Thursday, June 4, 2020

Fear at the root of America's race problem

More to the point, in this context, is the fact that about 30% of American civilians killed by the police are African-Americans, although they are only 13% of the US population.

When It Comes to Police Brutality, Fear is Also a Factor

 Cops can get into a state of mind where they're scared to death. When they're in that really, really frightened place they panic and they act out on that panic. I have known cops who haven't had a racist bone in their bodies and in fact had adopted black children, they went to black churches on the weekend, and these are the white cops. But you know what they had in their minds that made them act out and beat a black suspect unwarrentedly? They had fear. They were afraid of black men. I know a lot of white cops who have told me. And I interviewed over 900 police officers in 18 months and they started talking to me. It was almost like a therapy session for them.
They would say things like, "Ms. Rice I'm scared of black men. Black men terrify me. I'm really scared of them. Ms. Rice, you know black men who come out of prison, they've got great hulk strength and I'm afraid they're going to kill me. Ms. Rice, can you teach me how not to be afraid of black men." I mean these [are] cops who are 6'4". You know, the cop in Ferguson was 6'4" talking about he was terrified. But when cops are scared, they kill and they do things that don't make sense to you and me.

Twitter says fake "Antifa" account was run by white supremacists

Twitter has shut down multiple accounts that it says were operated by a white supremacist group posing as liberal groups encouraging violence.Twitter said the white supremacist group Identity Evropa used one fake account, @Antifa_US, to call for violence in majority white suburbs, in the name of the Black Lives Matter movement. The account's removal was first reported by NBC News.

Arlington’s Decision to Withdraw its Police Officers from the District of Columbia

As has been widely reported, for the sake of a photoshoot for the President, peaceful protesters were forcefully dispersed without being given enough time to comply with orders to move back. Our officers had no idea that the effort to move protesters was for any reason other than to construct a temporary barrier.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Trump Threatens to Deploy Military in Response to Protests: A Closer Look

'We the People' trumps 'commander-in-chief'

For almost 100 years, this restriction on presidential power gave cover to flagrant violations of federal authority in the South -- including voter suppression, Jim Crow segregation and, worst of all, repeated extrajudicial lynchings, which continued until 1960s. Even as the power of the president grew in the shadow of the Second World War, he had little military reach within the states. Governors and mayors were the heavies; the Constitution set it up that way.

President Trump's threats to deploy the US military to states, despite resistance from governors, are claims of direct authority he does not possess. He is making a political judgment about the protests, and forcing his preferred response on local law enforcement institutions operating in their constitutionally defined spaces.
Citizens should continue to protest peacefully. We have a right to demand justice in our communities, and the US military that we support with taxpayer dollars should stay free of these issues. Our soldiers have plenty of work to do abroad, and this president has nothing to offer our communities but more suffering and hate.
Democracy requires justice and healing in our neighborhoods, not military domination on our streets.

Trump Sics Military On Peaceful Protesters And Clergy To Make Way For Bible Photo Op

Trump Jr. Directs His Followers to White Supremacist's Fake 'Antifa' Account

A Twitter account claiming to be 'Antifa' and calling for violence during the protests sparked by the death of George Floyd, is found out to be a white supremacist group in disguise. 
The fake account, @ANTIFA_US, tweeted Sunday, “ALERT Tonight’s the night, Comrades Tonight we say “F**k The City” and we move into the residential areas… the white hoods…. and we take what’s ours #BlacklivesMaters #F**kAmerica.”
Twitter has since removed the account, but not before Donald Trump Jr. unknowingly directed his 2.8 million Instagram followers to the account to prove how dangerous ANTIFA is. 
“Absolutely insane,” Trump Jr. wrote on Instagram, sharing a screenshot of the tweet, “Just remember what ANTIFA really is. A Terrorist Organization! They’re not even pretending anymore.”

Ex-police chief: What's the plan now, America?

I am a black American man who has been privileged to serve in law enforcement for 40 years. Today, if a young person of color asks me what they should do if a police officer stops them, I answer: Put your hands on the steering wheel where they can be seen, cooperate and comply. And should they answer me back, as they likely would today -- Even if I did all that, we are still getting murdered -- I would have nothing to tell him or her. With my decades of experience, I would have nothing to say.

