Here are the topics for today’s column:
- Tyre Nichols
- Megyn Kelly
- Josh Hawley
- AFC/NFC Championships
I spent an hour or so Friday evening watching the video of the Memphis police brutally beating Tyre Nichols. Nichols died from the beating three days later.
It was a sad day for America. Watching the video made me sick.
Often I say if a person would have just obeyed the police, then they would have probably not been subjected to the force the police used. I don’t think so in this case. It seems all of the police on the scene took turns beating, kicking, or hitting him with a police baton. He was tased and pepper sprayed, too.
I really don’t see any defense for the police in this case.
According to a local Memphis paper:
Five officers of the Memphis Police Department were fired and, on Thursday, were each indicted with charges of second-degree murder, aggravated assault-acting in concert, two counts of aggravated kidnapping, two counts of official misconduct, and one count of official oppression.
Reports say that Nichols was pulled over for reckless driving.
Read the complete report and see the video HERE.
Megyn Kelly was once a ratings grabber on Fox News, but then she took the big bucks and went to NBC News where she kind of crashed and burned. Now she has a show on Sirius/XM.
Recently Kelly had a meltdown on social media about people calling Jill Biden, Dr. Jill Biden.
During the Niners/Eagles game, Jill Biden was in attendance and the announcers identified her as Dr. Jill Biden. Here is Kelly’s Twitter response:
Announcers for this Eagles-49ers game just spotted the First Lady in a box and of course call her “Dr. Jill Biden.” Wonder if she realizes what a wannabe she looks like insisting on this fake title. Get a real MD or just work on your self-esteem.
According to several reports, Jill Biden received a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in educational leadership from the University of Delaware in 2007.
So, Jill Biden is a Doctor.
The responses to Kelly’s Tweet were not too kind. It seems Kelly is trying to stay relevant in conservative circles. She got some attention, but it was not the kind she probably thought she would get.
Josh Hawley is a Republican senior U.S. Senator from Missouri. Readers may remember that Hawley tried to overturn the last Presidential election and an image shows him putting his fist in the air toward the insurrectionists on January 6. Another image showed him running through the capitol on January 6 like a scared little child.
The MAGA folks in Missouri love him. I think he’s a chickenshit and a dumbass.
Now, to the reason for this section. The Kansas City Chiefs were playing the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Championship game and Hawley bet a U.S. Senator from Ohio, J.D. Vance about the outcome of the game.
Hawley tweeted, “I’ll bet you some Joe’s KC brisket that the Chiefs win.”
The big issue is that Joe’s KC Brisket restaurants are all in Kansas, not Missouri. Hawley is the U.S. Senator from Missouri, and the Chiefs play in Missouri.
In case you did not know, Hawley also wants to ban TikTok nationwide. I think he should spend more time traveling across Missouri to become more familiar with the state he supposedly represents, instead of worrying about TikTok.
Read the Kansas City Star article HERE.
The Philadelphia Eagles beat the San Francisco 49ers 31-7 after the Niners ran out of quarterbacks and the one they had could only throw the football 5-10 yards.
Then, my Kansas City Chiefs won the AFC Championship with a 23-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.
I have a lot more gray hair after this game.
I can’t believe how many people believe the Chiefs/Bengals game was rigged in some way. I call these people sore losers. The KC Star explains the extra down situation that confused people HERE. The crew at CBS showed an official running in a blowing his whistle before the play started to stop it. It was completely legit. After all that, it did not make a difference. The Chiefs did not score.
The late hit out of bounds on Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes was a correct call. The penalty put the Chiefs in field goal range, and they made it to win the game.
The Super Bowl is Sunday, February 12, in Glendale, Arizona. The game starts at 4:30 pm Montana time.
The three Bengals who made the pro-bowl can now enjoy a few days practicing with the Manning brothers for the pro-bowl flag football game next weekend.
I remember when I was a kid my parents were discussing the use of Dr. for non medical degrees. It was not considered appropriate. When my husband’s sister started using Dr. (Education) we thought it was another sign of her needing to feel important. The first lady can do what she wants and I and others can think less of her for doing so.
I’m not watching the video. Just can’t. Too horrible.
Anyone who’s ever attended a university or worked in a company with a lot of scientists know that PhDs are regularly referred to as Doctor. Megyn Kelly went to college – she knows it too.
True. Kelly has a JD (Juris Doctor), also.
They talk about the need for better police training, what training teaches you not to beat a man to death?
Well, start by issuing commands the suspect can follow.
When I went through police training in the military the basic rule was to use only the amount of force necessary to stop an incident, make an arrest, or protect yourself or others from harm.
Regarding the occurrence in Memphis, I recently ran across the following passage, written by Jack Vance, a most unique science fiction author. He included this as a sidenote in the novel “The Star King”, copyright 1964.
“Humanity many times has had sad experience of superpowerful police forces…As soon as the police slip out from under the firm thumb of a suspicious local tribune, they become arbitrary, merciless, a law unto themselves. They think no more of justice, but only of establishing themselves as a privileged and envied elite. They mistake the attitude of natural caution and uncertainty of the civilian population as admiration and respect, and presently they start to swagger back and forth, jingling their weapons in megalomaniac euphoria. People thereupon become not masters, but servants. Such a police force becomes merely an aggregate of uniformed criminals, the more baneful in that their position is unchallenged and sanctioned by law. The police mentality cannot regard a human being in terms other than as an item or object to be processed as expeditiously as possible. Public convenience or dignity means nothing; police prerogatives assume the status of divine law. Submissiveness is demanded. If a police officer kills a civilian, it is a regrettable circumstance: the officer was possibly overzealous. If a civilian kills a police officer all hell breaks loose. The police foam at the mouth. All other business comes to a standstill until the perpetrator of this most dastardly act is found out. Inevitably, when apprehended, he is beaten or otherwise tortured for his intolerable presumption. The police complain that they cannot function efficiently, that criminals escape them. Better a hundred unchecked criminals than the despotism of one unbridled police force.”
No law enforcement justification for beating someone to death. Nichols resisted and the police subdued him. He continued to resist, they continued to subdue him. I tried to view the arrest which was hidden behind paywalls and other various pay-for-view advertisements. After some time it seems to be more available. This incident has certainly made me question my prejudices and biases. two hundred years of slavery, one hundred years of blatant racism, and now this? Public opinion is not a fair trial that everyone deserves. Study history and your concomitant attitude toward your fellow man. There is no law enforcement justification for beating someone to death
P.S. Ambulance chaser Crump and Tyre’s family are about to become wealthy. Sad so so sad.