Derek Chauvin has been convicted of murder. Now what?

Demonstrators were on the street expressing their content with the Jury’s verdict on Derek Chauvin’s trial. | Black Lives Matter Plaza, Washington, D.C. | 20 Apr 2021 | Photo Credit:

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been found guilty on all three charges stemming from the death of George Floyd. Chauvin is now facing the possibility of spending decades in prison, but what does this mean for the rest of America?

The smoldering fires of discord are already beginning to surface among the far-right, many of whom believe that Chauvin was some kind of sacrificial lamb offered up for slaughter to appease “the mob” — at least that’s the narrative that’s beginning to take shape. Fox News has already trotted out the likes of Candace Owens to promote this…


Crossing the thin blue line between the use of force and murder

— Derived from Flag of the United States, Public Domain

There’s no book to figure out how not to become a victim of police brutality. — Mike Colter

Since the high-profile cases of African-Americans killed by police who, in many instances, were unarmed, we are witnessing a major upswing in anti-police rhetoric, some of which has been decidedly violent.

While emotions swell and tempers flare, some individuals have openly called for the killing of police officers. Obviously, any solutions to the increasing number of police-involved shootings that promote violent resistance against authorities and random targeting of law enforcement officers is not a good one. …


Just another day in the life of the average black man

George Floyd. Elijah McClain. Eric Garner. Freddy Gray. Michael Brown. Philando Castille. Walter Scott. Oscar Grant. An untold number of other black men. If only they had complied and obeyed, they would be alive today. After all, how difficult can it be to just obey?

Just obey! Comply! Obey! Obey! Obey! That is the response to virtually every situation where an unarmed black man has lost his life at the hands of the police. It is the oft-repeated and sad refrain of those looking to justify the extrajudicial murders of men of color. …

Great piece. I'm glad you highlighted how even our military forces have ROI for insurgents that discourage unnecessary force.

Sadly, I ran across a few "John Waynes" who disagreed with official Army doctrine. I'm just going to leave it at that.


Wyatt Earp rides again

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“It goes through air, Bob. That’s always tougher than the touch. You know, the touch, you don’t have to touch things, right? But the air, you just breathe the air, and that’s how it’s passed. And so that’s a very tricky one, that’s a very delicate one. It’s also more deadly than your — you know, your, even your strenuous flus. … This is more deadly. This is five per — you know, this is five percent versus one percent and less than one percent. You know? So this is deadly stuff.- Donald Trump on COVID-19 with journalist Bob Woodward.


Protesters stormed Capitol to overturn an election they didn’t vote in

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They came from all over the country with a single goal in mind. The large group assembled in Washington, D.C. to “Stop the Steal” of an election that several of them didn’t even take part in.

It’s official. Some of our brethren who live in the right wing of the house we call America have crossed the rubicon into the uncharted realms of utter ridiculousness. …


Support for Trump and far-right extremists could upset the balance of power and destroy the GOP

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Donald Trump may be gone, but his presence is still being felt in a big way as the GOP leadership refuses to take any meaningful action against Trump and other extremist elements of the party.

Even in the face of indisputable evidence that Trump incited violence against fellow Americans while acting in his official capacity as president, Republicans are signaling their intent to acquit Trump in the wake of an unprecedented second impeachment proceeding. The GOP also refused to condemn members of Congress who openly support the dangerous, radical QAnon conspiracy movement. …


Can it be halted or will it accelerate?

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“The jaws of power are always open to devour, and her arm is always stretched out, if possible, to destroy the freedom of thinking, speaking, and writing.”- John Adams

There are many Americans who believe that the Trump presidency has been our closest approach to an authoritarian state yet, but tells us a different story. In fact, we may be heading into a full downward spiral toward tyranny right now.

Totalitarian regimes don’t just spring up overnight. The path to authoritarian governments is seldom a straightaway, especially in countries that are historically democratic like the United States, but history…


But it wasn’t what they expected

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They trusted the plan. They read, “deciphered”, and cataloged every “Q-drop”. Although “Q-Tips” would have been much more appropriate, unfortunately, that name was already taken, but what’s an anonymous, highly-placed, government official within the US Department of Energy to do?

For those unaware of the QAnon backstory, this was the chosen guise of the person or persons supposedly leaking the sensitive information. The “Q” stood for “Q-level security clearance.”

From the outset, the whole QAnon thing was suspect. As anyone who has ever held a security clearance, including this writer, will tell you, mere possession of security clearances does not…


One man’s coup is another man’s revolution

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“A date which will live in infamy.” Those were the unforgettable words uttered by President Franklin D. Roosevelt during his speech to Congress on December 8, 1941, one day after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

That date profoundly affected the collective American psyche and would later lead us into World War 2. The September 11, 2001 attack on the Twin Towers is an infamous date that severely jarred our consciousness and led us to war as well. …

TJ Larson

TJ Larson is a political writer, two-time American Pundit finalist, aspiring novelist, and US Army veteran.

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