The Smollett Case

Due to shifting stories, I’ve stopped publicly speculating about just what happened to the actor. But I’ve been following reports in my spare time today.

PJ Media currently has the best single summary, which saves me the effort of collating it myself.

But conflicting versions of the incident from Smollett himself, and details reported by the media being outright contradicted by Chicago Police have raised questions about what actually happened.

No kidding.

Debra Heine noted on the PJ Media last night that police had found surveillance video of Smollett, but had not been able to find video of the alleged assailants.

Specifically, they think they’ve backtracked the entire route Smollett said he took.

The Chicago Police issued subsequent statements denying TMZ’s claim that Smollett reported the suspects yelling “this is MAGA country.” However, Chicago Police later said that Smollett did reveal the detail in a second interview — taken after the TMZ story had spread:

Conveniently recalled after it made the news and garnered him much sympathy.

Chicago Police do not have any video of the assailants and continue to look for surveillance video. Investigators heard the “MAGA country” claim in media reports and called Smollett again. In that supplemental interview he shared that info with police. 2/2


Smollett also asked the officers to turn off their body cameras when they entered the residence, a high-end apartment reportedly owned by his friend:

You’d think if he was reporting a crime, he’d want his injuries video documented. Oh…

Local media reported that Smollett was even reluctant to give police a statement initially, and refused ambulance transport.

I’m not speculating. But if you want to see some rather pointed speculations, check out replies on the Chicago Police Office of Communications and News Affairs twitter feed.


[Updated 3: I may have jumped the gun] Chiraq is MAGA country?

OK, I’m starting to see reports which are a little less lurid, and actually include supporting documentation. To start, we have

Jussie Smollett Emergency Call Describes Noose Being Placed Around ‘Empire’ Star’s Neck
Jussie Smollett had apparently just walked out of his apartment in Chicago when he was brutally attacked.

The Blast obtained the emergency dispatch call placed around 2:30 AM to responders after Smollett’s friend called to report the attack.

The dispatcher claims a friend called about a friend “that was assaulted when he walked out of his apartment.” The official also noted that the victim is “supposed to be well known,” and that a “noose” was placed over his neck.

Nothing about MAGA, and Subway is out of the narrative. The attack allegedly occurred at his hotel/apartment. Not sure why another report claimed police were checking surveillance video at a Subway.

In the way of supporting documentation, we now have an audio recording of the dispatcher call to the police in the field. The dispatcher says that a friend of the victim called in and said he was assaulted and battered “when he walked out of his apartment.” If someone out to get him was staking out his apartment building and caught him there, it makes a lot more sense than happening across him as he left a Subway in the middle of the night.

The dispatcher mentions that the address in the system is on lower North Water, but that the address is –bleeped-. If Smollett was jumped as he left his apartment building, that’s about right, as North Water is a cross-street with the listed address of the hotel.

This also eliminates trying to explain why the guy was walking around downtown Chicago in 7 degree weather. He’d only just left the building and may have even been headed to his car.

Pending more — and hopefully more reliable — information, this looks more like the real thing, and less like the hoax I had suspected. I’d very much like to know who the lurid details like f****t, n****r, and MAGA country came from.

Original speculation below

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Ocasio-Cortez would do well to speak with this gentleman

To do so would be the first glimmering of intelligence she’s exhibited to date.

Open Letter to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Dear Rep. Ocasio-Cortez,

Your official House web page requires me to enter a zip code in your district to send you an email. I understand that you work for your constituents, but you’re going to vote on laws that affect everyone in the United States, and you’ve become a national figure. So, while I live in Puerto Rico and not New York, I’m writing you this open letter, hoping it reaches you.

First, I want to say that while I disagree with every policy idea I’ve heard you advance, I don’t hate you. I’m not here to call you names, nor gain brownie points from “my side” by attacking the object of their fear, anger, and derision.

Actually, I have no side. I’m not a member of any political party. Or perhaps we’re on the same side; you clearly seem to care more about people than parties. So do I.

