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Scott Pruitt, the EPA administrator, who was clearly there to dismantle the agency and make it a lap dog of corporations, oh, and don’t forget denying science, is in hot water over his ethical failures, and the latest, trying to fire or sideline those that have tried to call out his lapses. Now think about this. He was the elected Attorney General from Oklahoma. You know, the guy who enforces the laws. Now you understand the teacher strike there. The teachers do not want to be part of a government system that produces mindless morons like Pruitt or the people who put him in power. They want their kids to be able to think. Now Oklahoma is Redder than Red so any parallels you want to draw about voting for Trump, failed conservatism, and dumber than a brick are more than appropriate.

Here in River City (Sacramento) the Stephon Clark protests go on. As I wrote before, this is a tragedy, the cops executed this guy, and nothing is going to happen because the laws favor the police. And I can kind of understand the black communities anger, as much as any white dude can. But what they are doing is counterproductive. Sure Martin Luther King Marched, but he was fighting for equality and voter rights. He was trying to be lawful in a morally and ethical way and yet let police demonstrate their brutality and hatred.

The Sacramento demonstrators, sadly made up of mostly just the black community, are disrupting the community demanding the police officers be charged which, of course, they are not going to be. Totally wrong focus that highlights them against us mentality that then alienates the community. The proof, very, very sadly, is in a story that noted that a nurse fired for her racist comments saying Stephon Clark got what he deserved, had raise $25,000 on GoFundMe. African-Americans have real grievances and they are a special case, there is systematic racism, but to win this battle, they have got to quit making it about them as a special case. Strange how that works.

Michelle Goldberg wrote a really interesting piece this morning about QAnon, which I had never heard of, but where apparently the Trump faithful including Roseanne Barr get their fantasies about Trump. Apparently it is a site created to push the fantasy that all the chaos and incompetence you see is really all part of a brilliant secret plan to make things better with all the secret programs going on:

You don’t create a wild fantasy about your leader being a covert genius unless you understand that to most people, he looks like something quite different. You don’t need an occult story about how your side is secretly winning if it’s actually winning. Publicly, many right-wing politicians and pundits disdain the Mueller investigation and pretend to believe that Trump’s ties to Russia are negligible. But among part of the Trump base, the effort to explain them away appears to be creating psychic strain.

“You cannot possibly imagine the size of this,” said a Q dispatch last month. “Trust the plan. Trust there are more good than bad.” Q almost certainly doesn’t know any state secrets, but he, she, or they understand that some fervent Trump supporters require more reassurance than they’re willing to admit. Their desperate conviction that they will be proven right about Trump betrays a secret fear that they will be proven wrong.

It is amazing what people will do to not think and try to support what they want to believe. Had they been in charge, we would still think the sun revolved around the earth and voodoo medicine works.

Now and finally in the category of lying sack of shit, here is a summary of fact checks from President DFF’s statements yesterday. You will note that most of this is either a racist rant (be afraid, they will rape your women) to absolute lies about a myriad of issues:

“You remember my opening remarks at Trump Tower when I opened, everyone said oh he is so tough and I used the word rape. And yesterday, it came out where, this journey coming up, women are raped at levels that nobody has ever seen before.”

Now this is such an unmitigated lie and attempt at racial fear mongering.  Implicit here is Mexicans coming across the border will rape your white women.  Of course that is a lie, but similar to what Southern politicians did back in the 60s in regard to black men.  Then he tried to make it about the Caravan, except there is no known rapes among or by the Caravan people, and let’s just clear the air here.  Those people in the Caravan are coming to the border to turn themselves in and ask for political asylum.  They faced rape, murder, and the children being abducted in their home country due to drug gangs whose livelihood we support by our need for drugs, so they did what any loving parent would do.  He turns them into rapists and murders.  What a pig.

He then repeated the lie about chain immigration:

 “If you have a baby on our land congratulations, that baby is a United States citizen. We are the only ones…So this guy because he is here can get the Mother and the Father and the Grandmother and the cousins and the brother.”

