Dem Senator: Trump ‘Would Be a Monarch’ If Kavanaugh Is Confirmed

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

Trump Derangement Syndrom is running wild in the Dippycrap Party.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D., Conn.) said at a rally in Washington, D.C. that President Donald Trump would become a monarch if his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed by the Senate.

“The president would be a monarch if Brett Kavanaugh becomes a Supreme Court justice,” Blumenthal told the crowd.

Blumenthal insisted that Kavanaugh’s confirmation would amount to giving the president a “get out of jail free card.”

“He is a way for Donald Trump to protect himself, because Brett Kavanuagh has said, just coincidentally, he doesn’t think the president of the United States ought to be subpoenaed to a grand jury. How convenient!” he said.

Blumenthal was referring to Kavanaugh’s views on the power of the presidency and how the president should be immune from criminal investigations or charges, or civil lawsuits, while in office.

Kavanaugh wrote in an article footnote that “even in the absence of congressionally conferred immunity, a serious constitutional question exists regarding whether a President can be criminally indicted and tried while in office.”

The Washington Post noted that is “a mainstream view” and the Justice Department has written two memos (in 1973 and 2000) which stated the president can’t be indicted.

Blumenthal nevertheless condemned Kavanaugh for expressing the view.

“He thinks the president can refuse to enforce a law even if the courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court say it’s valid and constitutional,” Blumenthal continued. “The president would in effect be a monarch.”

Blumenthal argued Trump would become an “imperial presidency.”

“I don’t think Americans want an imperial presidency do you?” he said to cheers. “I don’t think so because right now, we need checks and balances more than ever before, with this president we need a real check and balance, not an imperial presidency.”

Trump nominated Kavanaugh to replace retired Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Kavanaugh, 53, clerked for Justice Kennedy and graduated from Yale Law School. He worked for former President George W. Bush before Bush nominated him to be a federal judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

 

Little House On The Prairie Star Snubbed By Restaurant Because Of Trump Support

H/T Clash Daily.

What better reasons to discriminate against her she is a white female Trump supporter that works for Fox News.

Is there still a right to refuse you if you’re a paid-up member?

You might be tempted to laugh this off as ‘first world problems’ but it does raise an issue. Should political battles should into civil society, or we should treat common areas as ‘neutral’ for the sake of the general public good?

That was part of the point Orrin Hatch tried to make when he wrote about a ‘Geneva Conventions for the Culture War’.

An excerpt:

To be clear, I am not calling for an end to the culture war. Indeed, it can and must be fought. Intense disputes over social issues are a feature, not a flaw, of a functioning democracy.

I am, however, calling for a dramatic reassessment of tactics. We need a détente in partisan hostilities, an easing of tensions that can be realized when both sides adopt certain rules of engagement—norms to rein in the worst excesses of the culture wars.

Foremost among these norms should be a commitment to preventing communal spaces from becoming politicized. Even in our most divided times, there have been places we could go to escape the partisan clamor—places where we could leave politics at the door and come together as one, including restaurants, theaters, sports arenas and houses of worship.
Source: Senator Hatch

That is emphatically NOT the approach being taken by Siwanoy Country Club. Not if Melissa Francis is right in the claims she’s making.

A little about Siwanoy, before we continue:

Siwanoy Country Club is one of the finest private member-owned clubs in lower Westchester County. Established in 1901, Siwanoy has a storied history. To learn more about the Club’s history please click here Club History. The current location in Bronxville, New York has become the social and athletic center for many families in the area and is the closest private club north of New York City. The Club has evolved from a reputation as a men’s golf club to a modern family club. Today, the Club’s amenities include a stately clubhouse complete with dining rooms, expansive terraces for al fresco dining, private dining rooms for special occasions and club events, men’s and ladies locker rooms and lounges and two guest suites available for out of town guests.
Source: Siwanoy home page

What happens if a MEMBER in their club has the ‘wrong’ political opinions? Do they have any moral authority to refuse service to someone who has paid dues for the privilege of participating in a private club?

That’s exactly what may have happened with Melissa Francis.

Depending on how long you’ve been walking the planet, you will either know her as a Fox News personality or as Cassandra Cooper Ingalls from Little House on the Prairie.

For some reason, she’s not able to get seated at the country club she belongs to… consistently.

