Friday Open Thread

“I learned a long time ago that reality was much weirder than anyone’s imagination.”

–Hunter S. Thompson


20 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. ParkHill says:

    You gotta read the fine print.

    "We hold theses truths to be self evident: that ALL * men are created equal."

    * Except for women, who don’t get to vote. Oh, and non-property owning men. Oh, and not African Americans.

    Sort of like “All Lives Matter."

    • ParkHill says:

      Mathy WOTD from 538: "Why Statistics Don’t Capture The Full Extent Of The Systemic Bias In Policing"

      This is a really good article explaining why it is so hard to describe the disparities in who police "interact" with different races. Obviously there are problems with laws that prevent good record keeping, but even with the records, you have a problem. One example: If police stop blacks at 10 times the rate of whites, that explains why "contraband" is found less-often on blacks, which means that the stops were not based on suspicious activity.

    • ParkHill says:

      From Pew Research 10 things we know about race and policing in the U.S.

      6. In the past, police officers and the general public have tended to view fatal encounters between black people and police very differently. In a 2016 survey of nearly 8,000 policemen and women from departments with at least 100 officers, two-thirds said most such encounters are isolated incidents and not signs of broader problems between police and the black community. In a companion survey of more than 4,500 U.S. adults, 60% of the public called such incidents signs of broader problems between police and black people. But the views given by police themselves were sharply differentiated by race: A majority of black officers (57%) said that such incidents were evidence of a broader problem, but only 27% of white officers and 26% of Hispanic officers said so. 

      What does it mean that approximately two thirds of police said the problem is “isolated incidents”? Do they not see the problem or do they not WANT to see the problem.  

      Or maybe it is like a White person saying: “I’ve never encountered violent behavior from the police, so police are peace keepers, not enforcers”. Maybe that is changing broadly as White people turned out in the recent protests, and received personal experience of rioting riot police.

  2. MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

    Bulwark is a great read this morning.


  3. JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

    In today's Republican version of how to win friends and influence people:

    1.  take the top news story — pandemic re-ignited.

    2.  consider what people are worried about — health care as a top issue

    3.  choose to make a move on health care

    4.  choose this approach as the preferred move:

    Trump’s legal argument for throwing out all of the ACA 

    The 82-page brief submitted late Thursday night by Trump’s representatives states crisply that the president wants to get rid of every provision of the Affordable Care Act.

    Solicitor General Noel Francisco packs in a string of rhetorical flourishes that may draw cheers at a Federalist Society legal conference but will inevitably appear as factual citations to back up attack ads that Democrats plan to run this fall against vulnerable Senate Republicans, in a redux of the messaging that proved so potent in the 2018 midterms.

  4. kwtreekwtree says:

    Mary Trump’s tell-all book is on its way to the public; the injunction against its publication was denied . devil

    Younger brother Robert Trump had been recovering from days in a neurological ICU when he signed papers to try to stop Mary’s book.

    The book is already a pre-ordered best seller on Amazon, although it is not due out until July 28.


  5. MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

    Great news! 

    Breaking News: Today, in a 7-2 vote, the Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) Board voted to accelerate the closure timeline for its two coal plants. Martin Drake — one of the nation’s last urban coal plants — will now close by 2023 and Ray Nixon will close by 2030. As part of its 2020 Electric Resource Plan (ERP), CSU will replace its 416 megawatts (MW) of coal-fired power with 500MW of new wind energy, 150 MW of solar power, and over 400MW of battery storage in order to ensure modern and reliable energy for Colorado Springs. CSU leadership has promised that no employees will lose their jobs in the utility's energy transition.

  6. MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

    It didn't take Zuck long to "start dancing"…

  7. Genghis says:

    Good on the House of Representatives, which today voted to approve D.C. statehood. Now it's on to the Senate, where the measure is doomed.

    If you're into rage laughing, there's an 18-minute vid on YouTube featuring Tom Cotton talking about why D.C. statehood is a terrible idea. For those who aren't quite that masochistic, Cotton's screed boils down to, "There's just too many goddamn black people in D.C. to let it become a state."

    • VoyageurVoyageur says:

      Why not make Denver, Cleveland, and los Angeles states?  And Puerto Rico? 




      • gertie97 says:

        The district should be attached to Maryland or Virginia.

        • Genghis says:

          If by "attached to" you mean "made part of," in view of Article I, Section 8, Clause 17 of the U.S. Constitution, a fair number of people would say you need a constitutional amendment for that. They're largely the same people who say you need a constitutional amendment to make D.C. a state. The argument is based far more on material James Madison wrote for the Federalist Papers than any language that actually made it into the Constitution, but it's taken seriously enough that the legislation the House just passed carves out a federal enclave within the new state.

          The best argument against D.C. statehood I've seen is one The Onion proffered as a joke: Why bother admitting a new state to a union that'll be dead and gone in a generation or two?

      • MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

        Have you given up on Dump hukistan, V?

        Given Los Angeles County alone has the equivalent population of our bottom ten least-populated states combined you might be on to something. 

        If the glacier melts continue Cleveland will be subsumed by Lake Erie. 

        Yes on Puerto Rico. 


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