An uncomfortable truth about George Floyd’s life and death

Millions of people were horrified to see George Floyd pinned under Derek Chauvin’s knee for nine minutes. Excessive force by police is not something that should ever happen. But is police brutality the only lesson we need to learn here? Is there something else we should learn?

Floyd was headed to a bad end because of the life he was leading. Had Chauvin not been at the scene and another officer taken Floyd into custody properly, Floyd might still not be alive today. Fentanyl in his system did contribute to his death. Given how unpredictable fentanyl can be and how low levels of the drug can be toxic, Floyd may well have died within the last year had he survived the events of May 25, 2020.

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“All Options” should not get corporate welfare

On All Options Pregnancy Resource Center’s Facebook Page, they posted a picture with the text “Let’s fund some abortions!” They celebrate with glee as they pay to have babies killed.

It is one thing to believe that women need access to abortion and that financial help should be provided to women in need. But the focus of that image was not on helping women, but funding abortion itself. This indicates not an enthusiasm for charity, but a disturbing bloodlust. It was a shocking image, but what is more disturbing is that they back up their words with blood money.

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The cult mentality surrounding masks, revisited

Please do not act like this, because this is what a cult looks like.

News story here from Summit News.

For the nonillionth time, I am pro-mask. I was wearing a mask indoors in public before it was mandatory. I am not for treating a mask like religious iconography.

But do we really need to remind people to not harass people who have a legitimate medical exemption from mask mandates? How about this: Do not harass anyone.

But this will continue, because mask fanaticism is a cult. The Cult of Masks cannot abide people not following the Holy Commandments of their religion.

When lethal force is the only viable option

As I have said before, there are many examples of excessive force by police. Elizabeth Daly, Kathryn Johnston, Bounkham Phonesavanh, Isaac Singletary, Aiyana Stanley-Jones and Cheye Calvo are examples of that. Addie and Bob Harte were subjected to a SWAT raid because police mistook loose-leaf tea for marijuana. The Phonesavanh and Stanley-Jones cases were especially horrifying.

We should stand against police brutality, and we should oppose the militarization of police. I was the only candidate for Bloomington City Council in 2015 to oppose the Bloomington Police Department’s attempt to acquire a mine resistant, ambush protected (MRAP) military vehicle.

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Vaccine side effects

I had my second dose of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine last week and the side effects were terrible. I was sick most of the night Tuesday night and all day on Wednesday with a high fever, body aches, severe fatigue and nausea.

I still recommend getting a COVID-19 vaccine, if only to prevent passing the disease on to a vulnerable person. Everyone reacts differently to it and many have mild side effects – just soreness at the injection site. I just had a more severe reaction to the second shot.

Contradictions and non-contradictions

I have said in the past that “you cannot have it both ways” regarding a particular controversy. But there are also many times where, as Ben Shapiro is fond of saying, “two things can be true at once.” So is it an example of “hypocrisy” to use the first phrase in some cases and the second phrase in others?

No.

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