35 thoughts on “News/Politics 7-6-22

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  2. They’re broken, and everyone knows it, including them.


  3. The Republican establishment sucks. They’re no better than most Democrats.

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  4. Cue the Beatles….


  5. To me, it is obvious these folk should have been stopped before creating mayhem with their shooting. But then I think, thought police? We need to be very careful and wise.

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  6. Mumsee,


    But when someone makes terroristic threats online, there are laws against that. Authorities did nothing about his online video threats, nor the threats of death on his family. Those aren’t thought police things. Making terroristic threats is punishable in every state. But yet again, the laws weren’t followed by anyone who could have prevented this.

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  7. True all that. But then I think, how many little boys have made those same threats and meant nothing? Now they can make those same threats online and get positive feedback on them. Like the suicide threats being applauded by other youth. Yes, it needs to be addressed and there ought to be strong motivations to not do that (yelling fire in a theater). Social media, for all its benefits is outweighed I believe by the negatives. And yet, it may well be part of getting the Gospel to every nook and cranny.

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  8. From a piece I saw online yesterday on the bigger picture of ‘America’s lost boys’:

    ~ If you’re a politically minded person, the instant a tragedy happens, your mind likely races to the “big” solution. What are the policies that can solve this problem? I’m not here to condemn this impulse. We should be thinking hard and creatively about policy—especially when we face persistent and deadly challenges, like mass shootings.

    We also have to understand that there are some cultural diseases that policy can’t fully fix. There are wounds that politics can’t heal. And I’m convinced that our spreading epidemic of mass shootings falls into that category. Better policy can ameliorate the crisis, but fix it? I don’t see how. …

    … the red flag law is an instrument of last resort. It’s an end-stage intervention that’s necessary when a young man is already obviously in crisis. The great cultural challenge of our time is preventing the crisis in the first place, and that’s going to require us to remember that when it comes to the well-being of the people around us, we are our brother’s keeper. We have to care, and we have to respond.

    … Our kids might tell us about a friend in trouble, and we think, “That’s a shame” rather than “What can I do?” We think, “Somebody needs to do something” rather than “I need to act.”

    At an even deeper level, our nation has to address the spiritual and cultural crisis that grips all too many young men. The fact that men still do very, very well at the upper echelons of American society (in corporations, politics, and the military) is obscuring the reality that the vast bulk of young men are falling behind their female peers. … ~

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  9. Red flag laws are difficult to implement properly. If enforced too stringently, then they become the thought police. If they are too slack, the police get blamed. In this case, from what I’ve read, a three year old incident involving a sword and teenager mad at his family isn’t going to raise a red flag. Although the mental health professionals involved in his care could’ve raised concerns but I don’t know if they are involved in red flag laws

    The “lost boys” argument has some merit but economic causes of crime and mental illness apply everywhere. Is the decline of fortunes for white working class males so unique that it eventually leads to mass shootings. White working class fortunes are in decline elsewhere in the West – what makes the US unique is the real question. A smaller welfare state, instability in the family unit, lack of free mental health care, lower education rates and standards, a more violent culture, easier access to guns, or all of the above? Whatever it is, its clear the current do-nothing approach won’t solve it nor will a good guy with a gun nor will less doors.

    dj – your article raises the disparity between male and female success esp in working classes. Due to the changing nature and demands of employment fields, this has been quite evident in many places. The North American workplace is mostly service jobs and fourth tier employment (finance, insurance, banking, etc) as opposed to the more rote factory work of the past. Women succeed in education and then are picked for lower management service oriented jobs (see the pharma industry). For some men, this has produced a negative reaction — but why does female success produce a misonygistic reaction? Why not celebrate female success?


  10. When police and DAs refuse to address crime and it results in things like this, the solution is rarely to give the same police and DAs more power. Unlimited really in the case of red flag laws, where they get to decide who should and shouldn’t have weapons.

    Make them do their jobs and enforce existing laws first.


  11. She’s a preachy one, isn’t she?

    But @#$% Clarence Thomas, right….?

    She’s obviously referring to the peasants, and not her hypocritical self.


