Tuesday Open Thread

“Intolerance is itself a form of violence.”

–Mahatma Gandhi

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  1. ChickenheedChickenheed says:

    If you want COVID, I've found the event for you. Come to Bandimere Speedway in Jefferson County tonight for the "Stop the COVID Chaos" Rally https://bandimere.com/stop-covid-chaos-rally/

    covid chaos rally promotion bandimere speedway

    Judging by their branding of the event it looks like the purpose of the event is to spread COVID so I think they missed some punctuation in the title of their rally. I think it's supposed to be "Stop. The COVID Chaos."

    Join prominent members of the "party of law and order" *snort-laugh* as they heartily flaunt laws that were created by legislators, used by executive branches and upheld by a judge while creating chaos in the name of their God given right to wrap themselves up in gaudy "patriotism". 

    For more context: https://coloradosun.com/2020/07/21/bandimere-speedway-ruling-coronavirus-jefferson-county/

    Also here's a link to Jefferson County's COVID stats which is a pretty awesome page of data https://www.jeffco.us/4007/COVID-19-Case-Summary

  2. VoyageurVoyageur says:

    Tune of “Blow thee winds,”  old whaling chanty, Kingston Trio.

    -0-

     It’s advertised in Boston, New York and Buffalo

    Two hundred thousand dead from Trump virus on the go.

    Oh, cough your lungs in the morning, run a fever all the day.

    But never wear a  mask, ‘cuz Trump freedumb is your way.

    So give Trump virus to your kids, your uncle and your wife.

    And vote for the carbuncle that is Trump’s whole way of life.

    Or vote for good Joe Biden in just 63 more days

    And bring back the America of our loving ways.

     

  3. MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

    Is it just me or did FatDonnie™ seem like he was on a bad acid trip last night with Laura? 

    • VoyageurVoyageur says:

      It's true enough that cops have a split second to make a decision the courts then debate for ten years.  But comparing that to a golf putt?

       

      • MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

      • ParkHill says:

        <sarcasm alert>In that split second, the police officer has one single decision he must make: record the get-out-of-jail card into your microphone. "I saw a knife."

        Split Second Decisions.

        I heard a great interview on NPR a few months ago about police retraining in Talahassee or Jacksonville or somewhere. They de-escalated police-citizen confrontations to a great extent by changing the situation from split-second to give-things-time to settle. 

        Stop, observe, assess, strategize, de-escalate. Psychologists say that in split-second situations fear, adrenaline, uncertainty easily trigger pre-existing prejudices.

        Obviously, you can come up with some of scenarios requiring quick action, but in most cases, police are able to control of the timing. 

        • VoyageurVoyageur says:

          Tell that to the more than 100 cops killed in the line of duty last year.  I'm sure it will make their families feel better.

          • kwtreekwtree says:

            More cops are dying from COVid than any other cause now. This was on the ReidOut last night. Trump is killing police, just like he’s killed 180,000 people from negligence and greed. 

          • ajb says:

            V, are you saying that attempting to de-escalate potentially violent situations results in more police deaths?  

            • VoyageurVoyageur says:

              I'm saying you need to stop knee-jerk blaming cops for every death.  Michael Brown, for example, evidence and witnesses clearly established that he attacked officer Wilson before Wilson took his gun out.  Brown, a 300-pound giant, tried to take Wilson's gun.Gunshot residue  and other physical evidence proved the claim that Brown had his hands up when he was shot was a lie.

              There are some bad cops.  But there are a lot more bad criminals.  

              Deescalation is fine, where it is possible.  But consider the gunman who opened fire on my son-in-law.   He missed.  My son-in-law returned fire and killed the gunman.

              Sometimes, the good guys win.  You need to recognize that not all would-be cop killers are misunderstood saints.

  4. MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

    Meanwhile at Liberty University:

    Liberty University launches investigation into ‘all facets’ of Jerry Falwell Jr. presidency

    In an announcement released Monday, Liberty’s Executive Committee stated that they have retained a forensic firm to examine “all facets of Liberty University operations during Jerry Falwell, Jr.’s tenure as President, including but not limited to financial, real estate, and legal matters.”

    • RepealAndReplace says:

      What about his personal proclivities? Is he into watching oral, vaginal, anal, or all of the above? Does he have a leather fetish? Is he into bukkake?  Golden showers?

      I'm sure inquiring minds on the board of trustees want to know.

  5. MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

    Any over/under on whether he'll include the LGBTQ community while he's repentin'?

    Chick-fil-A’s Dan Cathy asks white Christians to repent, fight for black Americans in wake of police killings

    Dan Cathy, conservative billionaire CEO of fast food chain Chick-fil-A, urged white Christians to take advantage of the “special moment” in American history now, to repent of racism and fight for their black “brothers and sisters” in the wake of ongoing protests over the police killings of Rayshard Brooks and other black Americans like George Floyd.

  6. MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

    (Breonna Taylor’s killer has still not been arrested) 

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