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My conjecture: Somebody *very* high up just rolled over on Donnie. But who?

Your thoughts...
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Wed Sep 25, 2019, 02:31 PM (44 replies)

The GOP's fear of strong women is getting more obvious by the day

Just look at the way they're frothing at the mouth about AOC and Greta Thunberg.

My question is: How best to take advantage of it?
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sat Sep 21, 2019, 06:20 PM (2 replies)

When a business decision gets passed off as virtue signaling


Colt Suspends Manufacture Of Controversial AR-15 For Civilian Market

Veilleux said the decision to halt manufacture of the AR-15 for the civilian market came because "high-volume contracts" from the military and law enforcement were "absorbing all of Colt's manufacturing capacity for rifles."

Hours after the statement was released, the Department of Defense announced that it had awarded Colt a $41.9 million contract to manufacture rifles for sales to militaries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, Oceania and the Caribbean.


Colt's Manufacturing Co. LLC, West Hartford, Connecticut, was awarded a $41,924,594 firm-fixed-price Foreign Military Sales (Afghanistan, Bahrain, Djibouti, Federated States of Micronesia, Hungary, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Macedonia, Marshall Islands, Palau, St. Vincent and Grenadines, and Tunisia) contract for production for the M4 and M4A1 carbines. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 18, 2024. U.S. Army Contracting Command, New Jersey, is the contracting activity (W15QKN-19-D-0116).

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Fri Sep 20, 2019, 02:28 PM (12 replies)

Remember the widespread advocacy here of "no fly no buy" laws? I do:


Judge Rules Terrorism Watchlist Violates Constitutional Rights

By Charlie Savage

WASHINGTON — A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that a federal government database that compiles people deemed to be “known or suspected terrorists” violates the rights of American citizens who are on the watchlist, calling into question the constitutionality of a major tool the F.B.I. and the Department of Homeland Security use for screening potential terrorism suspects.

Being on the watchlist can restrict people from traveling or entering the country, subject them to greater scrutiny at airports and by the police, and deny them government benefits and contracts. In a 32-page opinion, Judge Anthony J. Trenga of United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia said the standard for inclusion in the database was too vague.

“The court concludes that the risk of erroneous deprivation of plaintiffs’ travel-related and reputational liberty interests is high, and the currently existing procedural safeguards are not sufficient to address that risk,” Judge Trenga wrote.Sept. 4, 2019...

...Among them, a group of 19 Americans, represented by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, filed a lawsuit charging that their inclusion violated their due process rights. Recounting tales of being detained and harassed when trying to enter the country, they argued that they did not receive notice of why they were being put on the list or an opportunity to contest derogatory claims.

Amazing the number of purported 'progressives' who were quite willing to elide Islamophobia and denial of due process
because guns:








To which I say:

I'm glad this decision came down

Fuck your willingness to see the Constitution trampled

Good on Judge Trenga for his decision.
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Sep 5, 2019, 03:48 PM (6 replies)

On guns, a question: What would *you*, personally, do to confiscate them?

Join the military?

Become a cop?

In all my years at DU, I can count on the fingers of one hand the people who said
that they would be willing to do the job themselves.

Most content themselves with loudly proclaiming that it's a task that really needs to be done, while studiously
avoiding volunteering to do it...

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Mon Sep 2, 2019, 04:08 PM (107 replies)

California Supreme Court backs greater access to police misconduct cases


The California Supreme Court decided unanimously Monday that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and other law enforcement agencies may alert prosecutors that a deputy who is slated to testify in a criminal case has a history of misconduct.

The decision overturned a Court of Appeal ruling that barred the sheriff from giving prosecutors the names of deputies who had committed misconduct, including lying, taking bribes, tampering with evidence, using unreasonable force or engaging in domestic violence...

...In a ruling written by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, the state high court said that merely disclosing to prosecutors that a deputy was on a list of problem officers did not violate California law protecting personnel records.

Indeed, the court said, such an alert might be needed for prosecutors to fulfill their constitutional duty to give the defense evidence that might cast doubt on a defendant’s guilt, reduce a potential sentence or diminish the credibility of prosecution witnesses.

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Mon Aug 26, 2019, 07:05 PM (0 replies)

Beware of 'Dangerous' Art


It’s strange to think of queer, ostensibly progressive writers sharing any ideological space at all with Donald Trump, but in fact, they overlap at least once on a media-criticism Venn diagram. The intersection is at the word “dangerous.”

