At Least He’s Taking His Punishment Like a Man

Miles Adkins

by James A. Bacon

In Frederick County, Marine Corps veteran Miles Adkins pleaded guilty Monday to two federal misdemeanors and was sentenced to 12 days in jail, fined, and ordered to pay restitution for offenses he committed during the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

According to DC News Now, Adkins waved other rioters into the building and helped one person climb into the building through a broken window. Later, he was seen on social media with a canned beverage, “bragging that he drank a Coors Lite beer in the U.S. Capitol building.”

Adkins committed misdemeanors, and he’s paying the legal penalty. He may pay a political price, too, as calls are mounting for his resignation from the Frederick County School Board. Voters have every reason to reject an elected official who egged on January 6 rioters and desecrated the Capitol. But Adkins does have one saving grace: He’s not whining about being mistreated.

Contrast that to students in Charlottesville who were arrested during the pro-Gaza protesters for refusing police orders to disperse.

Local prosecutors dismissed complaints of trespassing. But students are bellyaching anyway because the University of Virginia is withholding their degrees until the student judiciary can review complaints filed by the administration, which may not be until the end of the summer. (See previous post.) Lacking their sheepskin makes it harder to find a job, you see.

Adkins is refusing to step down from his school board position. But he has expressed contrition for his actions on Jan. 6.

“I do regret going in there and drinking a beer,” he said. “It’s the people’s house. It’s not my house.”

“I regret that there was violence that day. One hundred percent, I regret that. It’s a travesty,” he said. “It’s a scar on our country.”

There is no indication, however, that the UVA students have apologized for anything. Indeed, some faculty members and local media have expressed sympathy for them. Being a pro-Gaza activist, it seems, means never having to say you’re sorry.

James A. Bacon is contributing editor to The Jefferson Council. The views expressed here are his own.


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63 responses to “At Least He’s Taking His Punishment Like a Man”

  1. Stephen Haner Avatar
    Stephen Haner

    Plenty of others among the J6 traitors to the Constitution are whining about their treatment and hoping for Trump's promised pardons. It remains the reason I still expect to cast no vote at the top of the ballot in November. Biden's unfortunate dementia is hard to watch, seeing my mother at the end in him as I do, but for policy reasons a vote for him would be unthinkable despite that. I bet the "No Labels" folks are kicking themselves in the butt hourly….Manchin would have been a lock.

    1. Nancy Naive Avatar
      Nancy Naive

      Take pity on some of those who have down-ballot choices. For example our poster who moved from NOVA to NC recently. He gets to vote for Mark Robinson… ya know, this guy,
      “Some folks need killing!” Robinson, the state’s lieutenant governor, shouted during a roughly half-hour-long speech in Lake Church in the tiny town of White Lake, in the southeast corner of the state. “It’s time for somebody to say it. It’s not a matter of vengeance. It’s not a matter of being mean or spiteful. It’s a matter of necessity!”

      1. LarrytheG Avatar
        LarrytheG

        youch… no wonder he has not mentioned him!

      2. f/k/a_tmtfairfax Avatar
        f/k/a_tmtfairfax

        As it stands, I don't plan to cast a vote for Governor of North Carolina. Robinson is off the deep end, and Stein regularly lies about access to abortion and other issues. He's not man enough to state that had either Clinton or Obama kept their promises to see the Freedom of Choice Act enacted, abortion access would not be an issue today. That's an uncontrivable fact. (Watch the pseudo-MNBCers claim that it was OK for Clinton and Obama to lie to American women.)

        And, of course, the local media lacks the intelligence and honesty to raise the issue. Gotta love it that more and more journalists are losing their jobs.

        1. Nancy Naive Avatar
          Nancy Naive

          Lied? About abortion? You mean this? https://scholarship.law.stj

          Or this, “Ed Martin has also said he opposes language in abortion bans that allows for abortion to save the life of a mother, falsely saying on his radio show in June 2022, “It’s an absolute scientific fact that no abortion is ever performed to save the life of the mother. None, zero, zilch.”

          The greatest power one can exert over the helpless is to withhold care in the name of God.

          1. f/k/a_tmtfairfax Avatar
            f/k/a_tmtfairfax

            Stein is going around the state complaining about Dobbs. But since Roe v Wade was decided many good lawyers who support choice have criticized Roe as poorly decided. This includes the late Justice Bader Ginsburg. FOCA was drafted to sidestep the possibility that Roe would be reversed. FOCA was written to codify Roe into federal statutes. Both Clinton and Obama promised to make FOCA their high priority, Obama's number one. But when in office, both backed away.