Is it a coincidence? Or is Melissa being shut out for her politics?

Remember. This is an exclusive, Members-only club. She PAYS for the privilege to have access to that club.

Do they have a right to take her membership dues, but refuse her service? Is there not some sort of a contractual obligation on the part of the Club?

And all this over what… a difference of opinion over which party has the best vision for the country?

Maybe it’s because clubs of their vintage used to be able to exclude entire groups of people for reasons that are no longer socially acceptable. People like Blacks, Jews, and Women.

Maybe they need a new underclass to feel superior to, one that’s a little more politically correct.

Is this a tempest in a teapot, or is Siwanoy another elitist group trying to punish people for the ‘sin’ of independent political thought?

Judge Ellis Loses Patience with Mueller Prosecutors and Ends Court Early Over Screw-Up

H/T Law And Crime.com.

Sounds like Little Bobbie Mueller and his witch hunt may end with a whimper instead of a bang.

Paul Manafort‘s third day on trial over charges of bank fraud and tax evasion was cut a bit short on Thursday after government attorneys made the same mistake twice in a row.

The last witness called to the stand was J. Philip Ayliff, a certified public accountant (CPA) at Paul Manafort’s long-serving tax-preparation agency, Kositzka, Wicks and Co. (KWC), of Richmond, Virginia. As time inched along during the last witness’s testimony, nothing of particular interest seemed to be occurring at all.

Ayliff was mostly providing foundational testimony regarding the basic functions of a tax-preparation company. Prosecutors then moved on to specifics and attempted to “publish” one of Manafort’s e-file forms. Judge T.S. Ellis III‘s weariness all but amazed the courtroom as he denied the request–complete with an actual and pronounced finger-wag–before shouting:

No! You move it along!

(It probably hadn’t helped matters that court had just minutes ago returned from a lengthy recess due to the prosecution calling Ayliff out of the witness order provided to both the court and the defense. But as Judge Ellis noted yesterday, he has “a long memory.”)

Composing themselves again, the prosecution moved slowly forward before asking Ayliff to define the term “financial interest.” Ayliff began to answer the question but was immediately cut off by Ellis who noted that Ayliff was not a noticed expert. The defense then belatedly objected, prompting a quick and sarcastic dressing-down from the judge–but it was again the prosecution’s turn for scorn.

Static filled the courtroom as the longest bench conference of the day ensued. Upon returning to Ayliff’s testimony, the jury learned that the issue had been deferred until Friday–if ever. Then, Assistant U.S. Attorney Uzo Asonye asked about another term of art contained on federal tax forms.

Judge Ellis, who was already standing by this point, advised Ayliff to wait and announced the court would recess early.

After the jury left, Ellis took a few minutes to tell the press and public all about the bench conference. As it turns out, not only was Ayliff a non-noticed witness being asked to give the equivalent of expert testimony, but the prosecution and defense had already agreed on what the term “financial interest” meant. Moreover, this agreement was provided on a proposed–and approved–jury instruction.

That is, not only was Ayliff not an expert and not a noticed expert as necessitated by the Federal Rules of Evidence–but his testimony had the potential to derail an already-agreed-upon definition of the term(s) in question. This, Ellis said, could have “confused or clouded” things for the jury.

WWII Prison Break – The Great Escape You Never Heard About in Austria

H/T War History OnLine.

This is a story about escaping Nazi brutality in a Concentration Camp during World War II we never heard about.

There is no doubt in my mind there could be massive volumes of books written on stories of brutality during World War II that sadly will never be written.

In August 1938, 20 kilometers from the Austrian city of Linz, construction of a concentration camp called “Mauthausen” began and it was first in the Ostmark.

Mauthausen became a concentration camp of the third category in the walls of which the most dangerous and incorrigible prisoners for Germany were kept. This camp had 49 branches. During its existence, more than 122 thousand people died at the site.

Block of Death

Inside Mauthausen, there was a special Block, designated as “K” or Block No. 20, intended for the most dangerous prisoners. The letter “K” in the name meant that all prisoners of this block were subject to immediate liquidation.

In it were placed Soviet officers who were convicted of espionage or sabotage against the Third Reich. These prisoners became dead men walking because rarely did they survive in these conditions for more than three weeks.

