19 thoughts on “News/Politics 6-16-20

  1. First off today I’ll respond to this from Cheryl yesterday.

    “AJ, as far as I know, flags are not given to people other than veterans, though I don’t know any reason they culdn’t be. (The flag is an American symbol, not a military symbol). But I think that referring to him as “a common criminal” is completely glossing over what made him newsworthy. To the best of my knowledge it isn’t even accurate. He has been claimed as a brother in Christ. Whatever crimes he may or may not have committed in his life, what put him in the news was that he was brutally murdered. That is the relevant issue here.”

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    “But I think that referring to him as “a common criminal” is completely glossing over what made him newsworthy. To the best of my knowledge it isn’t even accurate.”

    The problem here, is your statement isn’t accurate. Mine is. So let me expand your knowledge.

    Floyd had been arrested 9 times prior, this was the 10th. For drugs on more than one occaison, trying to pass counterfeit bills, and a home invasion where he threatened a pregnant woman by pointing a gun at her belly. Let that sink in. That doesn’t sound like a brother in Christ, it sounds like a common criminal. While he may have claimed Christ later, there is nothing in his life that shows any fruit to his supposed faith.

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    https://nypost.com/2020/06/02/george-floyd-had-violent-criminal-history-minneapolis-union-chief/

    ““What is not being told is the violent criminal history of George Floyd. The media will not air this,” police union president Bob Kroll told his members in a letter posted Monday on Twitter.

    Floyd had landed five years behind bars in 2009 for an assault and robbery two years earlier, and before that, had been convicted of charges ranging from theft with a firearm to drugs, the Daily Mail reported.”

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    “He has been claimed as a brother in Christ. ”

    I’ll not judge his salvation, but there was little to no evidence of it. There is however plenty of evidence that he was a common criminal. I stand by what I said, because it’s accurate. Don’t get me wrong, he was murdered, he shouldn’t have died. But let’s not lionize who and what he was. He was caught in a criminal act, with at least 2 types of illegal drugs in his system. Hardcore drugs too. He wasn’t living like a brother, but he was living like a common criminal.

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  2. Not very smart….

    https://www.pix11.com/news/local-news/nypd-to-shut-down-plainclothes-policing-unit-will-transition-600-officers-shea

    “NYPD to shut down plainclothes policing unit, will transition 600 officers: Shea”

    “The NYPD will phase out its plainclothes anti-crime unit in what the police commissioner called “a seismic shift in the culture of how the NYPD polices this city,” he announced in a news conference Monday.

    About 600 people are expected to transition from the plainclothes unit, and will move to the department’s detective and neighborhood policing units, among others.

    The move comes after weeks of protests and calls to action regarding police departments nationwide, primarily following the death of George Floyd at the hands of officers in Minneapolis. It’s sparked nationwide outrage, including calls to “defund” or “abolish” police.

    Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said it will be felt immediately within the department and within the city.”

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  4. Get out and vote.

    https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/left-silences-silent-majority-watch-november-liz-peek

    “Tens of millions of Americans are aghast at what is taking place in our country. Neighborhoods burned by angry mobs, an entire section of Seattle “occupied” by anarchists, the city council of Minneapolis voting to eliminate its police department, public monuments and statues trashed, popular TV shows canceled because they show law enforcement in a favorable light, over 700 cops injured during “mostly peaceful protests.”

    Most Americans are horrified by these offenses, but fearful. They know that objecting to the violence or challenging the overarching accusation from the Left – that our country is “profoundly racist” – is dangerous. The woke mob will shame you and get you fired.

    No one will stand up for you; no one will protect you. It is safer to remain silent.

    In 1969, Richard Nixon called on the “silent majority” to push back against anti-war activists protesting America’s involvement in Vietnam. President Trump tweeted those words recently, suggesting correctly that most of the country opposed the chaos in our streets.”

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    “The majority of the country – 64 percent according to an ABC News/Ipsos poll – also disagrees with the Left’s calls to Defund the Police, the latest craze to sweep the nation’s liberal hot spots.

    Some 82 percent of respondents to a recent survey agreed that peaceful protests are an “appropriate response” to the killing of an unarmed man by police.

