This should concern everyone- especially much of his base- the self appointed protectors of the constitution.
Anyway- a week or so ago Trump declared he would drastically change fredom of the press laws. Making it far easier to sue for “falsehoods”. And of course, that he himself would sue, sue, sue.
As it stands now, the plaintiff must show that publishers knowingly and with mailce published falsehoods. Essentially he wants to flip this around- so the publisher must prove their statements are completely true. (Now- ponder this: would the likes of Breitbart, the Blaze, the Drudge Report, or Fox News still be in existence if such a law existed during Obama’s terms ? Or Clintons? )
And, after his latest issues at his rallies- he has called for police to arrest protesters at his rallies. People exercising a fundemental constiutional right. And he did so with malice- explicitly wanting these people to have “criminal” records that would interfere with the rest of their lives. (although I gues he IS a little unclear on the difference between misdemeanor and felony, and the large number of people- including Bernie Sanders, who have been arrested for political dissent and gone on to sucessful lives).
Regardless- we are seeing a man who wants to warp the world to fit HIS arrogant…and let’s face it- extremely insecure, world. Realities. And Constiution be damned.
The only thing worrying me more in this world right now more then Donald Trump… is Ted Cruz. And that’s because- for all those truly big issues I need to be worrying about… in our country and in our world… either one of them will make them so much worse.
An interesting study published in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet today seems to indicate implementation of just 3 laws could drastically reduce gun deaths in the US. (note: there have been some questions raised about the statistical modeling used. Possibly the numbers would not be quite as drastic- but still hugely significant).
- Background checks on ALL firearm sales (57% reduction)
- Background check for ALL ammunition sales (81% reduction)
- Firearm identification (84% reduction )
This all adds up to an overall 90% reduction in gun deaths in the US if implemented. (caveat being it would take some years- as there were stould be many untraceable blackmarket guns and ammunition out there for years to come).
They also mention that putting an end to “stand your ground” laws could further greatly reduce deaths.
These are all very sensible laws. Ones which generally have a high rate of support- even among gun owners. No one – except the paranoids who shouldn’t have guns in the first place…who think ANY kind of background check or registration is just the next step towards seizing guns should have any issue with any of these proposals.
Indeed- I would argue that, especially if the background checks are expanded to where they are in many developed nations ( ie: not just looking for a felony record or mental health comittment…if they were expanded to a mental health screening, interviews with family/friends/co-workers, and if the local police/sheriff had to sign off … we would go a long way towards expanding gun rights for millions of americans. While sucessfully removing guns from those who have no business owning them.
As you may know, a man jumped a barricade near the stage at a Trump rally today, and was quickly apprehended by Secret Service.
I had just returned home shortly after this happened, and saw some of the first blips on it as I was checking the news online. There weren’t many details yet, so I googled it.
Not surprisingly, sadly, the main results where from the far (and I mean far) right wing propaganda machine. The handful of extremist sites (weazelzippers, conservativetreehouse, et al) who help create the far right wing hysteria. Who put unsubstantiated hate and fear filled ideas out there, that then often get picked up by the just generally nuts right wing sites. Then get picked up by the more “respectable” far right sites. Often then eventually becoming talking points of Fox, Limbaugh, etc.
Anyway- the far, far right loonies were reporting that the man was ISIS affiliated, or a sympathizer, was maybe armed with a knife, etc, etc…
But here’s the thing that was most interesting to me. In the first hour or so after this, in the top 5 or so results reporting this, was dailystormer. A neo-nazi / aryan nation / skinhead site. I can’t say I have EVER seen the neo-nazis rank so high on any search result related to a current event. Pretty clear the neo-nazis are rabidly following trump and proudly trumpeting everything from his hate machine. This should have you deeply concerned.
So, I had to rent a car recently. And, as always, they hand me the keys. 2 of them. And two of the car door opener fobs. Blus their big plastic tag. All on a ring that can not be opened.
Now, never mind the annoyance factor of having this big wad of plastic and metal to, somehow, fit in a bocket when I’m not driving the car.
The thing that really irks me is… why on earth put both keys and car door unlockers on a ring that can not be opened? That you can not seperate the two sets?
What is the point of forcing me to lose, or lock in the car, BOTH sets of keys?
Does it not make far more sense to give me the keys on seperate rings? Or even give me the option of them maintaining one of the sets?
I can not fathom ANY logic in their action. IT makes no sense. And yet, somehow, at the highest levels of these corporations, it has been decided that this is right way to do things?!