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    Breonna Taylor

    The quote you're attributing to the article appears nowhere in the article. What the AG, Cameron, has stated is that while the warrant was issued as a No-Knock warrant, it "was not served as a No-knock warrant". In other words, the officers failed to follow the directives of the warrant, which then directly resulted in a death (it was the knocking on the door and the aggressive but unintelligible yelling that prompted the boyfriend to be ready with a gun). This clearly fits the definition of reckless homicide in the state of Kentucky. And the AG appears to agree since one of the officers was charged with wanton endangerment, yet Kentucky law is very clear that when wanton endangerment results in a death then the wanton endangerment becomes a homicide.
  2. He's an all-around 'interesting' political figure. Prior to being hired by Trump, he worked for a Putin-linked Russian media company, his job was to help improve Putin's public image in the US and then most recently doing pro-Russian propaganda in the Ukraine. He also has a long history of calling various women on Twitter "dog-faced" when he disagrees with their views. He refers to Roger Stone as his mentor, and shares his enthusiasm for formal hats, and was involved in the Russia investigation for having met with a Russian shady character who was offering dirt on Hilary Clinton. Despite others immediately recognizing the person's Russian accent, Caputo said he didn't notice the person's Russian accent. Caputo lived in Russia for 6 years. Prior to working in Russia however he co-founded a group dedicated to saving the Twin Peaks TV series, I'm with him on that.
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    The President Donald Trump Thread

    Fair Housing rules, specifically the Fair Housing Act is a clearly necessary and effective measure for combatting housing discrimination based on ethnicity and economic class. Most importantly, it deals with discrimination in government backed loans and housing access discrimination, and I don't disagree with Herring's support for the Act. But to clarify, the Trump administration did not repeal the Fair Housing Act, they repealed a provision that was dormant for the first half-century that the act existed, the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) provision. The reason why this provision of the act was never enacted is that no administration, including the poor-and-minority-supportive administrations of Carter and Clinton, is that the provision isn't really workable or beneficial. As the name suggests, AFFH is basically Affirmative Action for housing. A common example that was used to support the AFFH was addressing the issue of poorly performing schools in low income, often urban areas. What the AFFH does is to fund housing to move some of the students in the under-performing schools to an area with better schools. This of course does nothing to improve the schools that the rest of the kids are still attending, so instead of spending those funds to improve the school for all the kids in the school, it's using it send a relatively small portion of the kids to other schools, it's essentially private school vouchers. Even worse, the families that will most likely be able to move to the suburban low-income housing are the ones most likely to be keeping the under-performing school's tax base afloat, essentially taking a struggling school and making it struggle even more. Then there's the issue of the AFFH effectively offering financial incentive for developers to gentrify urban areas, to move lower income and minority residents to areas with fewer services, transportation options, etc
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    The President Donald Trump Thread

    I agree that rule itself needed to be overturned, it was simply bad policy and didn't do anything to improve racial disparities, if anything it made them worse. Which is why it's perplexing yet predictable that Trump chose to claim it as an example of why bigoted and classist people should vote for him.
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    The President Donald Trump Thread

    I actually took issue with the comment for the opposite reason, Nel stated that Cain contracted Covid after attending the Tulsa rally, which would suggest we can reliably say he didn't contract it at the rally. There's certainly variability in the timeline of a Covid infection, but if we view his most likely time window that he contracted the virus based on scientific data, as opposed to opinion, that window would be about the time of the Tulsa rally.
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    Presidential Election 2020

    https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/04/06/older-people-account-for-large-shares-of-poll-workers-and-voters-in-u-s-general-elections/ https://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2020/03/30/most-americans-say-coronavirus-outbreak-has-impacted-their-lives/#more-than-three-quarters-of-americans-say-they-are-not-comfortable-eating-out-in-a-restaurant-given-the-current-situation-with-coronavirus I'm sure a large portion of that 2/3 would still vote despite feeling uncomfortable about, but I'm skeptical that the number of voters who would avoid in-person voting would be less than 3%, and that assumes in-person voting would remain available and accessible when the vast majority of poll workers are in high-risk age groups. As your article points out, their experiment didn't include the ballot identifier and routing codes that are on vote-by-mail ballots, these put them into a separate group at the initial sort, so they avoid the fairly archaic, hardly 'evolved', sorting process that causes delays. And the easier fix is what most vote-by-mail states do which is to use an election-day postmark as the cutoff, rather than when it arrives at the county auditor or secretary of state offices.
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    Presidential Election 2020