    But unlike CNN anchor Chris Cuomo who recently argued that demonstrators don’t have to be “peaceful,” only 22 percent of the country agreed that violent protests are an appropriate response. Fully 72 percent disagreed with that statement, including 58 percent that “strongly disagreed.”

    The majority of Americans disapproves of flying the Confederate flag in public places, but at the same time most do not want to see statues and memorials of Confederate leaders torn down or removed, as is happening now across the country.

    Why aren’t people speaking out? It isn’t safe.”

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    But their voices will be heard from the voting booth.

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  5. I am struggling every single day with my heart. I hate what is happening to our country right before our eyes. I know that God has never lost control of events, so I don’t want to be angry—I have no right to be angry because I know the anger of man does not bring about the righteousness of God. I am also very sure that there are those in the black community who are living lives of fear and frustration—not primarily because of police (that’s largely a red herring though I’m sure there is room for great improvement), but because of the state of their own communities. As a mother, it would be devastating to know that your son has a shorter life expectancy because of the violence in your community . And yet, black men who speak truth are often ignored or vilified in favor of those who promote violence and victimhood. It’s all the more grievous because much of it seems self-induced.

    Maybe this belongs on the prayer thread. :–/

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  6. Maybe God is saying, “Enough with you and your silence as babies are murdered in the womb, children are treated like guinea pigs, changing the beautiful bodies I made for them, people are treating each other like garbage when I made them to bear My Image.”

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  7. Chris Hedges is one of my favourite commentators. At times overly moralistic (he dropped out of Catholic seminary) he skewers not only the corporate elites but “liberal” Democrats who provide cover for them and mostly offer platitudes and condescending tones. I’m sure you won’t like his left point of view but you should enjoy his take on Biden and other Democrats.

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  8. In the context of police brutality, Floyd’s past criminal record does not matter. You don’t kill someone and justify it with his criminal record. When they want, police are capable of arresting their suspects without killing them. All he had to do was release his knee in the first two minutes.

    From what I understand the plainclothes unit is a special NYPD unit created under the motto “We Own the Night”. They would patrol minority neighborhoods and more or less act like thugs revealing themselves to be cops only when it helped them. These were not undercover police or detectives etc who normally don’t wear uniforms.

    The thought did occur to me that this might motivate Trump’s base i.e. Nixon’s silent majority. And I think the Democrat party response — try to control BLM and co-opt it into their party is a strategy to minimize or silence the radical voices. I do wonder how much of Nixon’s silent majority is still there and is it still a majority. I would think places like Michigan and Pennsylvania might be motivated to vote for Trump — rural white working class but it seems that the current polling doesn’t support that. A poll released today shows Biden at +16 in Michigan. The rolling average in the US has Biden at + 8 nationwide. The last Penn poll was in the end of May showing Trump at + 3 but a rolling average gives Biden + 3. Not sure if the poll was influenced by the BLM protests. Polls taken in early June in Arizona and North Carolina suggest Biden’s support is increasing. I’d suggest the Trump campaign not count on the Nixon silent majority.

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  9. “You don’t kill someone and justify it with his criminal record. ”

    I’m not justifying it. I called it what it was. Murder. The cop deserves prison for it.

    And his record is relevant, because he was once again caught in a criminal act. That and that alone led to his latest, and deadly interaction with police. It was self-induced by yet more criminal behavior, so yeah, it’s relevant.

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  10. Now…..

    About those “experts” we’re supposed to be listening to…..

    Seems quite a few were bought and paid for by China. And now they’ve been fired or asked to resign.

    https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/06/fifty-four-scientists-have-lost-their-jobs-result-nih-probe-foreign-ties

    “Fifty-four scientists have lost their jobs as a result of NIH probe into foreign ties”

    “Some 54 scientists have resigned or been fired as a result of an ongoing investigation by the National Institutes of Health into the failure of NIH grantees to disclose financial ties to foreign governments. In 93% of those cases, the hidden funding came from a Chinese institution.

    The new numbers come from Michael Lauer, NIH’s head of extramural research. Lauer had previously provided some information on the scope of NIH’s investigation, which had targeted 189 scientists at 87 institutions. But his presentation today to a senior advisory panel offered by far the most detailed breakout of an effort NIH launched in August 2018 that has roiled the U.S. biomedical community, and resulted in criminal charges against some prominent researchers, including Charles Lieber, chair of Harvard University’s department of chemistry and chemical biology.