SS officers including General Paul Hausser (far right, in overcoat) climbing the “Stairs of Death”, April 1941.By Bundesarchiv – CC BY-SA 3.0 de

Words during the Nuremberg trial of the Spanish photographer who was in the camp of Mauthausen:

“In it were 1800 people who received less than one-quarter of that diet which we received. They had no spoons or plates. From the cauldrons, the Germans threw out the spoiled food to the prisoners directly on the snow and waited for it to freeze. After that, the Russians were ordered to rush for food …”

Built in 1944, Block No. 20 was a separate room surrounded by a high stone wall on top of which was electrified barbed wire. Soon after the construction, “Block K” received the sad name – “Block of Death.” It was also used as a training camp for SS soldiers.

Gate to the garage yard in the Mauthausen concentration camp. By Bundesarchiv – CC BY-SA 3.0 de

Inside the Block, there were two tanks with dirty water. The process of washing was carried out according to the following principle: Prisoners were forced to run to the tanks and splash this water in their faces. Those who did not have time or delayed, were severely beat and could killed.

The prisoners acted as living mannequins during the training of officers and soldiers of German military units. They practiced various kinds of interrogation and torture. Roughly 10 people a day died from the “training”.

From morning until late at night, prisoners from neighboring barracks heard terrifying human cries. Every morning on the cart, the Germans took out the bodies of the prisoners disfigured beyond recognition. The crematorium ovens never cooled.

Appellplatz at the Mauthausen main camp. By Bundesarchiv – CC BY-SA 3.0 de

Inside Block 20 there were only two small rooms without beds in which 1,800 prisoners could hardly fit. The prisoners slept on the floor, lying on top of each other in three or even four layers. In the summer, the Germans purposefully closed all the windows and the prisoners often died from suffocation.

In winter, all the windows were removed from the barracks. Prisoners in Block №20 were never involved in work. However, in the winter they were sent outside and forced to run around in circles or crawl through the snow. Every evening the Nazis poured cold water on the floor of the barrack. In this water, prisoners died from hypothermia during sleep.

Roughly 4 to 6 thousand Soviet officers died in the Block over the course of its existence depending on varying sources. However, the Germans failed to execute everyone and continued adding more prisoners in early 1945.  At the end of January 1945, about 570 people remained alive in block №20. The situation was desperate, but it was about to change.

Heinrich Himmler visiting Mauthausen in June 1941. Himmler is talking to Franz Ziereis, camp commandant, with Karl Wolff on the left and August Eigruber on the right. By Bundesarchiv – CC BY-SA 3.0 de

Run or Die

In January 1945, new prisoners were brought to the block. Mikhail Rybchinsky managed to survive through the hell and spoke about it later:

“We were settled in the 20th barrack … We looked – a terrible thing. There was already a committee of political instructors. We were told the situation: among us were those who recently fought at the front. We talked a lot and decided to escape …”

The prisoners united and developed a plan for escape. By that time, they had found out that the Germans were planning to completely eliminate all prisoners of Block No. 20. The escape was planned for the night from 28 to 29 January. But on January 27, the fascists suddenly forcibly took about 25 people.

As a result, it turned out that a traitor appeared in the team and told the Germans about the impending escape. All 25 people were tortured and after they were burned alive in a crematorium. This did not stop the plans, but the date of the escape was postponed for the night from 2 to 3 February.

On the night of Feb. 1, 1945, none of the remaining prisoners slept. Four assault groups were formed in advance: three groups would attack the machine-gun towers, one – if necessary, would repulse a couter-attack from the guards. Everyone prepared improvised weapons such as stones, broken pieces of a washstand and even fire extinguishers and waited for the guards to fall asleep. At about 1-2 o’clock in the morning, with shouts of “URA!” prisoners rose to escape…

Prisoner Hans Bonarewitz being taken to his execution after escaping and being recaptured 7 July 1942. By Bundesarchiv – CC BY-SA 3.0 de

Recollection of the escape of Mikhail Ryabchinsky:

“We attacked them and strangled them with our bare hands. Next – an officer, his name I did not remember, made a speech: “It is better to die in battle than die in the camp, like the last creature. Those who did not have the strength to rise from the floor, completely undressed – they gave us the last thing they had – clothes so that after the escape we did not freeze in the winter forest…

We said goodbye to them and with a pre-prepared weapon – stones and pieces of coal – rushed to the barbed wire.”

