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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

https://www.npr.org/2019/09/20/762640053/colt-suspends-manufacture-of-controversial-ar-15-for-civilian-market


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.


https://www.defense.gov/Newsroom/Contracts/Contract/Article/1966024/


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:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/04/us/politics/terrorism-watchlist-constitution.html


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:

https://www.democraticunderground.com/10027924284

https://www.democraticunderground.com/10027937105

https://www.democraticunderground.com/10027942806

https://www.democraticunderground.com/10027936599

https://www.democraticunderground.com/10027936599

https://www.democraticunderground.com/10027947845

https://www.democraticunderground.com/10141267571

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)
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