The problems we face at this moment are part of our long history. But the complete absence of leadership -- political, moral, policy, strategic -- strikes me as genuinely unprecedented. What's the plan now, America?

Donald Trump and the Politics of Fear

Fear pervades Americans’ lives—and American politics. Trump is a master of fear, invoking it in concrete and abstract ways, summoning and validating it. More than most politicians, he grasps and channels the fear coursing through the electorate. And if Trump still stands a chance to win in November, fear could be the key.

Trump is the frighened little man behind the curtain

Do I need to state the obvious - frightened people issuing threats can not discipline or control those that they are afraid of.

As mamy people have noted Trump ascribes to others his own weaknesses and fears.

I once had a Hebrew school teacher who had no clue as to how to control the class screaming one day that was worse than average "I used to be an Israeli policeman" Things got worse 

Similarly Trumps declaration I am going to use soldiers to dominate the rioters - doesn't work

Once the victim of bullying realizes the bully is afraid of him - it is all over

The only others that are impressed are all the scared white men at Fox News. Lynching generally resulted from fear of black men

The Holacaust resulted from Nazis fears of Jews. Excessive use of force by policemen is simply because the police are afraid of Blacks.

Don't remember anyone claiming our draft dodger President is endowed with personal courage 

He is simply a frightened little man who is afraid of everything he can't buy or corrupt ranging from germs Moslems immigrants, women  and black people in general

Watch: Trudeau asked about Trump, pauses for 20 seconds

The Canadian leader, however, did not offer an immediate answer and chose to be silent for more than 20 seconds.
Finally, he said, "We all watch in horror and consternation what’s going on in the United States. It is a time to pull people together, but it is a time to listen, it is a time to learn what injustices continue despite progress over years and decades. But it is a time for us as Canadians to recognize that we too have our challenges, that black Canadians and racialized Canadians face discrimination as a lived reality every single day."
Trudeau continued by speaking about the systemic discrimination racialized Canadians face within Canada, but did not directly speak about Trump’s position on the issue of the violent protests or even mention him by name.

Dana Perino says Trump's visit to St. John's Church was a good idea, but 'not executed well'

 fox says peaceful demonstrators can not be trusted but trump has done another "perfect" job

Co-host Dana Perino called Trump's visit to the church a great idea that was "not executed well."
"I don't think that people intended to use it as a photo op. I believe that the president was trying to show resilience, that America is not going to be taken over by people who would actually set fire to St. John's," Perino said. " ... The execution of all of that became the story today when we should really ... talk about the actual horrible destruction of America's great cities, especially New York City."

During the brief visit to the boarded-up church -- part of which was set on fire the night before -- Trump posed for the cameras while holding up a Bible.
Before Trump left the White House, authorities used smoke canisters and pepper balls to clear the park of protesters.
Co-host Jesse Watters dismissed the criticism that peaceful protesters were attacked, claiming that they don't deserve the benefit of the doubt after many American cities have been ravaged by riots and looting.

"They've shown no ability to be trusted at this point, killing cops now, punching people in the face for no reason. They're trying to protest violence against an innocent man, and yet they're committing violence on innocent men and women. It's disgusting. This country has had enough of it," Watters said. "And this fake scandal is just another frame job of the president while the rest of the country agrees with everything he did."

Police brutality prompted the protests. In some cities, the police response only proved the protesters' point

In some cases, police leaders say violence in the streets leaves them with no other choice. And President Trump has pushed for local officials to ramp up their show of force. But protesters and police critics argue that some officers are escalating tensions with their actions.
"They're making the argument for the demonstrators, that American policing remains unreformed and out of control," says Alex Vitale, a professor of sociology at Brooklyn College who studies police response to protest.
He says the firing of tear gas is one telling example of the ways police are not only inflaming tensions in the streets, but bolstering the case he and other critics have been making.
"This is a gross overreaction," he says.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Republicans chastise Trump for ousting protesters, church photo-op

"It was painful to watch peaceful protesters be subjected to tear gas in order for the president to go across the street to a church that I believe he’s attended only once," said Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine). "I thought that the president came across as unsympathetic and as insensitive to the rights of people to peaceful protest."