The guards on the towers opened fire on the fugitives, but they showed strong resistance. Taking advantage of the moment, the prisoners from the assault group ascended to the machine-gun tower.

Killing a German soldier and taking control of the machine gun, they opened fire on other machine gun towers. At the same time, other prisoners took advantage of the wooden boards on the ground to short-circuit the electric wire and put a blanket over it. As a result, many prisoners managed to get to get over the wall.

After some time, a siren sounded in the camp and armed German guards stormed into Block № 20. About 70 people did not find the strength to try to escape. They were all shot on the spot. By this time, about 419 prisoners were over the wall and at large. After this, a shameful page began in the history of Austria…

Mühlviertler Hasenjagd – Hunting for Hares

In the first few hours, about a hundred prisoners died. Being in a depleted state, they were stuck in the deep snow and died from exposure. Their bodies were found about 10-15 km from the camp. However, more than 300 people managed to separate into smaller groups, escape from the pursuit and hide in the vicinity.

One of the groups destroyed a German anti-aircraft battery on its way. After killing the soldiers, they seized a gun and a truck. However, later the Germans managed to find and eliminate this group … only one man the group managed to avoid capture.

Mauthausen Commandant Franz Ziereis sent an SS brigade in search of the fugitives. Local gendarmes were instructed to send the people’s militia and the local population in search of escaped prisoners.

Local residents were told of the escape of dangerous criminals and instructed to kill them on the spot. Rewards for each kill of the escapees was offered in cash. The local population began to find and eliminate the fugitives. They enthusiastically organized a massacre and received money for it.

Mauthausen survivors cheer the soldiers of the Eleventh Armored Division of the U.S. Third Army one day after their actual liberation. The banner reads: “The Spanish Anti-Fascists Salute the Liberating Forces.”

Extract from the archive of Mauthausen:

“Corpses stayed where people were killed. The guts and genitals were on display … A farmer lived in Lem-villa, whose wife heard a rustling sound in the stable for goats in the evening. She led her husband, who pulled the fugitive out of his hiding place. The farmer immediately struck the man with a knife in the neck and blood rushed from the wound. The farmer’s wife jumped to the dying man and gave him another slap before his death …”

“Hunters of people” did not spend their bullets and killed fugitives with improvised tools – pitchforks, axes, and knives. The corpses were taken to the village of Reed in der Ridmarkt. There they were dumped in a heap next to the local school.

The Germans conducted a thorough count of all the dead. Three weeks later, the German command confirmed that all the fugitives had been killed. However, this was not accurate.

19 or 20 prisoners survived the escape according to various sources. For 92 days, an Austrian peasant named Langtaler hid two fugitives in her village. At the same time, her two sons were at war fighting for the Wehrmacht.

In 1994, director Andreas Gruber launched a feature film dedicated to these tragic events entitled “Hunting for Hares”. The film became popular in 1994-1995 and received an award in Austria. In May 2001, in the Reed community, on the initiative of the Socialist Youth of Austria, a memorial stele dedicated to this tragedy was established.

When History Closes: Civil War Veterans School Shuttered

H/T War History OnLine.

Leave it to a DemocRat Governor Fast Eddie Rendall(D-Pa)to screw over veterans and their children.

Fast Eddie is most likely doing the bidding of his buddies the teachers union thugs in closing the school as the school was doing a better job educating their children.

The Civil War is, without doubt, one of the defining moments in American political history. In the years 1861–1865, it set family members against one another and turned lifelong friends into enemies, to say nothing of the civil unrest and upheaval it caused.

It cost more than 600,000 lives and dragged on for four years.  Thousands of men lost their lives to disease, starvation, and accidents. Some estimates put the loss of life closer to 800,000.

Consequently, many of the soldiers’ orphaned children had no access to education.

Photograph shows young soldier, possibly a drummer boy.

That all began to change for the better when then Governor Andrew Curtin of Pennsylvania saw children begging for food – children with no money nor a roof over their heads. He initiated and lobbied for a state-wide system of schools to help the children of veterans lost to the war.

