Donald Trump’s dishonorable treatment of Jeff Sessions

Jeff Sessions was a Donald Trump loyalist. He was the first U.S. Senator to endorse Trump in the 2016 primary, at a time when there was great political risk to doing that and when many thought Trump would not win the nomination. As Trump’s attorney general, Sessions did everything in his power to implement Trump’s policy agenda. In response, Trump undermined and badmouthed him constantly.

Trump is extremely bitter because Sessions recused himself from the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Sessions believed then and believes now that it was required by law to recuse himself due to his deep involvement in the Trump campaign. At best, it would be an unethical conflict of interest for Sessions to be investigating himself. Sessions is an honorable man who did an honorable thing.

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Nothing can justify those riots in Minneapolis

The police officer who killed George Floyd by kneeling on his neck while Floyd begged for his life acted in an abominable manner, and absolutely should be prosecuted. Police brutality is inexcusable, and Officer Derek Chauvin should face severe punishment if convicted by a jury. There is wide agreement on this among both Republicans and Democrats, conservatives, liberals and moderates.

Peaceful protest against this act of depravity is good. I have attended a Black Lives Matter rally, I spoke against the city’s purchase of a Bearcat armored vehicle, and I was the only city council candidate in 2015 to oppose the city’s failed effort to purchase a Mine Resistant, Ambush Protected (MRAP) military vehicle. Burning down buildings and looting stores is not “protest” – it is a violent act.

But the police officer’s crime does not justify or mitigate the violent actions of thugs and criminals, and it does not “glorify violence” for a public official to be openly speaking of actions to stop the rioting and bring calm to the city. Obviously Donald Trump was right to call for stronger intervention to end the riots.

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Shocking news about COVID-19

People would be surprised to know this about the novel coronavirus: People can have differing opinions about the costs of “stay at home” orders without actually having malice toward their neighbors, without being consumed by greed, and without being a “sheep” who wants government to micromanage every aspect of everyone’s life. You would not know this from your social media feed, but it is true.

For the pro-lockdown people: Those who oppose the lockdown or want to end it sooner than you think wise are not willing to sacrifice the elderly or those with risk factors to get a haircut or gain a little bit of money in their stock portfolios. They have a different opinion than you do on the dangers of the virus and the harm of locking gown the economy.

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The mob will never be satisfied, so stop encouraging it

Many people in the world are jerks, but being a jerk should not result in having your life ruined. Unfortunately, the “woke” mob on the Internet has no sense of proportion so anyone who sins must be punished far beyond the scope of the “sin” he or she committed.

Backstory: A woman walking with her dog in a park was confronted by a man for not having the dog on a leash. He summoned the dog to him, which freaked the woman out. She called the police and claimed he was threatening her life, which was obviously absurd.

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Donald Trump’s depraved behavior on Twitter

Donald Trump needs to realize that ranting on Twitter is a net political negative for him, especially when he is posting Looney Tunes nonsense about Joe Scarborough murdering an intern. It is embarrassing to see the President of these United States behave like this.

This is what drives me crazy about Trump. On policy, he has been solid. He has been tough on Russia, tough on China, pro-life, and a defender of the First Amendment. We got significant tax cuts and a restoration of due process for men accused of sexual crimes. Trump has been far better than I expected him to be on policy, and has earned my vote in the November general election based on that.

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We know how George Floyd died

Some conservatives are touting a report that George Floyd did not technically die of strangulation. Here’s the thing, though. There was no excuse for kneeling on his neck for several minutes while he was begging for his life. He was subdued. This was clearly excessive force, to the point that it is a criminal act, not a lawful use of force.

Even if Floyd’s death was technically caused by something else, the use of force triggered it. Does anyone really doubt that he would be alive today if not for someone kneeling on his neck for several minutes?

Some reassuring news for parents

Any time there is a viral or bacterial ourbreak, one of the most worried groups is parents. COVID-19 has been a nightmare for the world, but thankfully children have largely been spared. A couple quotes:

Children under 10 are less likely to get infected than adults and if they get infected, they are less likely to get seriously ill. What is interesting is that even if children do get infected, they are less likely to transmit the disease to others than adults. We have not found a single instance of a child infecting parents.

Source: sciencemuseumgroup.org.uk

When school closures were initially proposed to control an epidemic, planners had influenza in mind. Flu spreading within schools and children are the main source for transmission in the community. But COVID-19 is not the flu.

Far fewer children are affected by COVID-19, and the number of transmissions from children to children and children to adults is far less.

Source: health.gov.au

This is definitely reassuring news.

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The troll who has been spamming my comments section ignored my orders to stop commenting, so comments are closed again. It is really too bad that the troll is willing to stop everyone from commenting rather than follow a simple rule.

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Looking back at the “Bad Boy” Detroit Pistons

With ESPN airing the Michael Jordan documentary The Last Dance, there is more focus on the Detroit Pistons from the 1980’s and early 1990’s.They were called the “Bad Boys” for a good reason, and they did cross over from playing tough, physical basketball to playing dirty. But the Pistons do deserve more respect than they get, because they were a great team with some extremely talented players.

Isaiah Thomas was arguably the greatest “little man” to ever play in the league. He could score, set up teammates and defend. Playing an NBA Finals game on a bad ankle was legendary. Joe Dumars was also a great scorer, passer and defender. Bill Laimbeer was 25 years ahead of his time as a stretch big man who could hit three-point shots. Dennis Rodman was the greatest rebounder of all time, and could defend multiple positions – including centers who were 4 or 5 inches taller.

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