George Floyd death: Trump's church visit shocks religious leaders

Last night he held a Bible in front of St John's Episcopal Church, just across the road from the White House. Today, he'll visit the Shrine to St John Paul II, also in Washington DC.

James Martin, a Jesuit priest and consultant to the Vatican's communications department, tweeted: "Let me be clear. This is revolting. The Bible is not a prop. A church is not a photo op. Religion is not a political tool. God is not your plaything."

Will Americans ever forgive Trump for his heartless lack of compassion?
One’s heart goes out to the reporters who have sifted through the Donald Trump’s press briefings on the current pandemic – hour after hour of bombast, self-promotion, vitriol, lies and recklessly unscientific speculation – for any evidence of sympathy for those who are in pain. It’s hardly a shock to learn that our president’s expressions of care and compassion have occupied a total of less than five minutes, out of all that time.


Reporter's Notebook 2020 Time Capsule Carlos Barria / Reuters Sort Notes Newest First Oldest First Show 1 Newer Notes James Fallows 11:24 AM / May 4, 2020 2020 Time Capsule #17: ‘Empathy and Simple Kindness’

1) “Empathy and Simple Kindness.” This past Saturday, former President George W. Bush released a brief video whose subtweeted message was unmistakable. It recognized the suffering of those who had lost family members, or economic prospects, or hope itself; it emphasized the all of us rather than the us and them response to national crisis; and it appealed to the generous rather than the resentful in human nature.

President Trump’s Big Moment in Front of a Church Shows He Has Missed the Point of the Protests

As Trump began to speak in the Rose Garden, tear gas canisters could be heard being launched into the crowd across the park, and the sounds of bangs and screams carried over the treetops and punctuated his remarks. Trump began with three sentences about Floyd, the 46-year-old black man who died in Minneapolis on May 25 after a white police officer kept his knee on his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds. “All Americans were rightly sickened and revolted by the brutal death of George Floyd,” Trump said, adding that his Administration “is fully committed that for George and his family justice will be served. He will not have died in vain.” 

For the rest of Trump’s six minute and forty-two second speech, the President did not mention or commit to solve the main grievance of the protestors being noisily gassed outside: the frequency of killings of unarmed black men and women by police officers across the country. Instead, he pivoted to his central point of the night projecting himself as the defender of order. “We cannot allow the righteous cries of peaceful protestors to be drowned out by an angry mob,” he said. “I will fight to protect you. I am your president of law and order and an ally of all peaceful protestors.”

Trump responds to protests with a strongman act

While he mentioned Floyd -- who died a week ago in the latest example of police brutality against black Americans -- in his address, it was only in passing in a speech dedicated to fostering the impression of tough guy leadership. He made no attempt to soothe the anger, fear and alienation stalking the nation. Trump, who has a record of racist rhetoric in and out of office, gave little sign he appreciates that black men and women believe that their country, amid some instances of brutal policing, sees their lives as cheap.

'I can't breathe:' Death of unarmed black man George Floyd leads to firing of white police officers


Trump Can’t Designate Antifa — or Any Movement — Domestic Terrorist Organization

“There’s no legal process or meaning” for what the president said, Patel told us. “He’s reflecting on the process that we use for foreign terrorist organizations.”
The secretary of state has the legal authority to designate groups as foreign terrorist organizations under federal law. The federal government makes those FTO designations through a six-step process involving the State Department and other agencies. The designations enable the federal government to freeze assets, prosecute individuals for aiding those groups and restrict immigration for members of those groups, as the Government Accountability Office explains.

Ann Coulter Turns on ‘Disloyal Actual Retard’ Trump in Twitter Rant

Ann Coulter went on an early Sunday morning Twitter tear, calling President Donald Trump “the most disloyal actual retard that has ever set foot in the Oval Office.”
The far-right media pundit and former Trump defender was triggered by the president’s Friday tweet in which he called for Alabama voters to “not trust Jeff Sessions” and instead put their support behind Sessions’ Republican Senate seat challenger, football coach Tommy Tuberville.

