Newsweek: “AOC Calls Out Wall Street CEOs Trying to Unseat Her In Upcoming Primary”
Ya know, if you only read the headline and are an Ocasio-Cortez supporter, you’re likely outraged. …but as has seemingly been the case this weekend, the headline doesn’t tell the whole story.
When you read the rest of it, you learn that:
- There are in fact Wall Street CEOs that are donating money to unseat her
- Her competition for the seat is Caruso-Cabrera
- Caruso-Cabrera was a Republican until 5 years ago and sees herself as a “centralist”
- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez asks why Americans will fund Space Force, but won’t back health care for all
Let’s look at those bullet points, neh?
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CNN: “On “anti-science bias” in America: Fauci said “anti-science bias” in the [US] can be problematic.
“One of the problems we face in the United States is that unfortunately, there is a combination of an anti-science bias that people are — for reasons that sometimes are, you know, inconceivable and not understandable — they just don’t believe science and they don’t believe authority,” Fauci said. […] “It’s amazing sometimes the denial there is. It’s the same thing that gets people who are anti-vaxxers, who don’t want people to get vaccinated, even though the data clearly indicate the safety of vaccines,” Fauci added. “That’s really a problem.””
This includes people that tell you the earth is flat: the proof is because they *believe* it is flat, so it *must* be flat. Or people that *believe* that if someone took the time to write it down, it *must* be true.
Also reminds me of the last 40 years of high school, where the kids that perform well academically are picked on or put down for being smart, while the kids that cut class or blow off academics altogether are cool or interesting. Not that this was absolute – some people are assholes no matter how much they study – but it was certainly a trend in movies, TV, and real life that the cool kids did not get good grades while the “nerds” always did.
I wrote a lengthy draft yesterday about why defunding the police was a bad idea, built around three basic themes:
- The current mood of the nation is such that we should be blaming every cop for the actions of a minority of officers that have broken the trust the public has given the force, which is remarkable and/or ironic in some measure.
- Problems with police departments may spark from the actions of an individual cop but ultimately, the fix for these types of problems by fixing the leadership of a police departments, the people that either can’t or won’t enforce the rules (and moral guidance) of the force. Professionals do not always act professionally – regardless of industry – but if they are held accountable and take responsibility for their mistakes, it is a system that can work.
- If our cities cut funding to the police department, and thereby putting cops’ lives more at risk, why on earth should they keep coming to work?
Then I saw Minneapolis wants to disband their police force and I scrapped the entire post because, it seemed that a city is actually opting for my worst case scenario. On purpose. Because… yeah…
For clarity, yes, I support the police. Yes, I live in a blue state – how dare I break party lines?! – but I’m a registered independent so I tend to evaluate the person, not the party as anyone that has read my blog over the last couple of decades can attest to. While I do tend to back the liberal agenda when it comes to social and religious freedoms and I am not a fan of the majority of Danger Yam’s decisions and actions, I also grew up in Reagan’s America which means I tend to be conservative when it comes to business, money, and law enforcement. I know: color me purple or something.
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MSNBC: A 68-year-old man who almost accompanied Cory Lidle on his fatal flight in New York City last month died in a plane crash in California on Tuesday.
Reuters: The family of a girl paralyzed in a car crash caused by a drunken football fan won $105 million in damages from the concessionaire that sold him beer, and the girl’s father said on Thursday the case should have far-reaching effects.
Not to take away from what the family has gone through because I can’t imagine it, but… well… what the fuck, right? I mean, does this make any amount of sense to anyone, anywhere?! I’m sorry, but the driver drank the beer. He actively got the beer. He willingly got behind the wheel of the car. He’s the one that drove. He’s the only one that should be at fault here…
What’s next? Suing the grain used to make beer because it has alcoholic effects if it’s fermented?