“You talk about racist. Hollywood is racist,” Trump said to the press earlier this month. “What they’re doing with the kind of movies they’re putting out, it’s actually very dangerous for our country.” Lest you be deceived into believing that Trump joined liberals in calling out Hollywood’s lack of diversity, reliance on stereotypes, and tendencies to tell stories about race through the viewpoints of white characters, his comments arrived as the controversy about The Hunt reached its boiling point. He never mentioned the now-canceled movie by name, but an earlier tweet thread about “the movie coming out” highly suggested that his target The Hunt, whose premise rattled Republicans for its satirical portrayal of liberals hunting conservatives.

Way, way on the other side of the political divide, two movies released this year containing trans themes have also been called “dangerous.” “Why Adam Is a Dangerous Film for Trans People,” reads the headline for The Advocate’s review of trans director Rhys Ernst’s controversial film about a cisgender high school student who impersonates a trans dude to woo a slightly older queer woman. Belgian director Lukas Dhont’s Girl sparked even more fervent ire, in part because its director and star are both cis, but also because of its general darkness. “It’s the most dangerous movie about a trans character in years,” wrote critic Oliver Whitney in The Hollywood Reporter. For Vanity Fair, K. Austin Collins wrote that Girl is “a curiously unjust, myopic, even dangerous movie.” In the headline for its story on the controversy, the New York Times asked, “Is a Film About a Transgender Dancer Too ‘Dangerous’ to Watch?”
In criticism, there’s almost always a better word than “dangerous.”

The precise dangers portended are rarely specified—after all, these are movie reviews, not prophecies. Context and inference suggest that these movies are dangerous because they may help facilitate the continued marginalization of vulnerable populations via negative stereotypes and cynical world views. There’s a palpable anxiousness over the noxious effects of ideas. Often, it seems like “dangerous” is a synonym for “really bad,” a way to telegraph that the movie’s functional politics don’t align with those the writer (or speaker) feels should prevail in civilized culture...

I'm with writer Melvin Burgess on this one, and what he said can't be repeated often enough, IMO:


Why Melvin Burgess's 'dangerous' books aren't dangerous at all

"...Like most “dangerous” books, it is in fact only a threat to people who are themselves dangerous - people who want to control others. If you want to decide what’s right and what’s wrong, to be obeyed, then any book that assumes people can make up their own minds is dangerous - but only to yourself and your little clique"

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Mon Aug 26, 2019, 01:00 PM (0 replies)

"(T)he idea that your stockpile of AR-15s could do anything against US troops with actual artillery

was always so stupid that it's crazy to think that even the 3% crowd ever genuinely believed it."

From a tweet posted three days ago, referenced with approval here:



Less than three weeks prior to that tweet:

"Afghan peace talks put on hold by Taliban"


KABUL, Afghanistan — The Afghan government on Saturday announced that it was preparing for direct negotiations with the Taliban in the next two weeks, a major step in efforts to end the war.

But the Taliban rejected it.

The militant group’s spokesman said the Taliban was steadfast in its refusal to directly negotiate with the Afghan side until the United States announces a schedule for withdrawing its 14,000 troops in the country.

The episode was the latest confusion in the process.

The insurgents and the Americans are nearing a deal after seven rounds of protracted negotiations in Qatar — talks that have excluded the Afghan government.

Read more: https://www.toledoblade.com/news/World/2019/07/28/afghanistan-peace-talks-put-on-hold-by-taliban/stories/20190728116

In all my years here at DU, I've yet to see the sorts of people who express opinions of the sort shown at the beginning
of the OP explain news items of the sort shown immediately below it.

I daresay the implications ruin an oft-repeated 'faith-promoting rumor' of theirs...

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sun Aug 18, 2019, 05:32 PM (5 replies)

Democrats: We're glad to have AOC. Republicans: We're glad to have AOR (Angry Old Racists)

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Fri Aug 16, 2019, 10:44 AM (1 replies)

Manhattan DA Got Innocent People's Google Phone Data Through A 'Reverse Location' Search Warrant


Law enforcement authorities in New York are joining a nationwide trend to push Google to share phone data on anyone using its location tracking services near the time and scene of a crime.

The technique uses a type of search warrant known as a “reverse location” or “geofence” warrant, which gives authorities location information on Google users who have Android phones or use apps, such as Google Maps...

...The use of this surveillance technique has not been confirmed in New York City until now. An investigator for the Manhattan DA revealed it during testimony last week in a case involving a politically-charged assault from last year...

...Court records show that this dragnet data request captured the location data of multiple people who were put under law enforcement scrutiny, even though they had nothing to do with the crimes under investigation.
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Wed Aug 14, 2019, 04:49 PM (2 replies)
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