By 1889, he had the system in place, and the government support to back it in order to build schools to help teach those children how to read, write, and learn skills that would enable them to find employment and thus look after themselves. Soon the committee, led by Robert Pattison, began its hunt for a site for the first new school.

A.G. Miller, a resident of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, began lobbying for a school to be established in his city. In 1893, he undertook a campaign to convince Pattison’s group to found the school in his town. Failing that, he said, to put the school in Chambersburg, located near the valley where the Battle of Gettysburg took place.

His community had many virtues, he argued: climate, geography and agricultural advantages.  It was a locale where children – orphans in particular – could learn and thrive. Many high profile residents took up the cause along with Miller. A judge in Carlisle, Robert Henderson, said his town “has the natural advantages that can rightfully demand due consideration.”

Andrew Gregg Curtin, Governor of Pennsylvania.

However, the school was not meant to be, at least not right in Carlisle. Nor in Boiling Springs, which was also competing for it. On September 20th, Scotland, Pennsylvania, about four miles north of Carlisle, won the contract.

For just over $200,000 (a paltry sum by today’s standards), the land was purchased and development got underway. In 1895, the Scotland School for Veterans’ Children opened its doors.

When enrollment began to wane in the years after the Civil War, the school opened its doors to any child of any veteran who could attend with no tuition fees attached. Since it opened, the Scotland School for Veterans’ Children has educated thousands of students, grades 3 – 12 in its 114-year history.

Scotland School for Veterans’ Children

In 2009, however, Governor Edward G. Rendall cut off all state funding, and the school was forced to close. Mr. C. Frank Frame, Interim Executive Director, announced on the school foundation’s Facebook page that, “it is with a sad heart and a deep sense of loss that we must announce that S.S.V.C. is closing.” It was then sold to the Winebrenner Theological Seminary for $1.8 million, which opened later that year.

Scott Wallace Never Voted in District He’s Seeking to Represent Until He Voted for Himself

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

DemocRats are reviving their centuries-old practice of being carpetbaggers.

Scott Wallace’s grandfather former VP Henry Wallace was such a failure Commie Lib Emperor Franklin the first dropped before the 1944 election.

Pa. Dem candidate was for years registered in Maryland, where he also never voted in any municipal or odd-year elections.

A Democratic candidate for Congress in Pennsylvania never voted in the district he is seeking to represent prior to voting for himself, despite claiming otherwise, and also has never voted in any municipal or odd-year elections while registered in another state, voting records obtained by the Washington Free Beacon show.

Scott Wallace, a wealthy liberal philanthropist who is the grandson of former Vice President Henry Wallace, is attempting to gain a House seat for Democrats in Pennsylvania’s first congressional district that is currently occupied by first-term Republican incumbent Brian Fitzpatrick.

Wallace is from Bucks County, Pa., which is located in Pennsylvania’s first district. Bucks County was a part of Pennsylvania’s former eighth congressional district, which recently became a part of Pennsylvania’s first congressional district following redistricting in the state, making the district even more friendly to Democrats.

Wallace spent years running his family’s foundation, the Wallace Global Fund, which has disbursed millions of dollars to dozens of far-left organizations, alongside his wife from Maryland and South Africa, before moving back to the area to run for office.

Wallace was quoted saying he had cast a vote in Bucks County in 1978.

“Until last year he was registered to vote in Maryland, though his voter card directed absentee ballots to be mailed to his home in Cape Town, South Africa, where he ran the family’s foundation, the Wallace Global Fund. Mr. Wallace said he last cast a vote in the congressional district he now seeks to represent in 1978,” the Wall Street Journal wrote.

However, Wallace never placed any past votes in Bucks County despite his claims to the Wall Street Journal. In fact, Wallace was not even registered to vote in the county until Dec. 31, 2017, according to his voting history records from the county obtained by the Free Beacon.

Wallace’s first vote appears to have been for himself in the Democratic primary on May 15, the records show.

WallaceBucksCountyVotingRecords

Wallace also never voted in any municipal or odd-year elections while he was registered in Maryland despite now seeking a local seat himself, records show.

“Add another bag of trash to the dumpster fire that is Scott Wallace’s campaign. It’s only fitting that his first vote in Bucks County was for himself,” said Chris Martin, spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Both the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Scott Wallace’s campaign did not respond to requests for comment on Wallace’s voting history.

