat script.  In covering the Capitol Hill riot, leftwing news services stated their biased opinion – and then restated, repeated, reiterated, recapped and summarized.  Petty much the same thing they have been doing since January 6th — and before.  Watching MSNBC is like being stuck on Disney’s It’s a Small World ride and hearing that repetitious refrain ad nauseum.

There were no surprises in the first day of testimony.  That seemed to be the consensus.  This was all dog-and-pony-show stuff.  If you watched the proceedings, you learned nothing new – nothing that “gets to the bottom of things” as Pelosi claims is her mission.  Uh huh.

Pelosi’s manipulation of the police testimony takes nothing away from the bravery and the emotional and physical suffering of the police.  They served beyond the call of duty against impossible odds.  Every one of them should be awarded a medal and a bonus.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

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  1. frank stetson

    Larry, you said: “…the police describing their experience was secondary to the reason they first called them there. It was so that the members of the panel could spin their descriptions into larger anti-Republican narratives. They brought them in to politicize their graphic – and at times horrific – testimony.” You might have a point there, what about hearing from the other side of folks there. We heard from the police, how about the folks on the other side of the flag poles, fire extinguishers, and chemical sprays. I went to the web and here’s some January 6th insurrection stories about what happened, in their own words, or the words of friends, and legal representatives:

    The Q Shaman, that man festooned in that most excellent fur headdress, his lawyer said: ‘“A lot of these defendants — and I’m going to use this colloquial term, perhaps disrespectfully — but they’re all f—— short-bus people,” Watkins told Talking Points Memo. “These are people with brain damage, they’re f—— retarded, they’re on the goddamn spectrum.” I think the Qshaman gonna need a bigger boat, seems challenged at least in headgear and legal selections.

    Of course, many breaking, entering, and vandalizing said things similar to what we heard and saw with our own eyes on tape: “We were invited by the president of the United States!” or “I thought I was following my president.” Or as one said “I thought I was following what we were called to do. He asked us to fly there. He asked us to be there. So, I was doing what he asked us to do.” They had prior intent; they bought a ticket to be there. They felt directed, authorized, and doing their patriot duty. It was a mandate. It was destiny.

    “I got caught up in the moment,” said Josiah Colt, the man from Idaho man photographed hanging off the Senate balcony. It was a moment apparently. Now he can catch up on his reading while in his cell.

    “Bobby has been going through a lot in his life recently.” Said a friend of an indicted citizen. Well, that makes it OK. Amazing how snow flake these folks get post insurrection. Another participant’s lawyer said: “The reason he was there is because he was a dumb— and believed what he heard on Fox News.” Seen it, felt it, been there, I can see the validity of this response. After all, it’s well known that Fox makes smart people dumb, and dumb people turn into pure freakin idiots.

    One of the indicted had a scale model of the Capitol in his home; made from legos. Looks like an insurrection planning model.

    Eric Munchel was caught on film leaping in the Senate gallery carrying zip-tie handcuffs. He said he was there to protect his mother, it’s a family affair, that’s nice. Inside the Capitol, Munchel tried to slow her down. He’s on record yelling: “What’s your goal here, Mom? . . . Wait, Mom. Mom! . . . Mom, where are you going? Mom, focus, don’t lose me.” Perhaps not planned, but seems to be some intent, after all, they had s focus in what they wanted to do and it wasn’t tourism?

    Patrick Stedman, self-proclaimed dating guru, one of the first to Capitol breachers said, online, post the insurrection attempt: “The essence of the masculine spirit is the impulse toward oblivion.” Wow, oblique but dark. Then he was indicted. A few days later, he boasted: “Women will fall in love with any man so long as he’s in the arena.” Ain’t it always about the sex for men, viva la arena, again a hat’s off to violence.

