Fred Henneke, Attorney & Counselor-At-Law

WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW; 06/27/2020

Well, this has certainly not been the lazy, relaxing summer we envisioned back in January/February. Mother Nature had other plans for this summer. And, other events also interfered Let’s look at them

.1. COVID 19. The world-wide pandemic did not spare the United States. We now have the most confirmed cases and deaths of any country in the world. The steps recommended by the medical professionals to slow the spread of the virus resulted in severe economic consequences. We now have a nation deeply divided between those who hold that the measures recommended by the medical professionals brought about such draconian economic harm that the economic consequences were worse that the illness caused by the virus.and those that hold life is more precious that temporary economic distress. I believe there is a middle road. .Businesses can re-open with social distancing and required masks IF the people cooperate.It doesn’t have to be all open or all shut down.The barber shop I use is back in business; everyone has a mask on and the stations are appropriately separated and cleaned after each client. And they tell me business ifs fine. All they needed was a chance to conduct business under reasonable rules that everyone knew and respected.

2.  Black Lives Matter. That has become the umbrella name for the racial justice protests throughout the country, Spurred by the murder of George Lloyd and others, multi-racial, multi-generational protests clamor for not only policing reform but  correction of the entire racial bias that permeates our society.  Initially the protests focused on reforming police practices but soon spread to symbols of slavery such as statutes of Confederate generals or leaders, monuments to the Confederacy and public buildings named for Confederate leaders; even spread to “Gone With the Wind”. The protests are now spreading to injustice and oppression in the broader sense;.hopefully they will result in broad, meaningful dialogue about race and its place in American society OUTSIDE of the restrictive existing political parties.

3.  Presidential Election. Subject to pro-forma confirmation, the battle lines are drawn. President Donald Trump will run for re-election as a Republican and former Vice-President Joe Biden will run as a Democrat.

It has not been a good. spring and summer for the President. His approval rating has diminished; he trails Mr. Biden in national polls by a substantial margin; he trails Mr. Biden in most of the key battleground states; his recent public rally in Tulsa was a debacle. Every time the President attempts to downplay the corona virus, Mother Nature rises up in opposition. The economy, which was intended to be the linchpin of the re-election campaign, has tanked because of the impact of the virus. And John Bolton’s tell-all has been published and circulating.

Mr. Biden, as one might expect from Mr. Trump’s predicament, has had a better time. He has started making limited public, controlled appearances. The speculation over the his vice-president choice is creating media attention. His fund-raising is up. However, Mr. Biden still does not engender overwhelming enthusiasm among the electorate.

To sum up, it is June 28 and the election is in November.. What seems significant today really has no baring on the ultimate outcome.

STAY TUNED

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GEORGE LLOYD – RIP; 06/02/2020

Plain and simple, George Lloyd was murdered by white Minneapolis policemen simply because he was black. No question about it. He was arrested for a minor offense, never resisted, posed no threat to the officers or society, yet was brutally murdered. As day follows night, protests sprang up throughout our land. The protests were, and… Continue Reading

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  1. Bob Waller says:

    Fred
    I agree with your basic premise. I think that law enforcement needs to cull out the abusers and set a ‘zero tolerance’ rule on any type of racism related incidents within their ranks.

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POTPOURRI; 05/18/2020

Random thoughts while hunkering down and social distancing:  Give It A  Rest. Democratic members of the House of Representatives are petitioning the US Supreme Court to order the Trump Administration to turn over documentation so they can see if there were other “impeachment” offenses perpetrated. Isn’t one old-fashioned fanny kicking enough? Why don’t you turn… Continue Reading

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COVID 19;04/15/2020

We are now a nation deep in the throes of the pandemic. Every state has now issued some form of “shelter in place” order intended to keep people home and away from potential virus exposures. We have more confirmed cases than any other nation and the death toll continues to rise. We all would like… Continue Reading

2 responses to “COVID 19;04/15/2020”

  1. Bob Waller says:

    Fred
    I agree with your comments, but it is sounding as if the virus might have come from bad lab protocol, and could have remained in China’s borders if handled properly. I hope we have the ability to find out for sure, but the genie is out of the bottle and we need to pull together to help wind this down with as little new deaths as we can.
    Thanks for your insight and thoughts

    • Fred Henneke says:

      Thanks, Bob. My post was not intended to absolve the Chinese – I believe they intentionally concealed information on general principles – but to encourage a positive attitude and response more in keeping with our response to previous national crises. You-all take care’

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COVID 19; 03/23/2020

COVID 19 – a virus that is part of the Coronavirus family, is presently sweeping around the world like a California wild-fire. It is a natural disease, like the annual flu, albeit a new version. No one person or nation is responsible for COVID 19. It just happened to erupt first in China before spreading… Continue Reading

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“I belong to no organized party. I am a Democrat”*; 03/09/2020

The Democrat party started this electoral season with 17 announced candidates, the most diverse slate ever. The last debate was winnowed to six candidates, including one late entry – four white men and two white women (one white woman did not qualify for the debate). Now, after Super Tuesday, the field consists of two, septuagenarian… Continue Reading

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IMPEACHMENT TAKEWAYS; 02/10/2020

FACT: Donald J. Trump is the third President of the United States to be impeached for “high crimes and misdemeanors”. FACT: Donald J. Trump is the third President of the United States to be impeached but not removed from office. TAKEAWAYS: Winners:  !.  President Donald J. Trump –  Acquitted on both Articles of Impeachment  by… Continue Reading

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BAD FORM; 02/06/2020

“Nancy and Donnie, you both have been very naughty in class today. Now go stand in the corner with your face to the wall until you can behave like proper children.” Here in Texas, we teach our children to shake hands firmly and look the other person in the eye while doing so. If your… Continue Reading

3 responses to “BAD FORM; 02/06/2020”

  1. Gerry gentry says:

    Hear, hear; well said.

  2. MLB says:

    Well said. I’m still stunned by their deplorable example of mis behaviour. In the military, we were always taught to respect the office of the Commander in Chief. Would never think otherwise!

    And that half time show was disgusting. I’m glad my two young granddaughters were not around to se it. Disgraceful! It sickens me to see national tv endorse that show. Thank you for speaking out.

  3. Bob Waller says:

    I agree. Very disrespectful and childish by both individuals. Well said.

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R.I.P. IMPEACHMENT; 02/03/2020

Tomorrow, Tuesday, Senators will have the opportunity to make speeches explaining their votes, which will actually be cast on Wednesday. Don’t expect a lot of honesty. Rather, what we will get are the justification for their decisions to remove or not, couched in terms that enhance their re-election chances (for those 35 up for re-election… Continue Reading

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  1. Harry says:

    Hey Fred, Thanks for the Blog. You can round out your discussion by reading 84 Yale Law Review 1419 on line. Hope see you soon. Harry

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SHIFTING FOCUS: 01/14/2020

The issue of the impeachment of President Trump having been determined, the attention now turns to the issue of removal from office. It appears that the House of Representatives will vote on appointing “Managers”, aka Prosecutors, to present the reasons for the impeachment of the President to the Senate, sitting as a jury. The Managers… Continue Reading

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  1. Ilza Chappins says:

    Thank you for the insight of how our government should work.

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