Slog PM: Trump’s lawyers’ weak defense, SPD arrests suspect for intimidating councilor, send us your birds

Trump lawyers Bruce Castor and Michael van der Veen are probably talking about how they could honestly just go home, because the Republicans will vote for acquittal anyway. Pool / Getty Images

The great defense strategy of Trump’s lawyers today: Was a supercut of Democrats using the word “fight” or putting together references to fighting in political speeches over weird, dramatic music. The point, I think, was to show that a lot of people are telling their bases to “fight like hell,” as Trump said before the January 6 rally turned violent. Many people in the room laughed during the presentation. Some Democrats were heated. From the New York Times

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“Anytime show me that the result was our supporters pulling someone out of the crowd, knocking out the live shit, and then we said, ‘That’s great. Good for you. You’re a patriot,'” said Senator Chris Coons from Delaware after watching the video.

A “ridiculous and monstrous lie”: Trump’s Defense clinging to the defense that this entire accusation and the allegations against Trump were a big lie. Trump? Inciting violence during his presidency? Pshhhh. He never would! That was the crux of the lawyers’ argument. They only used three of their allotted 16 hours. That’s how certain they are about the backboneless Republicans who are unlikely to vote for conviction. The team also said the defense was so short that attorney David Schoen was able to attend the question and answer phase before he had to go out to observe the Sabbath.

Ugh, wait, sorry. We must consult: Whatever it is that Ted Cruz did to his hair. What is this in the alt-right Billy Ray Cyrus?

The question and answer session: Politics is weird. So the way this works is everyone submits a question and each party has up to 5 minutes to respond, but if both parties need to respond, the 5 minutes will be split. The most interesting questions came from sens. Susan Collins from Maine and Lisa Murkowski from Alaska and Senator Mitt Romney from Utah. From CNN

Collins and Murkowski jointly asked Trump’s legal team to describe when Trump learned of the riots and the actions he was taking. They asked the lawyers to be as specific as possible, but Trump attorney Michael van der Veen only said Trump tweeted at 2:38 pm before launching an attack on the House Democrats for lack of due process.

Done: The Senate will meet again tomorrow at 7 a.m.PT. A final vote to convict or acquit could come at noon PT.

SPD arrests a Seattle Fire Department employee in a threat investigation: A 42-year-old SFD employee was arrested today in connection with threats against a member of Seattle City Council. The employee was booked into King County Jail for harassment, identity theft, and computer trespass charges. While the SPD report does not specify, this is likely the investigation that SPD started after Councilman Kshama Sawant reported she had received threatening emails from a city worker last month.

King County Sheriff Fires Detective “All Lives Splatter”Over the summer, Detective Michael Brown made multiple Facebook posts joking about violence against Black Lives Matter protesters, such as PubliCola reportedOne of these messages contained a sticker of a car crashing into a group of stick figures with “All Lives Splatter” above the scene. Brown also wrote, “I see a few people got infected with Covid-19 from the hood of a car on I-5 last night,” referring to the night in July where a car hit two protesters on I-5, where one perished. Mitzi Johanknecht, sheriff of King County, said Brown’s resignation was due to his “extreme indifference to life and racial equality.”

This weekend it’s the Great Backyard Bird Count

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This image comes from Kevin, our distribution man, who loves birdwatching. This is one of his “Junco buddies”. Kevin wants us to remind you that it is the Great number of birds in the backyard this weekend. If you take some pictures of your birds, we would like to see them

What do we think Melania Trump’s office will do? Only wrong answers, please.

Meanwhile, FLOTUS Dr. Jill Biden: Is painting a lawn art?

Iowa law wants hunting to be more accessible: If passed, House Study Bill would allow 196 non-ambulatory Iowans to hunt their motorized scooters

People are milking the psychedelic toads too much: The Sonoran Desert pad secretes 5-MeO-DMT, a psychedelic compound that can get you high. Scientists are concerned that people are milking the trip juice from the toads too much and that it will wipe out the speciesStop it. Take some mushrooms like everyone else.

A Twitter account about McDonald’s strange architecture: Sure, I’ll bite.

In entertainment news: Phoebe Waller-Bridge from Flea bag acclaim and Donald Glover’s Atlanta work together to a Mr. and Mrs. Smith series for Amazon, you know, the movie that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie liked?

Evacuations at Boeing Field: Residents of Georgetown were evacuated Friday afternoon after experiencing a commercial building near Boeing Field a “major gas leak”.

Real love Tennessee man leaves $ 5 million to dog in will: ‘she’s a good girl’

Snow, snow, snow: It’s coming.

This is how much snow we will get: You can find out what those graphs mean. I’ll be paying attention to all the photos people are posting on Twitter of rulers in their yard. Teamwork.

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