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He Stands There Appealing His Fruit

Posted on | November 25, 2014 | 28 Comments

by Smitty

What honest, patriotic American isn’t sick at heart to watch a liar stand there and do his diabolical work?

President Barack Obama appealed for calm and understanding in Ferguson on Monday after a grand jury decided not to indict in the death of Michael Brown, pleading with both residents and police officers to show restraint.
“We are a nation built on the rule of law, so we need to accept that this decision was the grand jury’s to make,” Obama said.
In a late-night statement from the White House, Obama said it was understandable that some Americans would be “deeply disappointed — even angered” that police officer Darren Wilson wasn’t indicted. Yet he echoed Brown’s parents in calling for any protests to be peaceful, saying that the wishes should be honored as they grieve their son.

Obama always appeals to the flesh, always strokes the adrenalin, always ensures a finger is pointed, even while offering superficial appeals to calm.
In six years, has the man ever made a rational appeal to fact? Ever encouraged a humble admission of fault? Ever encouraged anyone to pray for those with whom there is a dispute? Ever suggested. . .forgiveness?
Why, no: no, he has not. One suspects that requesting people grow up might affect his business model in a deleterious way.
There is massive power in forgiveness. Just not Obama’s.


28 Responses to “He Stands There Appealing His Fruit”

  1. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    November 25th, 2014 @ 8:35 am

    That is a curious way to phrase it, but you have a point. A big one.

  2. joethefatman
    November 25th, 2014 @ 8:43 am

    Cui bono – him.

    As long as he and his crew can milk the situation,there will be nothing.

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  4. TheOtherAndrewB
    November 25th, 2014 @ 9:04 am

    Wait…this guy, Mr. Executive Order, the same one who chooses not to enforce laws he doesn’t personally like, the one who uses whole government agencies as his personal enforcers, whose Justice Department brazenly violates the law with impunity, is telling the rest of us that this is a nation of laws? Since when?

  5. CrustyB
    November 25th, 2014 @ 9:15 am

    Obama speaks; Smoke in the streets.

    Hey, that rhymes!

  6. Fail Burton
    November 25th, 2014 @ 9:30 am

    The President of the United States either doesn’t understand or doesn’t care about equal protection. That doesn’t pass the Paul Atriedes test.

  7. RS
    November 25th, 2014 @ 9:30 am

    Conspicuous by its absence was any thanks to the (so far) anonymous members of the grand jury–three of whom were black–for discharging their civic duty under circumstances where they were aware of the inevitable consequences. (The members were not sequestered, BTW)

  8. Art Deco
    November 25th, 2014 @ 10:30 am

    If the President wishes to do something decent, it’s sabotaged by context. The context is all that he has said and done before. Everything he does and says is reduced simply to a tile in a mosaic of a curiously distant and self-centered man who has had a simulacrum of an adult life rather than the real thing. Nothing he says seems like anything but another pose.

  9. concern00
    November 25th, 2014 @ 2:27 pm

    It’s getting scary when the country turns its back on the rule of law. Our system may not be perfect, but until recently, was one of the world’s best and fairest. Seeing punk college kids tweet about the injustice of it all and incite unrest, spits in the face of the due diligence that went into reaching this verdict against incredible pressure from the lynch mobs. Facts no longer matter; the law no longer matters; the constitution is burning. The nation’s publicly educated kids are zombies. Our future is grim.

  10. Bob Belvedere
    November 25th, 2014 @ 3:45 pm

    Because that’s all it is – a pose designed to hide his Evil intentions.

  11. Bob Belvedere
    November 25th, 2014 @ 3:48 pm

    Sadly well put.

    One Quibble: There was no verdict; only Trial Juries come to a verdict. Grand Juries either issue a True Bill [of Indictment] or decline to. The Grand Jury’s purpose is to act as a check on Prosecutors abusing their prosecutorial powers.