    Iowan Douglas Jensen was wearing his “Q” shirt as he chased officer Goodman up those famous stairs had his lawyer proclaim he is “the product of a dysfunctional childhood spent mostly in foster care. It’s the snowflake defense. What’s next, the Menendez defense? Later mister dysfunctional cried he was deceived by a pack of lies, literally cried. Just not me fault man, my upbringing made me do it.

    According to the insurrectionists, it’s Donald Trump, it’s FOX news, it’s the internet, it’s their upbringing, environment, lack of sex, swept away by the thrill of the moment, it was Mom, anything but them.

    The guy sitting at Pelosi’s desk feels bad about being in jail: “It’s not fair,” said Richard Barnett who followed up with “Everybody else who did things much worse are already home.” Ben Franklin’s got nothing on poor Richard’s all-man act.

    During the event, one of the Oath Keepers said: ““Us storming the castle, I am such an instigator!” His lawyer later told the court he needed a change in venue because: “D.C. residents not only despise Caldwell’s politics; they despise many things that traditional America stands for.” Boy, that’s a change of venue verdict you don’t want to lose. Nothing worse than a juror scorned. Don’t think he got his change, but probably needs to change his drawers after that one.

    One of the best was Anna Morgan-Lloyd who called it: “the most exciting day of my life.” I think that sums up what a lot of these folks thought. Later, after arrest, she reflected: “I just want to apologize.” She said she was “ashamed,” by the “savage display of violence that day.” Now it’s exciting to be savage. She summed by saying: ““I’ve lived a sheltered life and truly haven’t experienced life the way many have,” She is 49….

    Before sentencing, one guilty guy said: “I allowed myself to put passion before my principles.” “This resulted in me violating the law for the first time in my life,” according to this man, it “has weighed heavily on my conscience.” Chances are there’s a lot of that sentiment, after lockup, even more.

    Perhaps you’re right Larry, before and during, there were many insurrectionists having the most exciting day of their lives and now — there’s only rioters, not one of them wanted to do what they said they wanted to do after being caught for not doing what they wanted to do: overturn the vote even if that meant overturning the government or removing any people in their way. But Larry, a “riot,” by definition, is a very low bar. According to the dictionary, a riot is “a violent disturbance of the peace.” You got me there, but it’s a low bar. An insurrection is “a violent uprising against an authority or government.” Really Larry, you didn’t see violence, an uprising, directed towards authority or government? I think you are a bit misguided on this one. Previously, Trump drew a hard line when protestors touched Federal property calling out the military. Sure, most of the people were just caught in the insurrectionist’s tsunami, there were a lot of people there doing very stupid things, but there were insurrectionists there as well, plain and simple, according to the facts, according to definition, according to their own words, and if you are in for a peck, you are in for a pound.

    • robert6391

      frank stetson
      It is good to see that some like your self support truth over BS and post the actual facts not BS put out by a lot of Trump supporters.

      • Dan Tyree

        WHEN Trump is re-elected he should pardon every one of the patriots that were unjustly charged for trying to stop the assault on our democracy

        • Ben

          Dan, trump has yet to win the popular vote. His base is dying off, his platform is as toxic as ever… what makes you think that he could possibly win an election?

          • Dan Tyree

            Your party of assholes are losing ground Ben. The independent voters are throwing all of you shitheads under the bus