    3% would be a huge improvement compared to the up to 2/3 of voters who say they wouldn't feel comfortable voting at a polling place during Covid-19. Why would disenfranchising significantly more than 3% of voters be better than disenfranchising 3%? And that assumes the 3% would be accurate since as the article points out, the 3% resulted from errors and delays in the sorting process, which mail-in ballots don't go through like regular mail does.
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    Out of bounds protesting

    Yes, you've made it very clear that you disagree with the premise, although it might be more enlightening if you could offer your rationale or evidence to support your opposition to the premise or the other points presented to you, rather than just skipping that step and moving right to 'I'm right and you're wrong'.
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    Presidential Election 2020

    Nothing from the Washington Examiner should be assumed to be true without confirming it with a separate reliable source, and conservative 'news' sources certainly promote the more radical connections of BLM than other sources do, but it's basic claims are correct, and are mentioned in a number of less-biased coverage. I agree with the argument that people change, and maybe the BLM activists who say they admire the people in question do so because of who they are now, not who they were then, but that doesn't appear to the case. In various articles and interviews with both BLM organization leadership and supporters it's their past, which in the case of Assata Shakur for instance was a convicted cop-murderer, that they admire. An example of coverage of the connection to radicals with a criminal history in more mainstream media: https://www.kron4.com/news/artist-explains-why-she-painted-assata-shakur-into-mural-outside-palo-alto-city-hall/ Black Lives Matter started out as a general sentiment in the form of a hashtag, and that sentiment has fairly broad public support with the potential to drive positive change. The name was then co-opted by a group with at least some portion of their views that are better described as extremist, radical, or fringe, hoping to effectively hijack that broad support. If we want to see effective change come about from the BLM movement then we can't forget that this about opposing race-based bias as well as opposing the promotion of violence or mistreatment based on race. Promoting those things but just switching different races as the perpetrators and recipients of bias and violence will deflate any potential for positive change. A related article from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar today: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/kareem-abdul-jabbar-is-outrage-anti-semitism-sports-hollywood-1303210
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    Out of bounds protesting

    I did read it, although without any explanation of why you feel it contradicts anything, I'm not sure how just declaring that it does adds to the discussion, although I'm not sure this has really been a discussion so far.
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    Out of bounds protesting

    Your reference to empathy for the protesters was in the context of protesters vs people who've been shot by protesters, I'm not sure how making phone calls is supposed to play into that. You referred to your empathy for those who've been shot as being based on "real cases of motorists being shot", I'm still not clear what you meant by that.
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    Out of bounds protesting

    The woman on the hood of the car had reportedly "threw herself on the hood of the a car" https://www.wthr.com/article/news/local/protesters-gather-in-bloomington-for-second-straight-night/531-01fb2e7f-7f21-4423-a8b2-1f5beff0ec66 . And the video appears to show a man running along side the car and trying to climb onto it. These weren't innocent bystanders, what other purpose was there to their actions other than to antagonize people using a road that is legally open to traffic? From the video the crowd had already dispersed, what remained was small group of individuals remaining in the street rather than moving to the sidewalks which appears to have been easily doable. They appeared to still be in the road for the main purpose of obstructing it and antagonizing bystanders in cars. If somebody blocks your legal route of travel, then jumps on your hood, what would you call that?
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    Justice Dept. Drops Case Against Michael Flynn

    The memo was reported on more than a year ago, and as a defense of Trump and Flynn it pretty much fell flat, I'm not sure it's got any more traction as a faux 'revelation' now. What the FBI reported in their memo was that Flynn showed none of the signs of lying the FBI is trained to look for, no evasiveness, no nervousness, etc, and that to them it appeared he may not even have known he was lying (ie he's lost the ability to differentiate between his own facts and fictions), which certainly isn't less concerning since there was already some reason to be believe he is a pathological liar. What defines a 'pathological' liar is that they have no concept of the basis for shame that the rest of us feel when we lie. Pathological individuals in general also often lose track of things that actually happened vs things they've convinced themselves happened to support their version of reality.
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    Out of bounds protesting

    You pointed out that until there were a similar number of unacceptable acts perpetrated by protesters as by police then you would "start to care". That was pretty clear so I'm not sure why you're taking offense to me asking if that's what you really meant.
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    Out of bounds protesting

    The driver was charged with striking a protester that ran along side the car and then jumped onto the car in the video, no, I don't agree that's a valid charge, or that the protesters were innocent bystanders in that scenario. I'm not sure where you're getting that there aren't numerous cases of motorists intentionally striking protesters, I've made no argument that doesn't happen or that it's not unacceptable behavior, however I don't agree it's makes bad behavior by protestors acceptable, or that it furthers their cause.