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Three strikes law:

...But as the San Francisco Chronicle noted in 2012, Harris largely “stayed out of politically risky fights over criminal sentencing.”

In fact, Harris was to the right of her Republican opponent on the issue in the 2010 attorney general’s race. Los Angeles D.A. Steve Cooley, whom Harris narrowly defeated, had championed a reform effort in 2006 and ran on a platform of fixing the law.

She did not take a position on the successful 2012 ballot initiative to amend the law.


Her changing position on legal pot:

“Something else it’s past time we get done is dismantling the failed war on drugs—starting with legalizing marijuana,” Harris writes.

But dismantling prohibition, she adds, must be accomplished “with eyes wide open, understanding that there is unfinished business when it comes to legalization.”

These opinions reflect a reversal from Harris, who just a few years back was chuckling at questions regarding cannabis. Back in 2014, Harris was battling GOP candidate Ron Gold in a race to be California’s Attorney General. Gold heavily favored legalizing adult-use marijuana, and integrated it into part of his platform.

When a local news reporter asked Harris her thoughts on Gold’s position, she replied that “he’s entitled to his opinion,” before bursting into laughter. Just two years ago, when Californians voted to legalize adult-use cannabis, she declined support for the ballot measure.


Sending parents to jail:

Earlier this week, a video clip of Kamala Harris speaking in 2010 at an event hosted by the Commonwealth Club started making the rounds. The clip shows Harris, who was then the district attorney of San Francisco, championing her efforts to combat chronic school truancy by prosecuting parents of students who habitually missed class. “This was a little controversial in San Francisco,” she said with a laugh.

As a then-candidate for California’s attorney general—and after her victory in 2010—she had pushed the state to pass and implement one of the harshest anti-truancy laws in the nation, one that would penalize parents of students who were chronically absent from school with up to a year in potential jail time or a fine of up to $2,500. “We recognized that in that initiative, as a prosecutor and law enforcement, I have a huge stick,” she said in 2010. “The school district has got a carrot. Let’s work in tandem around our collective objective and goal, which is to get those kids in school.”


One west:

General Kamala Harris on Wednesday vaguely acknowledged The Intercept’s report about her declining to prosecute Steven Mnuchin’s OneWest Bank for foreclosure violations in 2013, but offered no explanation.

“It’s a decision my office made,” she said, in response to questions from The Hill shortly after being sworn in as California’s newest U.S. senator.

“We went and we followed the facts and the evidence, and it’s a decision my office made,” Harris said. “We pursued it just like any other case. We go and we take a case wherever the facts lead us.”

Mnuchin is Donald Trump’s nominee to run the Treasury Department, and served as CEO of OneWest from 2009 to 2015. In an internal memo published on Tuesday by The Intercept, prosecutors at the California attorney general’s office said they had found over a thousand violations of foreclosure laws by his bank during that time, and predicted that further investigation would uncover many thousands more.

But the investigation into what the memo called “widespread misconduct” was closed after Harris’s office declined to file a civil enforcement action against the bank.


company, then and now

Malaysia has 'right' to ban Israelis, says PM, rejecting anti-Semitism charge

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said that it was the country’s “right” to deny entry to Israeli nationals and that it was “unfair to label him as anti-Semitic” for previous anti-Semitic remarks while criticizing the Israeli government.

Speaking on Friday evening before Oxford University’s prestigious debating chamber, the Oxford Union, Mohamad said that “a country has the right to keep its borders closed to certain people, that’s why borders are there.”

Malaysia has banned Israeli athletes from an upcoming Paralympic swimming tournament, a move harshly criticized by Israel “shameful.” Israel further called for the International Paralympic Committee to help reverse the decision or change the venue of the Kuching tournament, scheduled for July and August on the island of Borneo, a qualifying event for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.


"We feel that they were doing a lot of wrong things but getting away with it, because nobody dares to say anything against them,” he said.

When pressed by a host on whether it was “fair to penalize” individual Israeli citizens or athletes because Malaysia may oppose the policies of the Israeli government, Mohamad responded with: “Well, it is not fair to call me anti-Semitic; they should call other people anti-Semitic. I am not anti-Semitic, the Arabs are all Semitic people.”

This was met with applause from the audience.

The Malaysian prime minister further defended himself against charges of anti-Semitism, when he was reminded that he had previously said Jewish people are “hooked nosed” with “an instinctive sense of money,” which the host pointed out are anti-Semitic statements.

Mohamad said these remarks were part of “freedom of speech,” and asked “why we can’t say anything against Israel, against the Jews?”


Outgoing IDF chief: Israel has struck 'thousands' of Iranian targets in Syria

The outgoing IDF chief of staff Gadi Eisenkot on Friday said that Israel has carried out “thousands” of airstrikes against Iranian military targets in Syria in recent years.

In an interview to the New York Times ahead of his retirement next week, Eisenkot for the first time confirmed the scale of Israel’s ongoing military campaign to thwart Iranian entrenchment in Syria.

"We struck thousands of targets without claiming responsibility or asking for credit,” he said.

Eisenkot said Israel in the last two years shifted its focus to Iran, its primary enemy, to prevent the IDF from getting bogged down in fighting secondary enemies like Hamas in Gaza.

“When you fight for many years against a weak enemy,” he said, “it also weakens you.”

At first, Eisenkot said Israeli operations in Syria operated under a “certain threshold,” referring to the IDF restricting strikes to weapons shipments bound for Iran’s Lebanon-based proxy group Hezbollah during the first few years of the civil war that broke out in 2011.

But in the years that followed, Eisenkot said Iran made a “significant change” in its Syria strategy, and began importing manpower from around the Muslim world in a bid to solidify its hold in the country.

“Their vision was to have significant influence in Syria by building a force of up to 100,000 Shiite fighters from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq,” he said. “They built intelligence bases and an air force base within each Syrian air base. And they brought civilians in order to indoctrinate them.”


Basically Israel prevented an Iranian takeover of Syria.

It didn't age very well.

What the OP doesn't seem to understand is a lot of humor is based on stereotypes.

Eta, like this skit:


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