Tag Archives: Crime & Punishment

Poetic Justice

A Conway Getaway

The backlash to her Ivanka ad must have astonished her,
And now the Ethics Office says Trump should admonish her.
This Kellyanne Conway antic
Goes far beyond ethics,
But don’t hold your breath waiting for Trump to punish her.

Poetic Justice

Vote, Elect, Impeach

Ask his handlers — Donald Trump’s unteachable.
Try to get him on-message — he’s unreachable.
But some college professors
Looked at his high crimes and misdemeanors,
And found that a
President Trump would be eminently impeachable.

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A President Trump Would Be Eminently Impeachable

Law professor Christopher Peterson said he found ample evidence to charge the Republican candidate with fraud and racketeering, both of which are considered felonies within state and federal law… Peterson also said Congress can push for an impeachment in civil cases — the president doesn’t need to be criminally convicted — and that it can consider crimes committed before the candidate was elected to office.

— Researchers at the University of Utah, who say there’s a strong case to impeach Donald Trump, should he be elected as president, KUTV reports.

News & Comment

Some Questions for the Gun Store Owner With the “Muslim-Free Zone”

When a gun shop owner announces he’s closing because he’s tired of selling arms to young, disturbed white guys wearing rebel flags, that will be a YouTube video worth watching

It’s bad enough that a gun store owner declared his store a “Muslim-free zone” after the shooting and killing of four Marines and a Navy sailor by 24-year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdelazeez. That he chose to deliver this message in front of a rebel flag tacked up over an American flag, while wearing a sidearm, made this move just that much worse.

There are so many questions raised by Andy Hallinan’s video. For starters:

  • Why didn’t Hallinan declare his gun shop a “white supremacist who says he wants to start a race war free zone” after 21-year-old Dylann Roof shot and killed nine people at a Charleston church?
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News & Comment

America is Awash in Guns — And Fear of Them

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Guns aren’t making us safe, they’re just scaring us.

What if we’re missing a bigger issue in our musings about Ferguson and race and unarmed black men being shot by white guys, often police officers? Yes, systemic racism and a breakdown in our ability to trust police are serious problems. But are we overlooking something more basic?

It’s a rare day without a story like this one:

A white cop observes a black man cut through a parking lot to avoid a red light. He follows the car and when it starts to pull into an apartment complex, he turns on his cruiser’s lights to pull it over. The black man, 29-year-old Brian Dennison, drives further into the complex and parks in a parking space. When he gets out of the car, the cop shoots at him. Luckily, the shot missed. It was lucky because Dennison had his 6-year-old daughter in the car. And she was having an asthma attack. And her inhaler was inside their home, where Dennison was rushing when he drove around the red light.

So why did Officer J.C. Garcia get it so wrong?

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Enumerati

It’s Expensive to be Poor

3

Times more annually that it costs a community to leave a homeless person on the streets than it would cost to provide housing.

News & Comment

What Australia Can Teach America About Gun Safety, After a Few Years of Detox

Watch the funniest — and most sensible — arguments for gun control yet.

It will be interesting to see what kind of refutations appear in the comments.

News & Comment

A Great Video We Wish Had Never Been Made

This video is moving and beautiful, and we wish it had never been made because we wish what preceded it had never happened.

Verbatim

Babies. They’ll F**k You Up.

We were going to wait until he learned to talk to question him, but in lieu of that he got a timeout and was sent on [his] way with parents.

— Edwin Donovan, Secret Service, explaining the agency’s strategy after a toddler squeezed between the iron bars of a fence at the White House, just before Pres. Obama was to announce air strikes on ISIS in Iraq.

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To my conservative friends tempted to find outrageous things liberals have said in order to argue that both sides are equally to blame, I’d respond this way: Find me all the examples of people who shot up a church after reading books by Rachel Maddow and Paul Krugman, and then you’ll have a case.

— Greg Sargent, Washington Post columnist, in a splendid piece titled, “How Much Does Right-Wing Rhetoric Contribute to Right-Wing Terrorism?