Trump says he supports the troops. His record suggests otherwise.

Historically, American soldiers have tended to be more conservative and Republican-leaning than the population at large. Yet polls suggest that troops are beginning to sour on this GOP president. Since Trump's election, the percentage of service members disapproving of his performance has gone from a third to half of the nation's fighting force.

Given his record of disrespect toward the military and its values, the surprise is that it isn't higher.

Trump Considers Insurrection Act To Deploy US Troops Domestically | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

What the Insurrection Act of 1807 gives Trump the power to do

Michael Flynn judge defends decision to challenge DOJ request to drop case; no 'rubber stamp'

The federal judge overseeing the fraught prosecution of former national security adviser Michael Flynn Monday defended his decision to review the Justice Department's effort to abandon the case, calling such a move "unprecedented."
"It is unusual for a criminal defendant to claim innocence and move to withdraw his guilty plea after repeatedly swearing under oath that he committed the crime," attorneys for U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan said in documents filed in a D.C. appellate court. "It is unprecedented for an acting U.S. Attorney to contradict the solemn representations that career prosecutors made time and again, and undermine the district court’s legal and factual findings, in moving on his own to dismiss the charge years after two different federal judges accepted the defendant’s plea."

DOJ urges appeals court to force dismissal of Flynn case trump's pals being defended by DOJ

The DOJ lawyers unveiled a muscular argument in favor of virtually unbridled executive branch discretion in criminal charging decisions. They argued that Sullivan had no business standing in the way of a dismissal favored by both the government and a defendant.
The Justice Department’s new filing represented a major coup for Flynn’s defense. Indeed, in one respect the government went even further than the retired general’s attorneys did: It essentially asked the appeals court to foreclose Sullivan or any other judge from launching contempt proceedings against Flynn over seemingly contradictory statements he made under oath when affirming his plea and later withdrawing it.

Instead Of Leadership, Trump Has 'Only Fanned The Flames Of Hate' | Andrea Mitchell | MSNBC

After Days Of Unrest, America Needs Moral Leadership. Instead, We Have Donald Trump

White House press secretary pushes back on calls for Trump to address nation amid riots, protests

The White House and Justice Department have pointed the finger at radical leftist group Antifa amid the riots, while local officials have blamed a range of other factors ranging from gangs to white supremacists to foreign influence. But some of these accounts have been challenged, and the sheer scope of the nationwide protests along with arrest data suggests that at least some of the violence is being driven by local residents taking advantage of the chaos.

“Democratic and Republican presidents alike have seen it as their responsibility to be a unifying force in our country, not to fuel the flame,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tweeted Sunday. “President Trump has made clear he would rather distract than perform his duty.”

מדריך נעצר בחשד שתקף תלמיד באכזריות

המשטרה עצרה מדריך במוסד חינוך חרדי בתל אביב, בחשד שתקף באכזריות את אחד מתלמידיו במשך כשנה • החשוד יובא להארכת מעצר • החקירה נפתחה בעקבות תלונה

Laura Ingraham says riots are part of 'coordinated effort to eventually overthrow' the US government

White supremacists pose as Antifa online, call for violence

 A Twitter account that tweeted a call to violence and claimed to be representing the position of "Antifa" was in fact created by a known white supremacist group, Twitter said Monday. The company removed the account.

Trump Protest Response: ‘Dropped To Yet Another Low Of Nearly Four Years Of Lows’ | All In | MSNBC

Police chief to Trump: Please, keep your mouth shut if you can't be constructive

Cooper on Trump's move: He's a wannabe wartime president

Can Trump legally deploy US troops to US cities?

Governors were quick to dispute Trump, as J.B. Pritzker of Illinois did on CNN shortly after Trump's comments.
"I reject the notion that the federal government can send troops into the state of Illinois," said Pritzker, a Democrat. "The fact is that the president has created an incendiary moment here. He wants to change the subject from his failure over coronavirus, a miserable failure and now see a moment when there's unrest because of the injustice that was done to George Floyd that he now wants to create another topic and something where he can be the law and order president."


