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    The news here is not FB but the exposed position that so many corporations are taking. They must be peer to confident where their customer stands.

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      Potentially a technicality, we’ll see.

      But sad that the unconstitutionality of DACA itself was not noticed.

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        From Amy Howe at SCOTUS Blog:

        The question in this case has always been not about whether the Trump administration could terminate DACA, because everyone agrees that it can. The question is whether the Trump administration went about it the right way here and the answer in this case is no.

        From me:

        Paragraphs, sentences, words, punctuation - all were parsed to the billionth of a percentage point, taken apart, bastardized and more by the treasonous Democrats - and ‘Him’ - to nudge/shove and misdirect… presented by a court with a now obviously compromised chief justice.

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          Paragraphs, sentences, words, punctuation - all were parsed to the billionth of a percentage point, taken apart, bastardized and more by the treasonous Democrats - and ‘Him’ - to nudge/shove and misdirect… presented by a court with a now obviously compromised chief justice.

          Yup. The new extra-constitutional rule is: When Democrats enact a policy, the courts must find a way to salvage it as constitutional (c.f. Obamacare “tax”). But when Trump enacts a policy, the courts must find a way to rule it unconstitutional.

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          I’m not convinced that armed protesting is a good idea but what is the racism in it?

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            In an otherwise excellent essay I think you make too much of the flawed modeling. These models were based on a given rate of transmission. If they spooked people into changing their behavior and “bending the curve” then they would be self-invalidating projections beyond just the ordinary challenges of extrapolating into the future.

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              That’s the optimist/pessimist paradox. (h/t VDH) The pessimist makes spooky predictions. If he’s right, he’s a genius. If they don’t pan out, he gets to claim credit for a good result by saying people wouldn’t have taken precautions if he hadn’t made spooky predictions. The optimist can’t win. If he predicts things aren’t so bad and they aren’t, he merely “predicted” the status quo. If he’s wrong, he’s responsible for people dying.

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              I don’t know how to ‘draw’ with keyboard characters and symbols, of instead of these words, all you’d see would be a Star of David with the word ‘Juden’ inside.

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                I actually think this is a good idea. Assuming that you are immue after you get it and no longer infectious, these people are given a free pass to come and go as they please.

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                It’s time to bring back mail order (online sales) gun (and ammo) purchasing.

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                  From the article: “To put a floor on the current market rout, some of the world’s biggest investors say they need three things: better information on the scale of the coronavirus pandemic, powerful support from governments and more forceful intervention in markets.”

                  If that is their criteria, then they, too, will underestimate the decline. The bottom will be in when investors realize that government intervention can’t fix the markets this time.

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                    So a conservative British politician (let’s remember that a “conservative” Brit tends to be equivalent to a 1990s U.S. Democrat) tweeted a photo of himself with a bag of looseleaf Taylor’s Yorkshire Tea. Which gave the Twitter Outrage Brigade something to complain about:

                    For the crime of their product featuring in a picture with the Conservative Chancellor, there were demands for a boycott, a ban and worse, much worse… This is the truth of the thing. When all the noise and furor falls away and you find yourself alone, staring down a snarling mob, ripping at your clothes, your stuff, and the things you love. These Puritans won’t stop until you are swinging from a tree. Even then, they promise to throw a party to celebrate your death.

                    One response would be to have explicitly conservative brands of tea and coffee. That would be funny in that it would trigger the Twitter Outrage Brigade even more. But it doesn’t solve the problem of Twitter Outrage Brigade not stopping until you’re swinging from a tree.

                    A better response might be to reduce the incentives for the Twitter Outrage Brigade (and their #MediaJackal enablers) to exist in the first place.

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                        I recommend their Silencer Smooth!

                        https://www.blackriflecoffee.com/products/silencer-smooth-coffee-blend

                        Really is smoother than their Gunship roast, though both are pleasant. I think Silencer Smooth is $1 more per bag.

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                        I few years ago I thought the NRA had won the 2A battle nationally and just needed to clean up in the bluest states like CA and NY. But maybe not. This is a shot across the bow for the NRA.

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                          Agreed. It was not that long ago that the Democrats seem to have taken a break on demanding more anti-2A laws. They were still as anti-constitutional as ever, but it wasn’t their #1 issue. See this plaintive Salon piece from 2007: Why Democrats dumped gun control

                          I’m not sure why. Maybe it was post-9/11 and Americans wanted to up-arm. Maybe #Mediajackals were not as corrupt and tendentious as they are today. Maybe the left was waiting for Bush’s term to expire. Maybe the left was expecting SCOTUS to slap them down hard (by 2007, SCOTUS had granted cert on Heller and I think the DC Circuit had ruled in Heller’s favor at least a year earlier).