  12. AJ – the public trust poll is quite interesting;

    You and Greenwald may focus on the media but compare union and big business. Unions have twice the trust level as big business. In fact, unions are the only institution who’s turst level hasn’t declined in recent years.

    Besides the president, the Supreme Court is the only institution which has a double digit decline in trust. Although Republicans trust has slightly increased (by 2%), the sharp decline in trust among independents has to worry the Republican politicians in areas where independent votes decide elections.


  13. Enjoy taxpayers, because your state is an illegal haven. You have millions.

    Enjoy, and as always, keep voting Democrat!


  14. Sure. Makes sense, because we live in Clown World.

    Threaten to kill your family and others online, cops aren’t much interested. But chuck a hot dog at one and you get the “to the fullest extent of the law” thing slapped on you.

    Just Joey Chestnut him and run him in for public nuisance for cryin’ out loud. This is excessive and stupid. This is wasting time on petty stuff while the big deals making threats and posting crazy stuff run around unimpeded by law enforcement.

    And of course….

    Florida Man…..


    “A Florida Man is facing a felony battery charge for allegedly striking a cop with a thrown hot dog, according to court records.”

    “Investigators say that Jason Stoll, 47, was selling hot dogs on a downtown St. Petersburg street early Saturday when police gave him “numerous warnings” that he was in violation of a city ordinance.”

    Stoll, however, “ignored the warnings and continued to sell hot dogs in the roadway after the street closure permit ended,” an officer noted in an arrest affidavit.

    “The defendant was asked to put the hot dog down as he continued his attempt to sell it,” reported Officer Anthony Bragano. When directed to drop the hot dog, Stoll reportedly became “extremely upset” and threw the item–which is not a sandwich–at a uniformed patrolman.

    The hot dog hit the cop, who was not injured by the airborne bun and beef.

    Seen above, Stoll was arrested for battery on a law enforcement officer, a felony. He was also charged with resisting, a misdemeanor, for allegedly struggling with cops as they sought to place him under arrest.”


  15. Lack of trust in the media is kind of (really) old news now, isn’t it? It is what it is until it isn’t anymore. Accept the current reality, find fair and trustworthy outlets, become a more savvy news consumer and move on. Most of us are doing that and it can be done. Be smart, be discerning, don’t fall for all the click-bait and wacky theories floating around out there.

    More interesting about the Supreme Court (troubling, too) and the political parties that have both taken “trust” hits with their own turmoil in recent years. The politically homeless is a growing segment of our population. How many of us have bailed the parties (at least until they can get themselves together again and offer a real down-to-earth choice and candidates of substance for voters) to register independent? They’re voting but otherwise sitting it out until America comes to its senses again. Yeah, we hope it doesn’t take too much longer … But it could.

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  16. And it begins…..

    Just in case it’s not Trump…. 🙂

    Grifters gotta grift. So predictable….


    Be afraid…… 🙄


  17. FOIA means nothing. They just hide what they don’t want you to see. If you do see it, then their farce falls apart.


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  18. They fire the judges, then they claim there aren’t enough so they have to turn everyone lose because it takes too long to await a hearing. But Jan 6 defendants are still in jail awaiting trial more than a year and a half later, their rights to a speedy one as citizens waived by a corrupt judge. Why aren’t these law breakers held or deported?


  19. The frogs have finally realized they’re in the pot at least…..

    A bit late, but….

    “Texas counties to declare invasion at southern border”


    “Judges from multiple Texas counties are planning to announce they’re issuing declarations of an invasion beginning on Tuesday in response to unprecedented challenges they’re experiencing as a result of escalated illegal immigration under the Biden administration.

    County officials will make the announcement at a 3 p.m. news conference held at the Kinney County Civic Center in Brackettville, Texas. The event is not open to the public.

    Leading the judges is Kinney County Judge Tully Shahan, who was the first judge to issue a disaster declaration last year over the negative impacts of illegal immigration on his county, prompting other judges to also issue similar declarations. Gov. Greg Abbott later issued a disaster declaration for multiple counties as well.