Audio leaked of Trump getting humiliated by a governor on a call with ALL 50 GOVERNORS

G7 leaders reject Russia's return after Trump summit invite

But Mr Trump's invitation to Mr Putin has drawn the ire of the UK and Canada, whose leaders said on Sunday they would not support Russia's readmission to the group.
Russia was expelled from the group - previously known as the G8 - in 2014 in response to its annexation of Crimea.

Episcopal Bishop Criticizes President Trump for Staging Visit to Church After Ordering Protesters Cleared

The bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington sharply criticized President Donald Trump on Monday for staging a visit to the historic St. John’s Church across from the White House, where he held up a Bible after authorities had cleared the area of peaceful protesters.
The Rev. Mariann Budde, whose diocese St. John’s belongs to, said in a statement that she was “outraged” by Trump’s visit and noted that he didn’t pray while stopping by the church, a landmark known for its regular visits from sitting presidents since the early 19th century.
“He took the symbols sacred to our tradition and stood in front of a house of prayer in full expectation that would be a celebratory moment,” Budde said in an interview after her statement on Trump’s visit was posted to the diocese’s Twitter account.


Monday, June 1, 2020

Trump fires back with more false statements

Flag of Treason

Tamar Epstein's Diary Entry regarding pros and cons of Aharon Friedman

How Do You Kneel on a Neck for Nine Minutes?

I don’t see how anyone could remain in that position unless he was, at best, totally indifferent to the person’s survival.

Police bust sex trafficking ring that brought women to Israel

Police have busted a suspected sex trafficking ring that allegedly brought women from abroad to Israel for prostitution, arresting eight suspects Monday morning including a female former Israeli athlete.

The crime ring made contact with the women via Russian-language online advertisements before bringing them to Israel to work as prostitutes, police said in a statement. In the country, it allegedly arranged their living situations and ferried them from customer to customer at a number of “discreet houses” masquerading as massage services.

feminist poison in Orthodox world

When an issue repeatedly comes up in a very short time span that usually indicates it is very serious
I am dealing with couples who one had a loving relationship which has turned to raw hatred.

The issue is that the wife views their children as exclusively hers and insists on eradicating any and all relationship between the father and children. Thus he deserves no respect or love because she is the real parent he is only the sperm donor. the real problem is this view is held so strongly and deeply it is totally immune to psychological legal or halachic arguments. Whatever contact the wife allows is viewed by her as proof that she is a tzadekes. Totally destroying the well being of the children and ex husband

Yale Epidemiologist: Hydroxychloroquine Should Be Used As Standard COVID-19 Treatment Despite Being Potentially Harmful

 Basically says why not use it until it has been proven either worthless or harmful since it is better to do something than nothing. Hardly a strong endorsement. I think we should wear garlic around our necks and smell bleach several times a day until it can be shown to be worthless or harmful.

Dr. Harvey Risch, an epidemiologist at Yale, disputes that hydroxychloroquine should be "widely available and promoted for prescription by physicians". In an article published by Oxford University Press, aided by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, he explains why it is essential that scientists shouldn't only "stand by" while knowing the drug's efficacy and potential.
All treatments have costs and benefits. In an ideal world, randomized double-blinded controlled clinical trials establish evidence for the relative degree of benefit, and if large enough, for estimatesof the frequenciesof adverse events. These trials take time to conduct: to get formal approval, to get funding, to enroll enough eligible patients, to wait for the outcomes to occur, and to analyze the data. In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are presently averaging about 10,000 deaths per weekin the US, under moderately strong isolation policies that have put more than 36million people out of work. Results of currently ongoing or planned randomized trials for use of a number of outpatient medications are many weeks or months off, and there are no guarantees that the results for these agents, even if statistically significant, will show sufficient magnitudes of effectiveness to be useful clinically. We are rapidly reaching a breaking point in the ability to maintain the status quo;states have begun the process of lifting their restrictions, and we thus need to evaluate what evidence we do have for promising outpatient treatments.Review of Evidence Based on laboratory and other preliminary evidenceto-date,among many others, two candidate medication regimens have been widely discussed for outpatient treatment: remdesivir(Gilead Sciences, Inc., Foster City, California),and hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) plus azithromycin (AZ). Remdesivir has been studied extensively in laboratory work and in animals (8) and for other viral diseases and has good biological properties,suggesting utilityfor SARS-CoV-2infection. In a study of remdesivir compassionate use in 53 hospitalized patients with severe disease (9), 13% died, which appear slower than what might have been expectedwithout treatment, though greater than the deaths in the placebo arm of the Adaptive COVID-19 
 In this context, we cannot afford the luxury of perfect knowledge and must evaluate, now and on an ongoing basis, the evidence for benefit and risk of these medications(23). Available evidence of efficacy of HCQ+AZhas been repeatedly described in the media as “anecdotal,” but most certainly is not. The evidence is not perfect either.
 There is a small chance that it may not work. But the urgency demands that we at least start to take that risk and evaluate what happens, and if our situation does not improve we can stop it, but we will know that we did everything that we could instead of sitting by and letting hundreds of thousands die because we did not have the courage to act according to our rational calculations