As Wallace was running his family’s fund from Maryland and South Africa, the group disbursed millions to radical far-left organizations including those who promote the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaigns against Israel.

Wallace additionally gave money to groups that advocate for taxing families for “irresponsible breeding” and financed legal representation for a number of Guantanamo Bay detainees “just after 9/11.”

While Wallace’s fund handed out money to the radical groups, he has never given any funding to groups or organizations located in the area he is running, the Free Beacon previously reported.

 

Supposed Areas of Agreement on ‘Gun Control’ – Not So Settled

H/T AmmoLand.

The Rand Corporation is another bunch of lying leftist bastards who do not know their ass from their elbow.

A dog in this fight — It’s not like RAND is a disinterested party, is it?

USA – -(Ammoland.com)- While admitting there is “no middle ground” on “gun control policy,” a RAND Corporation survey did find “four broad areas of agreement” among “100 experts,” military news website Task & Purpose reported recently. Those areas are:

  1. Expanded mental health prohibitions against gun ownership
  2. Required reporting of lost or stolen firearms
  3. A media campaign to prevent child access to firearms
  4. Surrender of firearms by prohibited possessors.

The RAND “study” is not without agenda, as the way they introduce their survey makes clear. Bemoaning “there is very little scientific evidence available to support the decisions that policymakers and the public must make about whether to implement or change various gun policies” is a thinly-veiled swipe at restrictions on the Centers for Disease Control using its funding to promote a political agenda.

As NRA notes:

“To be clear, Congress did not restrict the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from studying firearms and violence. Instead, it restricted government funding from being used to advocate or promote gun control.”

Besides, CDC brought it on itself with a clear agenda to treat gun ownership as a public health threat along the lines of seeing them treated “like what we did with cigarettes. Now it [sic] is dirty, deadly, and banned.”

Among the respondents surveyed, “legislative analysts working for gun policy advocacy organizations” might be better described as “apparatchiks” than “experts.”  While it appears NRA and NSSF were included, most organizations represented are a rogue’s gallery of gun-grabbers motivated to parrot talking points, not advance “science.”

About those “points of agreement,” here’s what survey responses won’t tell us:

On mental health, we can all agree that crazy, dangerous people shouldn’t have access to guns – or to scissors or matches, for that matter. The truth is, anyone who can‘t be trusted with a gun can’t be trusted without a custodian. And we need to make sure “adjudication” doesn’t mean politically-connected anti-gun judges, politically-appointed boards, and “expert” adherents of the American Psychiatric Association’s anti-gun policies aren’t the ones deciding what needs to be done to whom without full due process protections.

As for requiring lost or stolen property to be reported, the ones who won’t (and can’ be forced to due to Fifth Amendment protections against self-incrimination) are the violent criminals who possessed their guns illegally anyway. The otherwise “law-abiding” who might not be aware of that might end up incriminating themselves anyway if it turns out changes in the ”law” mean what they once owned is now foirbidden, if they didn’t realize it wasn’t “legal” to buy a gun from a friend in a “no private sales” state, or for a myriad of reasons. And let’s not forget gun owners of principle who refuse to comply with registration edicts, such as untold numbers of gutsy Americans in places like Connecticut, California, New York…

In re the “agreement” on media campaigns, have at it—what’s stopping anyone? Or do they expect us tax cows to foot the bill for propaganda that will be used to undermine our rights? The Astroturf groups put plenty of ad agency illusions out there already – the only problem is they get a lot more publicity than rebuttals exposing them for being fraudulent manipulators ofpublic opinion.

“Child access” is another issue with no one-size-fits-all solution, which is what “laws” passed mandating so-called “safe storage” generally try to impose. There may be times when a responsible and trained minor having access to a firearm results in lives being saved. Case in point is the 14-year-old who successfully defended his home against four intruders.  That’s certainly a preferable outcome to the bloody horror of the Merced pitchfork murders.

Finally, whatever “agreement” was reached on “Surrender of firearms by prohibited possessors,” such “laws” not only ignore the “custodian” truism, they often include Americans who have not even been charged with a crime, let alone convicted of one. Guilty until proven innocent may be popular with so-called “progressives,” but some of us properly consider that flat-out un-American.