    Kinney County Attorney Brent Smith also has requested that the governor and Attorney General Ken Paxton take steps to act under Article 1 of the Constitution, as have conservative leaders in the state.

    Their announcement Tuesday comes after Abbott has taken measures to thwart criminal activity at the border through Operation Lone Star. Since OLS launched last March, state and local law enforcement efforts, working with U.S. Border Patrol, have helped apprehend more than 270,400 illegal immigrants and made more than 16,700 criminal arrests, with more than 14,000 felony charges reported, the governor’s office says. More than 5,600 weapons and $42.8 million in currency have also been seized, and more than 22,700 people attempting to enter Texas illegally have been turned back to Mexico, his office says.

    “Operation Lone Star continues to fill the dangerous gaps left by the Biden Administration’s refusal to secure the border,” Abbott said last week of OLS accomplishments. “Every individual who is apprehended or arrested and every ounce of drugs seized would have otherwise made their way into communities across Texas and the nation due to President Biden’s open border policies.”

    But counties are calling on him to do more: to declare an invasion and “act under the constitutional authority granted unto him under Article 4, Section 7 of the Texas Constitution and Article 1, Section 10, Clause 3 of the U.S. Constitution and immediately prevent and/or remove all persons invading the sovereignty of Texas and that of the United States.”

    “We are taking unprecedented steps with the hope of encouraging Gov. Greg Abbott to acknowledge the existence of an invasion on our border with Mexico and take necessary actions to preserve and protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Texas,” Shahan and Smith said in a news release.”


  20. One can point at recent events by BLM etc for the loss of trust in public instutitions but the decline in trust can be traced to Reagan who declared the scariest words were I’m from the gov’t and I’m here to help. And the Republicans who concurred set off a 40 year decline in trust. As for the police, cell phones and their behaviour led to a lack of trust in police. And although the court has always been political, McConnell simply made it worse and the sharp decline in trust can be traced to his behaviour.

    Why don’t DAs prosecute more crime? Sure the short range view is blame Soros but the US gov’t outside the military and prisons is constantly under funded — so DAs will plea bargain or dismiss charges. The level of evidence demanded by juries has also increased. The increased in distrust in police and other institutions plus tv shows like CSI mean people discount human testimony and demand science. With a case based on human testimony, DAs may plea bargain or dismiss rather than try it in front of a jury.


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  22. Failure after failure.

    More gun laws won’t prevent incompetence.


  23. Wouldn’t the increase in arrests indicate successful enforcement in the border? I’d have more questions if the border arrests went down.

    Just curious how Americans register to vote. I simply check off “I am a Canadian and wish to register with Elections Canada” on my tax return. This information is shared with the municipality and province. Each time there is an election a card arrives in the mail telling me where to vote. I bring the card with me to vote and I simply have to prove I live there (an electricity bill is good enough but I just show my license). Now I imagine my citizenship is checked by Elections Canada somewhere along the line but I never have to prove it.

    I know in the US, the states run the elections but at which point are you asked if you are a citizen and is the state able to access federal information regarding your citizenship. It seems that having the states run all the elections (municipal, state, federal) it becomes more difficult to check for citizenship and at the same time make it easier to register. Perhaps 250 years ago it made sense to let the state run elections, but given the need for proof of citizenship it would make more sense for the federal gov’t to register voters.


  24. AJ — so we agree, more good men with guns aren’t the answer. Or if you don’t agree, perhaps cops aren’t good people….. We can all agree cops can be incompetent and unreliable, so heavily armed militarized police are not the answer to gun violence. The tweets highlight police incompetence and inability to stop violence yet your comment is gun control doesn’t work. I’d think the lesson to gain from Uvalde is more guns are not the answer and neither is more police. It’s the guns that are the problem.


  25. See what happens when people and authorities all do the right thing?

    Catastrophe averted, and no new gun laws were required, no infringements on personal rights necessary


  26. hwesseli @ 3:23 pm-
    I’ve lived in 3 states and each one required a birth certificate to register to vote. I didn’t need to show one in Arizona since it was my aunt who registered me (that was in 1975).


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