Excessive Force Pandemic - A Critical Need for Change

Fox News Doesn't Think This Man Is Fit to Be President | The Daily Show

Tapper: Some of Trump's allies think he's not up to the task

Sunday, May 31, 2020

'Enough already': Romney blasts Trump for pushing conspiracy theory about Joe Scarborough

 Republican Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah on Wednesday blasted President Donald Trump for repeatedly pushing a decades-old conspiracy theory about MSNBC's Joe Scarborough, calling the attacks "vile" and "baseless."

Romney has been a frequent critic of Trump, and his tweet on Wednesday appears to make him the second member of his party in Congress to publicly call out the President over his support of the conspiracy theory. Earlier this week, Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois urged the President in a tweet to stop touting the theory, writing, "It will destroy us."

Trump says right-wing voices are being censored. The data says something else

President Donald Trump has angrily complained this week about social media companies, repeatedly accusing them of censoring conservative voices and going as far as to sign an executive order Thursday seeking to limit their power. 
But data from Facebook, the world's largest social media company, pours cold water on the assertion that conservative voices are being silenced.
In fact, according to CrowdTangle, a data-analytics firm owned by Facebook, content from conservative news organizations dominates Facebook and often outperforms content from straightforward news organizations.


Donald Trump Jr.’s Baseless Attack Calling Biden a Pedophile Is a Preview of the Dirty Campaign Ahead

He was joking, but not really. That seems to be the message from Donald Trump Jr. after he posted a meme on his Instagram account that called former Vice President Joe Biden a pedophile. The meme that the president’s eldest son posted for his 2.8 million followers includes a picture of Biden saying, “See you later, alligator” while an alligator below replies, “In a while, pedophile.”

Don Jr. and Eric Preview Trump Camp’s Ugly Biden Attacks

The president has never been kind to his opponents of any political stripe, and his Democratic challenger in 2020 has not received a pass. In the past year or so, Trump has claimed Joe Biden was only good at his job “because he understood how to kiss Barack Obama’s ass,” called him the “weakest mentally,” and identified the former vice-president and his son Hunter with one of his favorite barbs.

Donald Trump Jr.’s latest Joe Biden “joke” reflects a proven strategy for mainstreaming extreme ideas

President Donald Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., tweeted and Instagrammed a reference to the widespread “Creepy Joe” meme on Friday — one labeling former Vice President Joe Biden a pedophile.
The meme, which has been circulating online in right-wing meme forums as well as communities and hashtags devoted to the “Creepy Joe” meme, highlights the fact a number of women have said the presumptive nominee touched them inappropriately. It depicts Biden saying, “See you later alligator,” with an alligator responding, “In a while, pedophile.” On Instagram, Trump Jr. initially framed the meme as a joke, and later repeated the claim on Twitter.


woman are spiritually inferior to men - Netziv

Netziv (Bereishis 1:27)In the image of G-d All of nature in its entirety was included with in him. From the moment that it occurred in thought and speech that Nature should be that way G-d was called Elokim i.e the G-d of Nature. And since all Nature was included in man he was thus in the image of Elokim. But this is only true for the elevated man as he was before the Sin. And afterwards  male and female He created them This verse is not saying that gender was different in man from the other species so this teaches us  that they were in fact two creatures as I will explain later and since the male of the human species is not comparable to the female  as it states in Koheles(7:28) I found one man out of a thousand  but not among woman. In other words the elevated man is like one who is in the image of G-d and that is one man out of a thousand. In contrast amongst women, they are like the second man who has the name of man but not the spiritual level

