Politics

Busy Day

Much happened yesterday, and none of it very good. The election is getting closer, and the President is casting his net with outrageous bait for the little fishes.

Congress grills the new robber barons

Said barons did not look too worried. Opening statements by both sides guaranteed that no one would be watching the Q and A. The only sector in the economy that is doing well is Silicon Valley, and yes, they are monopolies in every sense of the word. Successful ones. Right now, success is a good thing. Don’t look for much to happen.

Rep. Louie Gohmert catches the clap

Just kidding, he caught the coronavirus. He blames it on his mask. That is a first. Louie is a star in the GOP firmament, shining brightly along with the likes of Matt Gaetz, Doug Collins, and Jim Jordan. Hard to believe they get reelected, eh?

Donny flies away

To Texas, without Louie Gohmert. Another rally-op-fund-raiser that did not include social distancing or masks. The oil and gas industry opened their wallets for this event, and considering the state of that sector, they surely had to dig deep. Not to worry, expect a healthy hike in gas prices in the near future.

Donny attacks NATO

Putin is sending arms to Afghanistan, and paying bounties for good kills, meaning our troops. Donny remarks in an interview that we sent arms to Afghanistan too! So there!

Donny attacks dark skin

“People have worked all their lives to get into a community, and now they’re going to watch it go to hell…” -Donny

When Joe Biden becomes President, Donald Trump predicts an assault on suburbs. There will be no police, and the inner city gangs will move to the suburbs. Low income housing will spring up, and barbecues in the back yard will be accented by drive-by shootings.

Donny won’t discuss bounties with Vladdy

He’s had many opportunities, but the subject of Russia paying bounties for our kid’s lives has never come up. It never reached his desk, and it could be fake news!

Donny gets a second opinion

Unwilling to admit that he was wrong, the President found a group of people who agree with him that hydroxychloroquine is effective against Covid-19. The group’s leader also believes that alien DNA is being used in vaccines to drive people away from religion. Are you sitting down? She also insists that infertility is the result of having sexual dreams with witches and demons.

On the other hand, Madonna likes her, so there’s that.

“The Truth will set us all Free! But some people don’t want to hear the truth. Especially the people in power who stand to make money from this long drawn out search for a vaccine Which has been proven and has been available for months. They would rather let fear control them and let the rich get richer and the poor and sick get sicker. This woman is my hero 🙏🏼 Thank you Stella Immanuel.” -Madonna

A material, a material, a material, a material world….

The Senate Police Reform Bill Does Nothing

Police in riot gear

The Fourth Amendment

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

In order to renew faith in law enforcement, Congress has taken on police reform legislation. Well, the House of Representatives did. The only interesting point of the Senate’s reform bill was the presentation. The Senators appeared in masks. The bill itself does nothing.

Chokeholds

Chokeholds will not be illegal. They will not be recommended. The bill aims to politely suggest there are other ways to restrain a person. The use of chokeholds is at the discretion of the officer. What does that mean? In an actual confrontation, who decides if the officer used excessive force by employing a chokehold? 

Police Immunity

Under the Senate plan, the police will retain qualified immunity. Qualified immunity is supposed to hold a public official accountable and also protect them from liability in the performance of their duties. The police cannot violate a statute. Qualified immunity is a wide, and deep, grey area. It is very hard to interpret. [1]

No Knock Warrants

The police can bust into your house without a warrant if a judge gives permission. Do the same police have immunity if they execute the warrant on the wrong address? [2]

Funding

More funds will be given to law enforcement. Will the money go to training or pay raises? Will police forces be given more surplus military equipment? Will any funds be devote to alternative programs? 

This Does Not Look Like Reform

This is not reform. This is a pat on the head. It will not ease the tension between the community, especially the black community, and the police. This bill sends a signal to the community that they really don’t care about citizens. It also sends a signal to law enforcement that nothing much will change. 

[1] https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/qualified_immunity

[2] https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/no-knock_warrant

Authorizing remote voting by proxy in the House of Representatives and providing for official remote committee proceedings during a public health emergency due to a novel coronavirus, and for other purposes (H Res 965) – Passage Passed – House

Authorizing remote voting by proxy in the House of Representatives and providing for official remote committee proceedings during a public health emergency due to a novel coronavirus, and for other purposes (H Res 965) – Passage Passed – House

Source: VoteSmart
Authorizing remote voting by proxy in the House of Representatives and providing for official remote committee proceedings during a public health emergency due to a novel coronavirus, and for other purposes (H Res 965) – Passage Passed – House