This is another blatant lie.  In theory it would work, but each link in the chain takes years, sometimes decades to approve and get in the country.  The waiting list for a typical family is over 12 years.  It does not happen, another strawman. Here are some more from the NYT:

“They used to call it tax reform. And for 40 years, they couldn’t pass anything and they didn’t know why.”

False. Tax cuts were passed under Presidents Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Read more here.

“We had a trade deficit of almost $500 billion last year with China.”

This is exaggerated. The American trade deficit with China was closer to $400 billion in 2017. Read more here.

“In many places, like California, the same person votes many times. You probably heard about that. They always like to say, ‘Oh, that’s a conspiracy theory.’ Not a conspiracy theory, folks. Millions and millions of people, and it’s very hard because the state guards their records.”

This is false. There have been no credible allegations of fraudulent voting at anything close to this scale during the 2016 election. Read more here.

“We have very weak laws because of the Democrats,” the president said, adding, “We had very, very weak laws. We have the worst laws — you ever think catch-and-release, which we’re terminating very quickly.

False. Mr. Trump is referring to a practice, not a law, where detained immigrants are released until court proceedings because of legal and logistical constraints. It has occurred under Republican and Democratic administrations alike, including under Mr. Trump. Read more here.

Conclusion:  President DFF is a lying sack of shit and the people who believe in him are deluded morons.  How is that for direct?  See Michelle Goldman above for how they delude themselves with a secret agenda even though he looks like a moron, walks like a moron, and talks like a moron.  If you want to be afraid, he is the one you should be afraid of.  Have a great weekend.  Carpe Diem.

Another “Things” Morning

You know how you are on a list that sends you emails of breaking news? Well I am on a lot of them. But here are the the ones I think we should think about instead of Stormy Danielles (who did not know President DFF was a pig?). The first came from a headline from my local paper, The Sacramento Bee, about the shooting of an unarmed black man (Stephon Clark) by police which I blogged about the other day. Here is the headline:

“Black Leaders Demand Criminal Chargers Against Police Officers Who Shot Stephon Clark”

Now I read this and thought, understandable, but counterproductive. In a way almost total pandering bound to go nowhere. The law on this is fairly clear, although wrong-headed. In case-law there are two parts to this, did the police officers fear for their lives and was it reasonable. The cases piling up where outrageous police shootings are acquitted is telling us that it is almost impossible to judge this and benefit of the doubt always goes to the police officers. In other words, charges will not be brought. It is grandstanding by black leaders instead of focusing on the real problem, the law itself and better police training. Maybe this is a several step process, but I can’t help feel that somehow this demand is pandering to the family and black community instead of taking on the real problem.

UPDATE: Erika D, Smith from the Sacramento Bee gave us this today:

What happened to Clark most certainly should be a crime, but it’s probably not one. Not under the straitjacket of two U.S. Supreme Court rulings that make it all but impossible to charge and convict officers for shooting suspects in the line of duty.

Tennessee v. Garner allows that it’s OK to shoot a fleeing suspect when “the officer has probable cause to believe that the suspect poses a threat of serious physical harm, either to the officer or to others.” And Graham v. Connor states that “the reasonableness of a particular use of force must be judged from the perspective of a reasonable officer on the scene, rather than with the 20/20 vision of hindsight.”

These rulings are, in part, why this week Louisiana’s attorney general declined to charge two white officers for shooting Alton Sterling outside a convenience store in 2016 — and why so many other officers in so many other cases haven’t been charged or convicted either.

Complicating matters is California’s own use-of-force statute, which states any “officer who has reasonable cause to believe that the person to be arrested has committed a public offense may use reasonable force to effect an arrest, to prevent escape or to overcome resistance.”

,,,Instead of giving people in Sacramento false hope and raising expectations for Schubert to file charges that likely will never come, why don’t we talk about how to change state law so it’s easier to hold officers accountable for their actions? Because it’s possible.

…None of this will bring Stephon Clark back. And perhaps none of it will ease the pain felt by his brother, Stevante. But protests alone aren’t the answer either. It’s time to channel all that anger.