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  13. concern00
    November 25th, 2014 @ 4:16 pm

    Appreciate the clarification. I’m not totally familiar with the Grand Jury process and I’d prefer not to let the MSM educate me!

  14. AMartel
    November 25th, 2014 @ 4:45 pm

    Q: Why does he wade in on this local issue at all?
    A: To make sure the issue stays national.

  15. AMartel
    November 25th, 2014 @ 4:47 pm

    In order to forgive you have to be aware of a sin that needs forgiving in the first place.

  16. AMartel
    November 25th, 2014 @ 4:50 pm

    Q: Why does he only mention race and racism as the root cause?
    A: Because tribalism is highly exploitable.

  17. AMartel
    November 25th, 2014 @ 4:53 pm

    Did enjoy the split screen last night:
    On the left, protestors turning over cars and setting other peoples’ stuff on fire.
    And to the right, Chief Executive OBlamer calling for calm.

  18. DeadMessenger
    November 25th, 2014 @ 8:59 pm

    Quoted from Wikipedia: Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) is a Cluster B personality disorder in which a person is excessively preoccupied with personal adequacy, power, prestige and vanity, mentally unable to see the destructive damage they are causing to themselves and to others in the process. First formulated in 1968, NPD was historically called megalomania, and is a form of severe egocentrism.

  19. Daniel Freeman
    November 25th, 2014 @ 10:55 pm

    Grand juries are selected for a specific time, not a specific case. This simply became the most important case in front of those unfortunates, so the judge extended their period of service to the legal maximum in that state.

    Apparently they just served one day a week? Weird, but if you can juggle five groups of people, then it will be easier for them to keep their jobs than if they have to take 4-5 weeks off. I can picture it being worth the administrative cost, if you could never seat a grand jury otherwise.

  20. Daniel Freeman
    November 25th, 2014 @ 11:08 pm

    Also, the grand jury process is really within the district attorney’s office, with support from a judge and the court administrator. It’s very unusual for a defendant to testify, or for testimony to be shared with the public afterward.

  21. Adobe_Walls
    November 26th, 2014 @ 1:07 am

    One of the reasons for not releasing the evidence or testimony is some of it can be inadmissible at trial. Furthermore the accused can’t cross examine witnesses.

  22. Daniel Freeman
    November 26th, 2014 @ 1:10 am

    Edit: I think the best reason not to is because — like illicit recordings of priestly confessions — it reduces the usefulness of the process. It could change what people say, if they know it could be disclosed without a trial.

    (As always, IANAL.)

  23. Mal
    November 26th, 2014 @ 1:50 am

    That title is clearly a racisty allusion to bananas.

  24. Adjoran
    November 26th, 2014 @ 4:44 am

    To be aware, it helps if you don’t put blinders on.

  25. Adjoran
    November 26th, 2014 @ 4:48 am

    Most states grant accused persons the right to testify before a GJ if an indictment is being sought against them, but their right to counsel is very limited if they do.

    While most GJs tend to follow prosecutors’ directions, they are in fact able to do almost anything they want. If they want to tour the local jail to check conditions, they can. If they want to investigate a given situation with public officials, they can.

  26. Adjoran
    November 26th, 2014 @ 4:50 am

    Also the secrecy of the process is part of its investigative power. It is for trial judges to rule on admissibility, and the defense can cross examine then.

  27. Quartermaster
    November 26th, 2014 @ 9:58 am

    GJs are pretty much a creature of the Prosecutor’s office. It’s called a “runaway” if it does not go the direction the Prosecutor wishes it to go.

  28. Quartermaster
    November 26th, 2014 @ 5:02 pm

    In the jurisdictions I’ve lived as an adult, Grand Juries have never been sequestered. I’ve heard of it happening, but have never seen it myself. The function of GJ is quite different from that of a petit jury. They don’t judge guilt, just judge that the case adequate to proceed to trial. That’s why what was released by the GJ in this matter was not a verdict, but a “no true” bill.