            Had they not lied but carried out their promises (both had large D majorities for their first two years in office), reversing Roe would be immaterial as a matter of law. Moreover, the Ds have had sufficient votes in the Senate to filibuster any attempt to repeal FOCA.

            If Stein were an honest man, he'd explain this fact to the citizens of North Carolina rather than pretending the Democrats could not have done nothing about protecting abortion rights. So, I might write in my own name.

            Why can't you acknowledge that it's Clinton's and Obama's fault that abortion is an issue? It's Trump-like behavior not to do so.

          2. Nancy Naive Avatar
            Nancy Naive

            Poorly decided, it was working. Besides, as clearly demonstrated with SCOTUS, there is no honesty in the law.

          3. Lefty665 Avatar
            Lefty665

            By the early '90s Roe was clearly understood by all to be built on sand and more importantly that it was just a matter of time until it was reversed.

            Obama campaigned on codifying Roe but then dropped it once in office. During his first 2 years the Dems had big majorities including a filibuster proof majority in the Senate. With his leadership it would have passed.

            However, once in office Obama changed his position and announced that he would sign a bill into law if Congress sent it to him. He then went off after his own priorities that were good, but left the ticking time bomb of Roe sitting there winding down to detonation as it very predictably did almost two decades later. The only surprise is that it took so long to go off.

            Obama's campaigning on CHANGE but governing by SAME on many issues was part of what drove us out of the Dem party. Roe was but one example of many.

          4. Nancy Naive Avatar
            Nancy Naive

            Reagan and the two Bush babies understood that Roe was a vote-getting issue, but once the vote was got, to leave it be. When all’s said and done, they’ll wish they hadn’t touched it.

          5. Lefty665 Avatar
            Lefty665

            I agree, I thought Roe was right on the issue, just built on shaky ground. I'm still mad at Obama and the Dems for not fixing it when they had the majorities to do it quickly and simply.

    2. Lefty665 Avatar
      Lefty665

      Yes, watching Biden is hard for me to watch too, and for a similar reason. I was a primary care giver for my Dad as he descended from a supremely competent EE to unable to form a sentence. For Dad it took about 7 years.

      Biden's symptoms were clear 4 years ago and he's declining at about the same pace. He's got no business governing now, not to mention for 4 more years. It is abusive to him as well as the nation and the world. It is just going to get worse, and likely rapidly.

      With Dad some days were better than others, and for awhile he would seem almost his old self for brief periods. But the trend was clear, down, down and down. Brief coherent performances by Biden do not mean he is fit to govern and negate a silly bad debate, everybody has those don't 'ya know. Joe is demented and there is no getting better from that. It only gets worse. He must go, and quickly.

      A pox on all those around him who have known what was happening but concealed it from the rest of us until it became horrifyingly and unavoidably public last Thursday. All of them need to be tarred, feathered and run out of town on a rail, politicians, media and family alike. They have no place in our public life.

      ps: Late breaking news. Mark Warner is putting together a group of Dem senators to urge Biden to exit the race. I may have to take back some of the disparaging things I've had to say about Warner. Guess it's fitting, if Pence could save us from Trump that Warner could save us from Biden.

      1. Marty Chapman Avatar
        Marty Chapman

        Call me a cynic, I think Mark Warner sees his last chance to be President.

        1. Lefty665 Avatar
          Lefty665

          Warner pretty much gave up those dreams after his vision of "radical centrism" gained zero traction in '08.

          He's no bomb thrower so his decision to go public is something of a surprise. It is indicative of the universal recognition, and horror, in political circles in D.C. (and the rest of the country) that Biden is senile.

          Their fear is that if Biden continues to run for re-election he will take not only the White House but both houses of Congress and many state legislatures down with him. That is motivational. It is giving some of the Dems at least the appearance of backbones. Last Thursday Biden sent a message they could no longer ignore.

          Biden's subsequent appearances and his interview have done nothing to assuage their fears. The image of a delusional old codger making things up and angrily reading vows to continue from a teleprompter only make the issues clearer.

          Even a loss to Trump by a real candidate would not do the profound long term damage to the Dems that a top to bottom blow out if Biden continues would wreak. They could be a decade in the minority wilderness recovering from that.