    • Arthur

      Opinion pieces are one individual’s perspective published in hopes of, either others agreeing enough and pass the views along (preaching to the choir) or impressing minds of non-critical thinker who fall for any conservative’s tales of woe
      In the end the Constitution’s elasticity is put to the test. The 1st Amendment come to mind. It has been stretched to include things the Founders never in a million years believed it would cover.
      We in this country are freedom rich, but understand that one individual’s freedom ends where one’s neighbors’ freedoms begin. It is called personal boundaries and personal respect for others’ person, possessions, beliefs, and wellbeing.
      Then, given freedom to do, be, and act as one wills, there is the matter about rights. The right to judge, condemn, deride, accuse, demean, and on and on publish. Does not follow rightness in the moral perspective, not the conservative rights’ political mandate ideological perspective.
      Left or Right, Conservative or Liberal, blue or red is so entirely correct that neither may claim the moral high ground.
      Republican mantra assumes that the moral high ground has always been their territory, like holy ground entitled.
      The conservatives, like your self, are no less guilty of hypocrisy than the liberals they rail against.
      Not one person among all Americans is better than another of us. What Americans are is differently gifted, privileged, and thereby blessed. How each individual lives in their different situation and circumstance with decisions and choices utilizing what is available for the best. Mainly, the best is considering benefit for self and for others good.
      Conservatives, meaning not only the Republican Party, your own party of identification, seemingly needs your opinion and perspective more than “theDems” or the “so-called corporation- controlled media” and those you so adamantly oppose.
      Study, investigate, and give due diligence to discover what is happening in tour own personal political backyard. Then, pen opinion prose aimed at a target audience needing critique of past alliance with and fear based unquestioning loyalty. The later having blinded judgement and hobbled this country’s progress as democratic republic.
      If your opinions were aired somewhere other than the Punching Bag Post, then a greater number of more knowledgeable folks would have a sharp pointed critical summary following every article.
      Doubtless, you will carry on as you are want to do, and not give up this work of self catharsis.

    • Dan Tyree

      When innocent people are hurt and their property burned and looted is that a riot? Is there any hearings? Hell no!!!!

      • Ben

        Dan, that happened during trump’s administration, and a Republican Congress, why didn’t they hold hearings? Sounds like you’re saying they didn’t do their jobs.

        • Dan Tyree

          Ben the commiecrats were in charge of congress last year when the jungle bunnies were rioting and attacking the police. So stfu I’m just disappointed that white peoples didn’t put a stop to it.

          • Ben

            I will not shut up.
            Republicans had control of Congress and the Presidency, you implicate them in abdicating their responsibilities. Par for the course.

          • larry Horist

            Dan. I am a free speech extremist — and people can be judged by what they say. But I am highly offended slurs that are pejoratives on ANY demographic groups. That “J… B…” term is a bridge too far for me. It does not add to the dialogue and it does not reflect well on you.

          • Ben

            Holy crap, you really did it this time!
            Larry actually found a bridge that he wouldn’t cross. I’m impressed!
            I had to giggle when he said,” it does not reflect well on you”. As if you were trying to make a good impression. Lol.

  2. Trebor Retsbew

    The one actual fact in evidence is that the a Lot of Republicans do not want the actual factual truth coming out of any investigation into the Capitol Jan 6 insurrection , mainly because they know that a lot of Republican will actually be proven to be involved in the happening even if they were not there, but encouraged it by supporting Trumps HUGE lie about the election. They know that proving that Trump and his Congressional supports instigated this will hurt the Republican party very bad, for years to come in both State and Federal elections.

    • Dan Tyree

      Larry I apologize. You are right. But that’s nothing compared to what many of them call us. I know that doesn’t excuse me. But watching video footage of people being attacked by blm and antifa just for supporting Trump is a bit much. And I can’t get my mind around the looting and burning of peoples property that hasn’t done anything to them and still get away with it. And yes, white people are involved also. And when we have people of color in congress ordering them to get in our faces, nobody calls them out for it

      • Ben

        “But, but, but Larry!! What about them?”

        As if you were trying to make a good impression. Larry cracks me up thinking his readers aren’t racist bigots. After all most of them are conservative republicans.

  3. Crg

    There was an awful amount of theatrical stuff going on during the hearing.Was there onion juice supplied to the witnesses to bring on such a display of drama?Another brouhaha compliments of Peelousy and the demoncraps!