Next up is this one:

“After Stormy Daniels, Republicans Face a Referendum on Trump’s Conduct”

This one actually makes me laugh. Republicans do not face a referendum on Trump’s conduct, but their own conduct in response to his. Because they won’t act, President DFF will face a referendum in 2020 unless Mr. Mueller drops a bomb, which the Republicans are doing everything they can to defuse it. That defusing along with policies like tax cuts for the wealthy, tariffs, and wild spending without raising taxes is what is going to cause a referendum on Republicans. Conservative ideas don’t really play anymore and when the average American who does not watch what is really going on feels it in their pocket book, they will vote them out. The fact that they fell in line behind Trump, not his conduct, is why they will be given the heave ho.

In the March on gun violence and the continuing discussion of what the problem is, the kids seem to have it figured out. It is too many guns. But one father of a slain young woman is a favorite of the media because he does not want to rock the political boat, just make schools safe. So he does not want to talk about getting rid of military grade weapons, or other gun restriction laws, just what we can do to make our schools safe. It is a fool’s errand. Think about not changing anything with access to guns, and then making schools safe. They would look like prisons with guards armed with AR-15s. And whether a teacher or a trained SWAT police officer is armed, what happens if he gets taken down first and they are all trapped in there?

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens gave us his thoughts here this morning when he gave a short summary of how until the Roberts court, there was not an unfettered access to guns, and suggested the obvious, repeal the 2nd amendment as it has no relevance in our 21st century life. Amen to that. The kids get it. If you want to fix something you go for root causes, not some political white wash that does not solve anything and has its own bad consequences. People love their weapons. They are wrong. It is as simple as that.

Finally, I would like to leave you with some wisdom from Paul Krugman of the NYT. I know I have seemed crazy when I say all Republicans are evil. I am not and Paul has come to the same conclusion demonstrating that they have all been elected with the big con:

…the success of people like Blankenship [a known crook] — or Trump — was an inevitable consequence of the political strategy Republicans have followed for decades. For the simple truth is that ever since Reagan, Republicans have basically played a con game on American voters.

Their sustained, invariant agenda has been upward redistribution of income: cutting taxes on the rich while weakening the social safety net. This agenda is unpopular: Only a small minority of Americans wants to see tax cuts for the wealthy, and an even smaller minority wants cuts to major social programs. Yet Republicans have won elections partly by denying the reality of their policy agenda, but mainly by posing as defenders of traditional social values — above all, that greatest of American traditions, racism.

And this sustained reliance on the big con has, over time, exerted a strong selection effect both on the party’s leadership and on its base. G.O.P. politicians tend disproportionately to be con men (and in some cases, con women), because playing the party’s political game requires both a willingness to and a talent for saying one thing while doing another. And the party’s base consists disproportionately of the easily conned — those who are easily fooled by claims that Those People are the problem and don’t notice how much the true Republican agenda hurts them.

…there will be no redemption from within. Principled, ethical politicians won’t reclaim the party from the likes of Trump, because they’re not what the base wants: The modern G.O.P. is no country for honest men. Con artists will continue to rule until or unless the party loses big, repeatedly, and spends years in the political wilderness.

And he leaves us with they may get thrown out as people wake up, or they are such criminals that they will have no problem rigging the vote through tactics we have already seen. It really is up to Americans to get out and vote.

Turning Violent

I will never understand how any in a protest march thinks turning violent helps in any way. It negates the whole thing. It was one of the things I loved about the Woman’s March. It was women and there was a good vibe throughout. Men act out, and when they do, they destroy the very thing they are trying to draw attention to. Last night the march in Sacramento protesting the police killing of Stephon Clark turned violent when protesters started jumping on top of police cars. It was an act to provoke police violence and it was stupid. And I will bet it was young men.

One thing you can say about the shooting of Stephon Clark was it  two young policemen. Shootings at schools are always young men. And if a crowd turns nasty, it is young men. Maybe (most likely) it is their testosterone. They have to be aggressive. But in the end it always turns bad. Maybe we ought to consider that these days and maybe incorporate that in the way we raise them. It ought to give us pause that half the population has a propensity to violence because of their hormones. Let’s hope the March for Our Lives stays non-violent, but I really think these kids have their heads on straight.