Reading the Dorain Johnson account, I'm just having trouble believing the "tug of war" part. It just doesn't make sense at all. And since this event, this initial confrontation between Big Mike and Darren Wilson, is the entire basis for this case (did he or didn't he reach for the gun), even more so than the shooting itself, it should be regarded with the most scrutiny. Here are the aspects of this account that just don't add up to me.
The grab of Big Mike's shirt: If you've been trained in hand-to-hand self defense, like Krav Maga or the like, as most police officers are, one of the biggest lessons you learn is you never grab someone, much less an article of clothing. Because you are sacrificing one of your weapons and 50% of your ability to defend yourself. If you grab a shirt, you have effectively one arm, and your attacker has two free arms to swing at you with, and you only have one arm to defend yourself. Seriously, next time you're in a fist fight, grab someone by the front of their shirt and hold on. See how well that works out for you. And in a car, he's basically giving up 100% of his defense ability. I contend that no one with any amount of defense training would grab a shirt.
What was Wilson's plan?: Okay, you are in a car, with a 300lb man out your window. So you grab his shirt through the window and start yanking? What is your plan of action here? Are you going to one-handedly pull a 300 pound man who is bracing himself against the car door through your car window? For what purpose? Stretch him over your knee and give him a paddling?
The death grip: I'm not 300 lbs. But I'm pretty sure if someone reached through a car window and grabbed my shirt with one hand, I could pretty easily get out of his grasp. I sincerely doubt if you packed another 85 pounds on me, and you had someone grab my shirt through a car window, that I would have any trouble getting his hand off me, much less that this seated, disadvantaged, one-armed attacker with no leverage would be able to get me in anything that could be described as a tug-of-war.
The hand-off: Okay, so this is a severe tug-of-war that is taking every ounce of a 300lb man's strength in order to match the intensity of the wild police officer. So how is he able to seemingly take a breather and hand off the cigarillos to Dorian while both arms are locked in to the car do to prevent Big Mike from being dragged in through the car window to receive a vicious lap top tickling, or whatever else Wilson had in mind?
"I'll Shoot!": So now Big Mike is winning the tug of war. Presumably, since every ounce of his strength has been used to resist the one-armed pull of the remarkably powerful Darren Wilson, that would seem to be a force in the opposite direction of Wilson. So if Big Mike is winning, one would imagine it would result in him moving AWAY from Wilson. So this prospect of Big Mike getting free of his grasp, and assuredly escaping puts Darren Wilson in such fear for his life that he threatens, "I'll Shoot!" That seems more like the shout of someone who is fending off an attacker than someone who is trying desperately to keep a jaywalker from escaping his grasp.
Not saying it didn't happen exactly this way. Damn sure not saying I believe Wilson's testimony wholeheartedly. Not saying I can begin to speculate what actually happened there. Just saying these aspects of Dorian's story just don't make any damn sense!
Yeah. People with heterosexual tendencies and who are comfortable with their sexuality generally don't care about the sexuality of others. If you're so wound up and activistic in trying to correct other people's sexual tendencies, it probably indicates your discomfort with your own latent urges.
The Dr. told me he could knock me out or give me a shot that would numb me from the waist down and I could watch. I think it would be cool to watch!
Do it! I watched a couple arthroscopic ACL replacements, and they are absolutely fascinating. Unless you are really squeamish, it's not gross at all. There is almost no blood, and it's fascinating to see the inner workings of your body.
And generally speaking, I don't like to go under general anesthesia unless my life depends on it. Get the local and enjoy the show!
There should be a requirment to spend a week in the city whose team you follow to truly pledge your fan support. There would be lots of black and gold poo in dumpsters around the US shortly thereafter.
I've never set foot in Charlotte, or even been near it...
I see how they came up with idea... bunch of high ranked generals get together and light up a joint... They start talking about The Avangers movie while chewing on some cheetos and all of the sudden Commander of Airforce says "fug it, lets build one". "Lets, do it!" Says another high ranked official. Third high ranked official says "How much it will cost?" Airforce director say "Who gives a fug, it's not like we paying for it!" Everyone laughs.
Not yet, Arsen. Weed legalization still has to pass through the new Mayor's office. Won't go into effect until March at the very earliest, or 2016 at the most likely.
Besides, it's already legal to possess and grow in DC (short of distributable amounts).