    “It’s not what we had hoped, and it’s not a fun task,” NIH Director Francis Collins said in characterizing the ongoing investigation. He called the data “sobering.””

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    More….

    https://freebeacon.com/national-security/54-scientists-given-nih-grants-fired-for-failure-to-disclose-foreign-ties/

    “The NIH since 2018 has been investigating instances of fraud by scientists who received federal grant money. In 93 percent of cases investigated by NIH, these scientists failed to disclose their ties to China. Nearly $165 million in grants had been disbursed to these scientists.

    The findings, first reported by Science magazine, provide evidence that China has amplified its efforts to place its scientists into sensitive U.S.-funded research programs. Once in the NIH system, these scientists can steal research and send it back to China, where it can be used to boost the Communist regime.

    Congress has been concerned about stolen U.S. scientific research for some time. A 2019 investigation by the Senate Permanent Select Committee on Investigations found that Chinese scientists enlisted in the country’s Thousand Talents Program, which recruits overseas researchers to bring their talents back to China, “set up ‘shadow labs’ in China … and, in some cases, transfer U.S. scientists’ hard-earned intellectual capital.”

    Three quarters of the scientists found to have hidden their ties to foreign governments like China had active NIH grants.

    NIH identified 399 scientists of possible concern, according to Science magazine. The FBI confirmed that at least 30 percent, or 121 individuals, lied about their ties to foreign governments.”

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  11. Cornavirus 2.0 The Beijing Outbreak

    The WHO will be along any minute now to ensure the world that it’s fine…. everything’s fine….

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/extremely-severe-china-starts-locking-down-parts-of-beijing-over-new-coronavirus-outbreak-after-failing-to-contain-pandemic

    “‘Extremely Severe’: China Starts Locking Down Parts Of Beijing Over New Coronavirus Outbreak After Failing To Contain Pandemic”

    “The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has started to lock down portions of Beijing in recent days after a new coronavirus outbreak in the authoritarian nation’s capital city.

    The New York Times reported on Saturday that 53 people had tested positive for the coronavirus, which originated in China late last year, and that nearly everyone who tested positive for the disease had “worked or shopped at the Xinfadi market, a wholesale market on the city’s south side that sells seafood, fruit and vegetables.”

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    Ah yes, the old bat chowder excuse…..

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  12. I was touched by Christianity Today‘s story on George Floyd in which his friends in Houston talked about good work he’d done there, helping those doing Christian ministry as far back as 2010.

    But according to the New York Post article AJ linked and to Wikipedia, Floyd was in prison from 2009 to 2013, and moved to Minneapolis in 2014. So it sounds as if his good work in Houston lasted for about a year. Whether or not he gave his own life to Jesus is not clear from anything I’ve read.

    I wonder if moving away from the Christians he worked with in Houston took away support and accountability structures that were putting him on a better path and left him more vulnerable to returning to old patterns.

    I do not hold him up as a hero, but I do mourn his life ending so brutally, so unjustly.

    https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2020/may/george-floyd-ministry-houston-third-ward-church.html

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  13. Or he may have moved to Minneapolis in an attempt to distance himself from unhealthy people. Coming out of drugs is very difficult for a lot of people. Made more difficult if you keep the same friendships. God knows. A life lost is sad. A life lost through maliciousness is sad. We can only look around and weep for what could be but then we know what will be.

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  14. As I commented elsewhere earlier today, many new Christians, especially those with certain strongholds in their lives, such as drug addiction, struggle in their walk with the Lord. It is often two steps forward, one step back. That could be the issue with Floyd.

    Btw, do we know that he knew that the $20 bill was fake?

    Also from earlier today, a friend posted that the story of him pointing a gun at a pregnant woman is not accurate. There is no evidence that she was pregnant, and it was the other guy in the home invasion who hurt her. But of course, Floyd is not exactly innocent, because he participated in the home invasion.

    http://www.itechpost.com/articles/102958/20200612/fact-check-george-floyds-criminal-past-include-assulting-aracely-henriquez.htm

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