Kaminetsky-Greenblatt Heter: Rav Eliahu Rominek's teshuva explaining why it is worthless

Number of coronavirus deaths in Sweden is highest per capita in the world

Following Sweden's decision not to institute a lockdown to control the spread of coronavirus, the country's death rate is now one of the highest in the world.
Over the past week, Sweden has seen 5.59 deaths per million people, significantly higher than the global average of 0.49 deaths per million people.
Earlier this week, Sweden's state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell admitted that his country is in a "terrible situation."

In a sad week for America, Trump has fled from his duty

But other than a brief tweet in the midst of another storm, Trump remained silent on the most sensitive issue of his presidency: the pandemic that is killing so many older Americans and people of color living near the edge. Understandably, with the rash of other news, the press is moving on. But we should pause for one more moment to recognize how sad and sharp a departure his silence is from past traditions of the presidency.

Trump Lashes Out as His Election Prospects Darken

Some prominent Republicans say the President has crossed the line with the attacks he’s lobbed in recent days. “We’re in the middle of a pandemic, he’s the Commander-in-Chief of this nation, and it’s causing great pain to the family of the young woman who died, so I would urge him to stop it,” Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the chair of the House Republican Conference, said May 27, referencing Trump’s repeated implication that Scarborough had been involved in the death of staff member Lori Klausutis in 2001. (Police ruled the death an accident; at the time, Scarborough was hundreds of miles away.) Mitt Romney, the only Republican senator to vote to convict Trump on abuse of power during his impeachment trial, called Trump’s suggestions about Scarborough’s involvement in Klausutis’s death “vile” and “baseless.” “Enough already,” the senator from Utah tweeted.


Saturday, May 30, 2020

Judge Napolitano says officer charged in Floyd's death should be charged with second-degree murder

Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano reacted Friday to Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin being charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter over the death of George Floyd as riots and protests continue in the city.
"Third-degree murder is the same thing as manslaughter, which is a reckless indifference to human life. Probable cause statement shows that the knee was on the neck for more than four minutes, that the other officers said to him, 'Do you think you should lay off of him?' That one of the officers took his pulse and there was no pulse and Officer Chauvin kept his knee on the neck even after there was no pulse," Napolitano said on "Bill Hemmer Reports." "Now, that behavior to me is an intent to kill, which is second-degree murder. What's the difference? One has 20 five years in jail as a max. The other has 40 years in jail as a max."

Judge Pirro says 'facts are clear,' Minnesota officer 'does not deserve to be free'

Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro said on Friday that there are “clear facts” showing that the police officer who killed George Floyd needs to be arrested and charged with murder under Minnesota law.
“What you have is a police officer with a record of [a] series of complaints over the 19 years that he’s been a police officer who ended up snuffing the life out of an African-American over an alleged counterfeit $20 bill that he was using to buy food for his family,” the host of "Justice with Jeanine" told “Fox & Friends.”
“I want to know what were those police officers doing as George Floyd was begging, saying he couldn’t breathe, saying ‘please please,’ begging them and then crying for his mama?" Pirro asked. "I mean, break your heart. This man who put his knee on the neck of George Floyd does not deserve to be free in this country.”
Hours after the interview aired, Chauvin was arrested.

Justice for George Floyd? Legal Update on Case Status

Fed up Fox News host DESTROYS Trump over executive order against Twitter

Trump's 1st Amendment Fail

The Trump-Twitter fight ropes in the rest of Silicon Valley

The deepening feud between the president and his go-to social media platform is forcing companies like Facebook and Google to gird for a lobbying battle to defend the legal protections that underpin their lucrative business models, sooner and much more publicly than they had originally expected. Those preparations accelerated this week, even as Facebook made it clear to Trump that it doesn't share Twitter's view of how online platforms should handle political speech.