Archive for the ‘Crime’ Category

Gun Ownership Facts


(Patheos::ATP) – Bert Bigelow:

There are countless gun blogs with all kinds of “facts” about how gun ownership cuts crime rates, guns aren’t a danger around the house, and besides the Constitution SAYS we have the right to own guns. And, of course there is the rich and powerful NRA, with its lobby in Washington. They also give a lot of financial support to gun-rights politicians, and fund smear campaigns against their opponents. Here are some inconvenient facts that contradict all that hot air, from a well-documented article in the LA Times:

In 2012, there were 259 justifiable gun-related homicides, or incidents in which authorities ruled that killings occurred in self-defense.

In the same year, there were 1.2 million violent crimes, defined as murder, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault. Or, put another way, 1.2 million scenarios in which there was potential for someone to kill in self-defense.

Match those 259 justifiable homicides with the theft of about 232,000 guns each year, about 172,000 of them during burglaries. That’s a ratio of one justifiable homicide for every 896 guns put in the hands of criminals.

Those 259 justifiable homicides also pale compared with, in the same year, 8,342 criminal homicides using guns, 20,666 suicides with guns, and 548 fatal unintentional shootings.

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The War Crimes President


(NewYork Intelligencer) – Andrew Sullivan:

We now operate in a political system in which one deranged man can take an entire country to war in a fit of pique, the legislative branch has been sidelined, and none among the toadies in the president’s own party will stand up to him. We live in one in which regular constitutional processes — like an impeachment and congressional approval for a war — are treated by the strongman with contempt. We have two remedies: a War Powers Resolution to rein Trump in on Iran, and conviction in the Senate impeachment trial for rank abuse of power. And the president’s cult of a party may well deny us both. …

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Impeachment Reasons A-Z


(The Intercept) – Mehdi Hasan:

Donald Trump became the third president of the United States to be impeached.

I couldn’t help but be disappointed that there were only two articles of impeachment passed against the president. Two? That’s it? Why were other Trumpian offenses not included?…

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More Harm Than Good


(Patheos::Daylight Atheism) – James A. Haught:

Writing in the Harvard Divinity Bulletin (spring-summer 2019), Dr. Robert Orsi of Northwestern University delivers a blistering indictment titled “The Study of Religion on the Other Side of Disgust.”

He says that, “on balance, in the long perspective of human history, religions have done more harm than good.” …

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CIA Torture: The Report


(Independent Film) – Clarisse Loughrey:

The film chooses to value the truth of what Jones and his team achieved over bombastic displays of morality. …

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A Rape Allegation


(Atlantic Culture) – Megan Garber:

On the selective accountabilities of the Trump hearings …

Donald Trump, currently accused of bribery, has also been accused of rape. He has been accused of other forms of sexual misconduct as well, by more than 20 women, their allegations ranging from kissing to groping and grabbing, all against their will. If you include allegations of nonphysical forms of sexual harassment, the number of accusers grows even larger. …

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Prince Andrew Has Ruined The Crown


(Guardian TV) – Stuart Heritage:

The thought of having to wait a decade for the Netflix take on the most staggering spectacle of our time – Prince Andrew’s interview – is torture. …

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Trump Is Unfit for Office


(Atlantic Ideas) – George Conway:

Donald Trump’s narcissism makes it impossible for him to carry out the duties of the presidency in the way the Constitution requires.

Experts haven’t suggested that Trump is psychotic, but many have contended that his narcissism and sociopathy are so inordinate that he fits the bill for “malignant narcissism.” Malignant narcissism isn’t recognized as an official diagnosis; it’s a descriptive term coined by the psychoanalyst Erich Fromm, and expanded upon by another psychoanalyst, Otto Kernberg, to refer to an extreme mix of narcissism and sociopathy, with a degree of paranoia and sadism mixed in.

Mental-health professionals have raised a variety of other concerns about Trump’s mental state; the last worth specifically mentioning here is the possibility that, apart from any personality disorder, he may be suffering cognitive decline.

This is a lot to digest. It would take entire books to catalog all of Trump’s behavioral abnormalities and try to explain them – some of which have already been written. But when you line up what the Framers expected of a president with all that we know about Donald Trump, his unfitness becomes obvious. …

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Crooks, Quacks, Kooks, Creeps and Cruds in the Clergy


(Patheos::Daylight Atheism) – James A. Haught:

Old-time religion is having a heyday in America. Its champions seek to dictate behavior rules for all of us — to take away our freedom to make choices for ourselves. We must fight back. We should look at Jimmy Swaggart, Jim Bakker and the rest, and say the obvious:

These scumbags are not morally superior to us. In fact, they are inferior, and it is insulting for them to tell us how to live. We will not allow it. …

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Trump’s Actual Crimes


(The Intercept::Impeachment) – Ryan Grim:

A variety of felony criminal statutes plainly implicate Trump’s behavior, and come with lengthy prison sentences — the types of sentences doled out for high crimes, to say nothing of misdemeanors. Indeed, many of them are straightforward. Altogether, if the impeachment inquiry is limited simply to Trump’s pressure on Ukraine, the charges could amount to more than 10 years in prison. …

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