Archive for June, 2024

June 30th, 2024 - 8:06 pm § in Biden, Democrats, Donald Trump, Hypocrisy, Law and Courts, Politics, Republicans

J. D. Vance suggests only Republican presidents have immunity

Sen. J. D. Vance (R-OH; photo, left) is a Yale-educated lawyer, but not a Supreme Court justice, so he make the rules. Which is just as well, because he has a funny idea of what the rules should be. Appearing on “Face the Nation,” a Sunday talk show, Vance declared “he believes pr[...]

June 30th, 2024 - 7:31 pm § in Donald Trump, Politics, Republicans

Trump VP hopeful “evolves” on abortion

Trump has a talent for turning once-reasonable people into groveling sycophants. The latest Republican to fall under his spell is North Dakota governor Doug Burgum, a tech millionaire turned politician. Not so long ago, Burgum (photo, left; profile here) said outlawing abortion made it “unsafe[...]

June 30th, 2024 - 6:57 pm § in Democrats

The failure of West Coast liberalism

West coast cities are a “mess,” says Nicholas Kristof, a New York Times columnist (see story here). He’s specifically referring to homelessness, drug use, lower high school graduation rates, and lower home unaffordability because of restrictions on residential construction. Kristof[...]

June 30th, 2024 - 10:07 am § in Biden, Democrats, Donald Trump, News Media, Politics

The Biden decision facing Democrats

Biden’s shaky debate performance has many Democrats worried about voter perceptions of his ability to carry on. Bombing the debate is media fodder, if nothing else, and the notion he should drop out of the 2024 presidential race is being ballyhooed by the media and pundits eager for attention.[...]

June 30th, 2024 - 9:20 am § in Politics, Republicans

Rightwing group is compiling a federal employee blacklist

A private conservative group, profiled here, plans to name online federal employees they regard as hostile with the intent of forcing them out of their jobs, the Guardian reported on Sunday, June 30, 2024 (read story here). The federal civil service system was establish in 1871 to replace the politi[...]

June 29th, 2024 - 10:15 pm § in Misc.

Who’s Karen Read?

“My job is to follow legal stories in the news,” an MSNBC legal analyst wrote. He continued here, “Apparently, I’m not so great at my job. A month ago, when a non-journalist friend messaged me to ask about my thoughts on the Karen Read murder trial, my response was: ‘Who’[...]

June 29th, 2024 - 9:10 pm § in Law and Courts

Was he born a killer, or did being a cop turn him into one?

Jeffrey Nelson (photos left and below), while working as a police officer in Auburn, Washington, killed 3 people in 8 years. All 3 were shot in the forehead. A jury convicted Nelson of murder and assault for the last of those shootings, which occurred in 2019, on June 27, 2024. Jurors weren’t [...]

June 28th, 2024 - 8:23 pm § in Law and Courts

Senior citizen arrested for looking into squad cars gets $250K

Actually, that’s not all Mick Heikkola, age 70, did; when a plainclothes cop asked what he was doing, Heikkola dropped an F-bomb on him. That’s never a good idea when dealing with cops, even though it’s protected by the First Amendment, but in Heikkola’s defense he didn’[...]

June 28th, 2024 - 5:32 pm § in Law and Courts

Clarence Thomas wants to make addiction a crime

Justice Clarence Thomas is truly living in the 16th century. Now part of a Supreme Court conservative majority dragging American law backwards by overturning various precedents reflecting social progress, Thomas signaled in a recent decision he wants to reinstate status crimes. The court didn’[...]

June 28th, 2024 - 1:21 am § in Biden, Democrats, Donald Trump, Politics, Republicans

Does a bad debate matter?

Huffington Post labeled it “the debate from hell” and pundits across the political spectrum called it a “disaster” for Biden, because he lacked energy and stamina, repeatedly lost his train of thought, and his voice was hoarse and raspy. The White House claimed he’s bat[...]