  4. Mike

    Larry-Even for the rather low bar that most of us have set for your truth/opinion, this is pretty low. Yes, Republicans like to keep asking about security that day, which definitely should be part of the investigation (and I am sure it will be investigated), but that is not by any means the most important part. The main issue is-why were these people coming to the Capitol at all, in their desire to attempt to kill Mike Pence (and others) and prevent our duly elected officials from doing their job? The second question to be asked is “why were Republicans so reluctant to look at this incident that they turned down the opportunity to have a 50/50 committee?” I think the answers to both of these questions are obvious-but in your usual fashion you avoided the meat and potatoes of the issue in your fervent desire to smear the dems…. So there tis…

  5. Anonymous

    Uh….Robert, thanks I guess. But you do realize what I posted above was Trump supporters or bottom feeding lawyers of trump supporters mostly spewing bs to save their suddenly born again snowflake souls from going behind bars or worse yet, to the personal freedom crowd, the fate worse than death of community service; the fifth level of conservative hell.

  6. Richard

    Where’s the left’s outrage with the riots which truly left more people dead and injured, including hundreds of police officers, throughout the summer? In multiple cities. And some of those riots were actually directed at federal property, so if you’re defining ‘insurrection’, then let’s apply it equally, even when it applies to the true snowflake liberals who always seem incensed about everything and who seem to protest anything they simply can’t wrap their tiny little brains around.

  7. Ben

    We are now up to 8 deaths caused by the Insurection. Another one of America’s Finest has committed suicide due to the events of 1/6 and the attempted trump coup.

    But I will give you props, unlike many on your side of the aisle, you at least acknowledged the emotional pain and PTSD these officers suffered defending our Capital against trumpist that were intent on murdering our elected officials.

    I recall as a young man two kids fighting in the bleachers of a basketball game, the doughnut eating Cop had a heart attack and died trying to break them up. They were charged with murder. I guess that set the precedent. Traffic Accidents caused by storms are include death tolls, it’s how it is tallied. Seems fair that the three suicides be counted towards the violent insurrectionists.

    By feigning ignorance on the other two deaths, it is deliberately discounting the sacrifices those men made on that day, defending our democracy against pestilent, entitled Qultist.

    It’s a good thing we don’t include suicides among the war dead, it would make your boy Rumsfeld and Bush look even worse than they already do.

    One other thing. “One officer was quoted as “it’s a riot””.
    Spoken like a person that has never served a day in his life. Spoken like someone that prepares lectures for Harvard. Spoken like an entitled elitist. In the heat of battle, when the chips are down and the stress is at a breaking point, sometimes radio traffic doesn’t properly describe what’s going on, but it gets the point across. I’m willing to bet you have never once had to make a split second decision that could jeopardize the lives of your men or innocent bystanders. When you ask men to risk their lives to follow your directions, they don’t care if you use the dictionary definition of what’s going on, as long as they know you are going to try to keep them safe, they will follow you. So fuck you and your,” one officer misspoke” argument.

    Support the blue huh? Y’all got a funny way of showing it.

    • Dan Tyree

      Aww. Ben can count. Not bad for a retard. His kids could probably count to 10 by 12 years old

      • Ben

        That’s funny. The unfortunate fact of the matter is my kids will be supporting your kids and grandkids. It’s not fair, but it’s part of the burden of living among poor white trash.

  8. frank stetson

    Sorry Robert, that anonymous post is mine, referring to your earlier shout out. I thought I just fat-fingered the application but after talking to a couple of webbesties, named Trumplover and Meloabnormal, they convinced me that post fraud is on the rise with billions of illegal aliens attempting to take over Posts. They said that Eyetalians have been using their satellites to post under my name. Not to worry, I have hired Cyber Nincompoops, a most excellent post-fraud detective squad with absolutely no experience whatsoever to get to the bottom of it and they will find the truth by end of the month.

    Wait, new update, Cyber Nincommiepoops require more time and more money since finding absolutely nothing means it is much worse than we thought. Will get back to you. By the way, I have a crowd funding……


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