                          But yes, the NRA is badly needed right now. The left is no longer willing to tolerate the NRA. It wants to kill it, bury it, and salt that unholy ground.

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                          Obviously media sources can misquote the pope, by accident or otherwise. The first questio to ask here is this: does Pope Francis truly believe that poverty is on the increase? Is he unaware that poverty has been cut by half in the last 30 years? If the article is accurate on that point then it’s unsurprising what follows.

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                            Good point. I was focused on Pope Francis’ recommendations, not his claims.

                            You are right about his claims on poverty: “The world is rich and yet the poor increase around us…” That claim is not true.

                            Also I must admit that the Breitbart story had a reasonable headline. It was not unfair. It captured one of Francis’ main points.

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                            Virginia protesters blame gun control on deep anxiety in limousine liberal enclaves.

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                              This is an interesting paragraph from the linked article:

                              The Democratic Party is not just more diverse in who it represents; it’s also more diverse in whom it listens to. A new Pew survey tested Democratic and Republican trust in 30 different media sources, ranging from left to right. Democrats trusted 22 of the 30 sources, including center-right outlets like The Wall Street Journal. Republicans trusted only seven of the 30 sources, with PBS, the BBC and The Wall Street Journal the only mainstream outlets with significant trust.

                              Left unstated by the #MediaJackal author Ezra Klein is an argument that 30 media sources are equally trustworthy, fair, and accurate. But there is no reason to assume that is the case. There is good reason to assume the opposite.

                              Another way to interpret these data is that Republicans are more discerning, or pay attention to news sources that more closely match reality, or both.

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                                PS: As for the second half of the linked article, it complains that:

                                By 2040, 70 percent of Americans will live in the 15 largest states. That means 70 percent of America will be represented by only 30 senators, while the other 30 percent of America will be represented by 70 senators.

                                It seems that if Democrats are sufficiently committed to their party, principles, and their unique vision of the future of the nation, there is a simple solution. Democrats in the “15 largest states” could disperse throughout the country.

                                I note the #MediaJackal author in question, Ezra Klein, appears to live in the SF bay area. Is he insufficiently devoted to his party’s principles? Why does he not move to, say, Alaska and take his vote with him?

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                                  Read another way: Democrats are more diverse becuase they like the same mainstream news sources we do.

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                                    I may just start traveling domstically with my passport. “Papers, please!”

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                                      Another option for domestic air travel:

                                      https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/need-passport/card.html

                                      Of course this requires that the poorly paid, poorly trained TSA screeners will recognize it as an official U.S. government ID document and allow you to use it.

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                                      Physician, heal thyself?

                                      The linked article says:

                                      According to its 2018 Stress in America survey, 62 percent of Americans say the current political climate is “a significant stressor” for them; more than two-thirds say the nation’s future is stressing them out—a “significant increase” from 2017…

                                      My guess is that a lot of those 62 percent could be Trump voters who also find the current political climate to be “a significant stressor,” given the state of the culture wars, the constant investigations into the White House’s alleged perfidy, etc. Of course we could work together as a society to find ways to de-escalate political tensions, to learn to live and let live, to tolerate views that are different from ours, to devolve power from the federal government, to not turn so many things into federal cases…

                                      Nah, that’s crazy talk. Guess things will just keep getting worse!

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                                        I don’t know how stressed Trump supporters are at the moment but that could change with the election of President Warren/Harris.

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                                          Yup. If that happens, I predict gun manufacturers reporting their best three months of sales in a generation or more…

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                                        Excerpt from the article:

                                        Shunning, shaming, doxxing, attacking. As the 2020 campaign reaches full speed, would it surprise anyone to see all of it increase? And all from people who congratulate themselves for standing against hate. Perhaps our politics will cool down at some point in the future. But not now.

                                        If he’s right, we’re in for some interesting times come November 2020, especially if there’s a narrow victory that could be reversed if one or two states could be “flipped” post-facto.

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                                          We are in for interesting times either way.

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                                            I suspect anything more would fail constitutionally but maybe it’s only a matter of time.

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                                              Legal vs. illegal, I suppose, comes down to the predilections of a bunch of lawyers wearing black robes living in (or near) Washington, D.C.

                                              I’m reminded of this, which was five years ago and in the great state of Texas:

                                              The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court.

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                                            Who ever could have seen this coming?

                                            It sure looks like the chief justice is enjoying his new position as the swing vote on constitutional issues. What was he, a Clinton or Obama appointee? Can’t remember offhand.

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                                              Goes to show we need at least one more reliable justice.