          Here's a pretty good article that describes some of what it looks like (and has looked like from '20 onwards) from the inside.

          https://nymag.com/intellige

      2. f/k/a_tmtfairfax Avatar
        f/k/a_tmtfairfax

        Even Salon can no longer tolerate MSNBC's lying and pandering. https://www.salon.com/2024/07/06/msnbc-in-disarray-bidens-debate-meets-liberal-self-delusion/

        1. LarrytheG Avatar
          LarrytheG

          not really a problem. whatever Dem that might replace him will be fine and we won't have to worry about him/her destroying the democratic and constitutional laws and institutions.

          1. Eric the half a troll Avatar
            Eric the half a troll

            I don’t care who the candidate is. As long as they are running against Trump, they get my vote.

          2. LarrytheG Avatar
            LarrytheG

            Yep. And I don’t think we are alone at all…

          3. f/k/a_tmtfairfax Avatar
            f/k/a_tmtfairfax

            RKF, Jr. He's not Biden or Trump. The D's want open borders and student loan giveaways. I followed the rules to bring in my kids from Korea. I paid my student loans, helped my wife pay off hers, paid my kids tuition and am setting up an account for my grandson. Why should I help bail out parasites?

          4. Eric the half a troll Avatar
            Eric the half a troll

            A Democratic vote for RFK, Jr is a vote for Trump. I agree he is a great alternative for Republicans though. I did the same for my kids – our kids are lucky to have us.

          5. LarrytheG Avatar
            LarrytheG

            TMT – you're voting for what RKF is promising to do?

      1. Stephen Haner Avatar
        Stephen Haner

        Sorry, but he is very likely to win, and the Democrats made it possible. Knowingly. They wanted him to be the nominee. And now we know why, because he is the only R a diminished Biden had a chance to beat. Haley or DeSantis would be shoe-ins now.

      2. Stephen Haner Avatar
        Stephen Haner

        Sorry, but he is very likely to win, and the Democrats made it possible. Knowingly. They wanted him to be the nominee. And now we know why, because he is the only R a diminished Biden had a chance to beat. Haley or DeSantis would be shoe-ins now.

        1. LarrytheG Avatar
          LarrytheG

          Not the Dems who are voting for him! Harris can beat him, all she has to do is point out the things he is saying… and promising now that he has immunity! Not talking trash now, talking for real!

        2. LarrytheG Avatar
          LarrytheG

          Not the Dems who are voting for him! Harris can beat him, all she has to do is point out the things he is saying… and promising now that he has immunity! Not talking trash now, talking for real!

    3. Matt Adams Avatar
      Matt Adams

      Treason is a legally defined term, that has specific requirements. Flippantly assigning "treason" by either side is just hyperbole.

      Punish people for the crimes they committed, however the DOJ's novel use of a law outside of intentions is a travesty and miscarriage of justice. The Government knows it has unlimited resources and can force people into plea deals for crimes they never commit, because of the probability of financial ruin, they is deplorable.

      Also, the fact that you're cool with people being imprisoned without due process, means you shouldn't be afforded it yourself.

    4. Matt Adams Avatar
      Matt Adams

      Treason is a legally defined term, that has specific requirements. Flippantly assigning "treason" by either side is just hyperbole.

      Punish people for the crimes they committed, however the DOJ's novel use of a law outside of intentions is a travesty and miscarriage of justice. The Government knows it has unlimited resources and can force people into plea deals for crimes they never commit, because of the probability of financial ruin, they is deplorable.

      Also, the fact that you're cool with people being imprisoned without due process, means you shouldn't be afforded it yourself.

    5. WayneS Avatar

      Please consider writing in my name…

      1. Lefty665 Avatar
        Lefty665

        You're still good with Nancy as Sec State aren't you?

        1. WayneS Avatar

          Oh, yes. A good time wil be had by all. And we'll save the republic.

          1. Lefty665 Avatar
            Lefty665

            You've got my vote.

  2. walter smith Avatar
    walter smith

    Hey – Jim – new book idea – Palestine Love Story!
    As a sequel to Campusland – bring in Scott Johnston.
    The lesbian leaning, bi-sexual Hamas supporter meets her straight Muslim lover secretly on the roof of the Multicultural Center (otherwise known as Newcomb Hall) and gets thrown to the ground…cuz love never means having to say you're sorry.

  3. LarrytheG Avatar
    LarrytheG

    If UVA pressed charges, could the prosecutors still refuse to prosecute?

    1. walter smith Avatar
      walter smith

      yes. Prosecutor already said so, and UVA uses that as the excuse not to punish, even though all clubs have to sign an agreement promising compliance with all laws.

      1. LarrytheG Avatar
        LarrytheG

        so.. UVA chooses not to prosecute them?

