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Fri Jul 9, 2021, 05:41 PM

The definition of chutzpah - digby

(Personally, I don't know why digby is not cited more frequently here on DU. But I'm a recent reader....)

The definition of chutzpah
Published by digby on July 9, 2021

That insurrectionist thinks he should be left off the hook in order to heal the nation. The next time someone complains about liberal snowflakes, think of this:

As hundreds of his fellow MAGA rioters stormed all corners of the Capitol on Jan. 6, Paul Hodgkins headed straight for the Senate chamber.

After walking among the desks once inhabited by lawmakers certifying the presidential election—before being forced into hiding—the 38-year-old Florida man took off his protective eye goggles and snapped a selfie before joining his fellow insurrectionists.

That photograph led to Hodgkins’ February arrest after an acquaintance tipped off the FBI—and his eventual decision to strike a plea deal with prosecutors. Now, his defense lawyers are arguing their “kind” client does not deserve prison time for his one felony count.

And in an unreal turn of events, his attorneys are arguing that a lenient sentence on July 19 for the Tampa resident would actually “heal” the nation.

“This case is the story of a man who represents all that we would want in our fellow Americans,” defense attorney Patrick Leduc argued in a sentencing memo to Judge Randolph D. Moss. “It is the story of [a] man who for just one hour on one day, lost his bearings and his way.”

“A sentence that provides Paul Hodgkins ‘charity’ would go a very long way toward healing a nation in dire need of seeing what undeserved ‘grace’ looks like,” Leduc added.

The claim is among a series of head-scratching arguments made in the 32-page sentencing memo, including the declaration that “Hodgkins should not be cancelled.”

Hodgkins wanted to “cancel” an election. And he happily joined a crowd that wanted to “cancel” the Vice President and Speaker of the House.

Nobody’s calling for this insurrectionist to be “cancelled.” They are calling for him to be held accountable for what he did.


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MyOwnPeace Jul 2021 #1
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Rhiannon12866 Jul 2021 #4
abqtommy Jul 2021 #3

Response to erronis (Original post)

Fri Jul 9, 2021, 05:53 PM

1. NAILED IT!!!!!!

He wanted to cancel a fair, honest election.
He wanted to cancel honest elected officials doing what they were sworn to do.

CANCEL the pity - heal a nation by showing what justice does to those that choose to try to destroy our democracy.

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Response to erronis (Original post)

Fri Jul 9, 2021, 06:45 PM

2. Right now our Nation needs protection more than it needs healing.

Stop the threats of violence, sedition and insurrection and then we can start the healing.

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Response to Midnight Writer (Reply #2)

Sat Jul 10, 2021, 07:28 AM

4. Well said.

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Response to erronis (Original post)

Fri Jul 9, 2021, 11:24 PM

3. Yiddish is a very expressive language. I'd call Hodgkins a "schmuck with misdirected


Definition of schmuck (slang): a stupid, foolish, or unlikeable person : jerk

Note:the above is the family definition. It also refers to the male genitalia of humans or animals.


Definition of chutzpah: supreme self-confidence : nerve, gall


Everything I learned about Yiddish I found in the Leo Rosten book "The Joys Of Yiddish" in which
the spoken language is described as sounding like the speaker is constantly clearing his
or her throat. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Joys_of_Yiddish

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