I’ve known Lobo for years (though we’ve fallen out of contact in recent years). He’s intelligent and articulate. And I can imagine his expression as he typed

You seem intelligent, well informed, and sincere.

Well… I’ll give her sincere. Intelligent and well-informed is a bit much for someone pushing a “Green New Deal” that would cost $2.5 trillion and require three times the entire world’s renewable energy manufacturing capacity. Maybe Lobo can explain that to her.

If she’s smart enough to listen.



Trump and Republicans — which sounds like a high school garage band, and has almost as much political acumen — have caved. On border security, this time. “Temporarily.”

Three weeks to “negotiate.” And our amateur musicians think they can manage to get border security in the permanent funding deal. Even though they demonstrated the willingness to cave already.

Maybe they’ll surprise me. It isn’t impossible. But if they don’t manage to locate both balls and brains…

Prior to 2019, the Republicans held the House, Senate, and White House. They achieved that by among other things promising to repeal Obamacare. They didn’t.

With the House, Senate, and White House, they failed to deliver hearing protection, national reciprocal carry, or any other meaningful 2A protection.

They failed to to properly investigate and punish the IRS (non-profit scandal), the ATF (Fast & Furious, Gunwalker II, and the many… backfired stings), HRC (Benghazi, Uranium One, email, willful mishandling of classified material), and so much more.

Far from protecting 2A human/civil rights, they supported (and still are, to extent of sponsoring legislation) universal preemptively-prove-your-innocence prior restraint, “assault weapon” bans, and did manage a ban on inert bump-fire stocks, in a way that — especially with an incoming socialist Democrat administration will lead to — at the very least — a ban on semi-automatic firearms.

For Ghu’s sake, they’re trying to give us swamp creature William Barr as AG. Again. Draining the swamp? “You keep using that word…”

Unless the Republicans finally act with brains and courage — they currently appear to possess as much of those qualities as a finely diced planarian — the party is dead.

I expect the Democrats (unless they formally change the name to Democratic Socialists by then) to take the House, Senate, and White House in the 2020 elections.

The Republicans will have eliminated themselves as a viable political force on the national level; they may hold some sway at the local and state levels, but I’m not betting on that.

That leaves the Democrat machine, and a handful of very minor third parties representing tiny blocs, on the national field. Essentially the Democrats will have no challengers.

Generations of conditioning have trained voters to look to the Democrats or Republicans. It’s rare for a third party or independent candidate to get voted into office at anything above the level of state legislator.

Republican/Democrat ballot access laws — which will still be there, limiting challengers to the Democrats — have seen to that, too.

Someone I know has suggested that 2020 votes will be split between the Democrats and … write-ins. Probably. Unfortunately, write-ins won’t be coordinated enough to defeat the Democrats. At the national level, a write-in candidate will not gain a plurality, much less a majority. So…


Especially with their new voters. Please note that Trump and the Republicans have already conceded on green cards for currently illegal aliens. The Democrats are not going to let them take that back off the table.

Now note that Democrats have pushed for years to allow green card holders to vote in state and local elections. Which, by past voter fraud history, means they vote in national elections, too; because no one has a registration system to tell them apart.

Expect the green card vote to pass into federal law in time for 2020. Because Republican politicians are stupid, with all the self-awareness of a cucumber.

2020: Democrat White House, Senate, House.

By 2024, one won’t even need a green card to vote, much less citizenship.

By 2026, citizenship in anything called the United States will be moot.

Thank you, Republicans.

Lessons Learned: Covington, Portland, et al

1. Police will not intervene to stop criminal activity by leftists (panty-fa, Black Hebrews, etc.)
2. If conservatives/rightwingers/Republicans/not-leftwing defend themselves, they will be arrested and/or painted as the aggressors in the media. You will be doxxed and threatened.
3. If you maturely exercise restraint in the face of initiated taunting, you will still be painted as the aggressor.

Conclusion: When faced with criminal activity by leftwingers, you might as well defend yourself appropriately. You have nothing left to lose. In such a situation, it’s beginning to appear that taking an honor guard down with you is the best remaining option.