        1. walter smith Avatar
          walter smith

          uva does not have prosecutorial power for State laws. UVA does have power for its own policies. It’s own policies require compliance with all laws – th local State Federal, and all UVA policies. uVA student Judith, being composed of good little activists, likely recruited and heavily subsidized, will let her off, but there should be some jurisdiction violating the CIOpolicy. Fraternities get suspended for calling a goat a goat…

          1. LarrytheG Avatar
            LarrytheG

            But could they not have pursued civil legal action against those who trespassed on UVA property, and made a strong point in doing it.? They chose not to.

          2. LarrytheG Avatar
            LarrytheG

            But could they not have pursued civil legal action against those who trespassed on UVA property, and made a strong point in doing it.? They chose not to.

          3. walter smith Avatar
            walter smith

            Proving damages for trespass? Unless in a Leftist jurisdiction with a perceived Right defendant (like Unite the Right), no way in the very warm place…
            But, some Jewish students, to follow the analogy, should have UVA’s and UVA Law’s full support to bankrupt SJP and its supporters for all of the emotional harm…

    2. f/k/a_tmtfairfax Avatar
      f/k/a_tmtfairfax

      Just like Bragg in New York.

  4. Nancy Naive Avatar
    Nancy Naive

    I have always said, “You can get better healthcare elsewhere but you can’t pay more for it.”

    https://au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/american-woman-traveled-turkey-810-031603705.html

  5. Eric the half a troll Avatar
    Eric the half a troll

    Students peacefully camping on grounds is not equivalent to violent invasion of the US Congress in an attempt to interrupt the peaceful transition of power after a Presidential election. Surprised that needs to be pointed out … not really…

    1. LarrytheG Avatar
      LarrytheG

      sorta like saying that Dems have "challenged" elections also…. just like Trump tried to!

    2. f/k/a_tmtfairfax Avatar
      f/k/a_tmtfairfax

      Neither is protected by the First Amendment. See my response to Larry's question on an earlier posting (re: UVA and graduation).

      1. LarrytheG Avatar
        LarrytheG

        right. But cite the law that says you can't have "encampments" on Va college campuses…

      2. Eric the half a troll Avatar
        Eric the half a troll

        None of your arguments negate the fact that JAB has set up a false equivalence.

        1. f/k/a_tmtfairfax Avatar
          f/k/a_tmtfairfax

          That's not my point. My point is that a number of people on this blog are falsely claiming that pitching tents and maintaining them is protected speech. It's not but I expect that, just like Trump, the falsehoods will continue.

          1. LarrytheG Avatar
            LarrytheG

            I didn't say it was but I asked for a cite showing it was not and that law was used in removing them. It's not a "falsehood" to ask for a cite for something being claimed… is it?

  6. Nancy Naive Avatar
    Nancy Naive

    No Smoking… there’s so much straw in this article it’s at risk of spontaneously combusting.

  7. Thomas Dixon Avatar
    Thomas Dixon

    Any word on the Jan. 6 pipe bomber or what Kamala was doing at the DNC that day? Seems like they would have mentioned how close she came to being a victim. Unless of course it was a sham.

    1. Lefty665 Avatar
      Lefty665

      Mum's the word. Guess his cell phone wasn't one of the ones they were interested in that day. It is curious that the FBI found that although the bombs were real, they contained actual explosives, neither was actually wired to explode. Maybe it was Uncle Sam the Sham with the Pharaohs driving the getaway car.

      1. Eric the half a troll Avatar
        Eric the half a troll

        You know who else feed conspiracy theories about Jan. 6…? Trumpsters… coincidence…? Sure it is…

        1. Lefty665 Avatar
          Lefty665

          There have been no arrests. Not even any hints of suspicion while there have been thousands of arrests of people at the capitol. Rioters at the capitol should be prosecuted for crimes they committed, but none of them were bombers.

          Why aren't the FBI and DoJ interested in catching the bomber? Why were bombs planted that were not wired to actually explode? They've moved heaven and earth to identify Capitol rioters, but no hint they care about the bomber. None, zip, nada. Why not?

          Your vacuous but profound Trump derangement syndrome drives most every foolish comment you make. I encourage you to shape up before the self respecting trolls revoke your troll license.

          1. Eric the half a troll Avatar
            Eric the half a troll

            Your repeated invoking of the pejorative TDS term again demonstrates your true alignment.

          2. Lefty665 Avatar
            Lefty665

            Nah, it describes your derangement. Displacement will get you nowhere.

            Have a nice day.

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