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The City council will yawn and go about their socialist ways. I noticed at the Rhino Times that public comments are being solicited regarding selection of a new Chief of Police: The community forums are: Monday, Sept. 23 at noon, at the Vance Chavis Branch Library, 900 S. Benbow Road Monday, Sept. 23 at 5:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 219 N. Church St. Tuesday, Sept. 24 at noon at the Glenwood Branch Library, 1901 W. Florida St. Monday, Sept. 30 at noon at the Hemphill Branch Library, 2301 W. Vandalia Rd. Tuesday, Oct. 1 at noon at the Benjamin Branch Library, 1530 Benjamin Pkwy. "The police chief will be hired by City Manager David Parrish, not the Greensboro City Council, but city council members will certainly have input whether they attend the community forums or not. Parrish said, 'We want to give our residents the opportunity to engage and offer input on what is most important to them in our search for a new police chief. Because everyone has a busy schedule, we are offering an online survey in addition to in-person community meetings. We’ll use the data we collect to help shape our search.' One of the issues being talked about is whether it is better to promote from within the Greensboro Police Department or go outside the department. There will be a national search, but that doesn’t mean that the new chief won’t be someone currently working for the Greensboro Police Department." My observation, er prediction, is that the process in the final analysis will be determined by the usual suspects and the outcome will give the PD (and the citizens) someone who won't rock the boat.
Cowardice: Poll finds 70% of Republican students lie about views to get good grades.
More often than not the GOP brings a knife to a gun fight. Tis' but a scratch says the Black Knight:
Dick Baron is a honest reporter but he dares not tell the King he is nekid
We all understand that government needs to raise money to fund it's responsibilities. But, over the years we have seen politician weaponize taxes to fund what/who they like and thwart what they oppose. Take money from one group and give it to another is not something that I think government should do. No wonder we have a divided nation!
As Yogi Berra once famously said " It's deja vu all over again " The Community Reinvestment Act ( as amended multiple times since 1977 ) required lax lending standards that spread to the rest of the mortgage market. That fueled the mortgage boom and bust. Read The "True Origins of the Financial Crisis" This misguided scheme here in our fair city is not the proper role of government
Yes it can be done. Davidson County sounds feasible. Like this
Scott shouldn't be messing in NC's political business any more than Burr or Tillis shoild be interfering in South Carolina's
TC: Ditto to everything you said about the GOP. The alternative is this and it is scary
And if you have the endorsement of Nelson Johnson , you have a lock
Red Flag Laws Are Stupid and Useless
TC: Excellent . You covered the water front. Dangerous rhetoric is spewing out from the liberal Democrats .. the party of tokerance .. HA ! Red flag laws are stupid and threaten us. Even Dershowitz says so: Trump should be very cautious if given a bill to sign on making national " Lunacy Warrant " laws. Red Flag Laws. A catchy phrase, sounds like it conveys wisdom but is largely of little merit. After every mass shooting, people demand greater vigilance of persons with mental health problems. This may be a good idea but the vigilantes here cannot be civil servants. Perhaps families could be educated through PSAs and the like to recognize certain behaviors associated with latent violence but, realistically, no school teacher, professor, or employer is going to risk personal tort liability by calling the cops on someone having a bad day. We could perhaps immunize such people like states currently immunize medical personnel who in good faith report child or elder abuse cases, or a pharmacist who refuses to fill a prescription for a controlled substances on the basis of what appears to be an invalid prescription. But this would require legislation and there might be some civil liberties’ groups opposed to expanding these immunities.
Good to see a happy ending. Nice guy and terrific golfer
Enablers. Needles plus syringes cost less than .50c each for the pair. God almighty WTF is wrong with our legislative critters.
TC: To underscore what you and Paul Mirengoff have said here is a post from Crime and Consequences blog" July 30, 2019 9:42 AM | Posted by Michael Rushford The False Mass Incarceration Narrative: Sentencing reformers have been pushing the mass incarceration narrative for more than 20 years, claiming that state and federal laws, prosecutors and police have been targeting black males who commit minor drug offenses for long prison sentences. Rafael A. Mangual of the City Journal lays out the data which disproves this claim in this article. For the umpteenth time, Mangual cites government and independent studies showing that; most inmates in prison are there for serious and violent crimes; most are repeat offenders; the small percentage that are drug offenders are dealers, most with priors who got a plea bargain; and that the racial disparity in convictions and sentences is tied to the racial disparity in crimes committed. In 2017, while black males made up roughly 7% of the population, they accounted for 45% of the nation's 15,129 homicides, at a rate 8 times higher than whites. Because most black murderers kill other blacks. the odds that a black person will be murdered is 6 times higher than for whites. "The claim that drug offenders are nonviolent and pose zero threat to the public if they're put back on the street is also undermined by a striking fact: more than three-quarters of released drug offenders are rearrested for a nondrug crime. It's worth noting that Baltimore police identified 118 homicide suspects in 2017, and 70 percent had been previously arrested on drug charges."
TC: Excellent analysis of this legislation. Why Hinson is beyond comprehension More on First step: FIRST STEP’S FIRST DECEPTION EXPOSED by JULY 27, 2019 BY PAUL MIRENGOFF "When the FIRST STEP act was making its way through Congress, its advocates claimed that only “non-violent” federal prisoners would be released from prison early. By non-violent felons they meant, in essence, drug dealers, as opposed to, say, murderers, rapists, and armed robbers. I don’t consider dealers of deadly drugs to be non-violent. Their conduct wrecks lives and sometimes ends them. But let’s accept, for purposes of discussion, the definition of “non-violent” advanced by FIRST STEP’s advocates. Contrary to what they promised, their law is letting violent offenders out of prison early. Tucker Carlson blew the whistle this week, aided by information provided to him from inside the White House, apparently. He reported that, of the 2,000 or so federal prisoners who have been released early thanks to FIRST STEP, roughly half had committed violent felonies under any fair reckoning. This includes around 500 inmates who were incarcerated on weapons or explosive charges; around 300 who committed rape or sexual assault; around 100 guilty of armed robbery; and several dozen guilty of aggravated assault or murder. FIRST STEP’s backers knew this would happen. It follows from the language of the bill. Under that language, the amount of credit for “good behavior” to all federal felons (not just non-violent ones) was increased retroactively. This always meant that felons — both violent and “non-violent” — would get out of jail earlier because they suddenly would have accrued additional credit for good time served. And it meant they wouldn’t have to do anything by way of “rehabilitation” that they hadn’t already done. They would not have to enroll in any of the programs that the jail break crowd fantasizes will transform them into law abiding citizens. Sen. Tom Cotton and a few others warned of this consequences. They were ignored. No legislative fix was made to prevent the early release of violent felons, and FIRST STEP’s supporters continued to assert their false claim. The White House fully backed FIRST STEP as written. Indeed, without Jared Kushner’s support, and ultimately President Trump’s, the law never would have passed. In a followup segment to his initial report, Carlson had a White House representative on his show to try, somehow, to reconcile the early release of hundreds of violent felons with the promise that this wouldn’t happen. The White House guy argued that the provision that allows the early release of violent felons wasn’t new law, it was a clarification of existing law. Rarely has Carlson’s patented quizzical look been more deserved. Call it “clarification” if you want. There is no dispute that these violent felons wouldn’t have been released when they were had the FIRST STEP Act not been passed by Congress and signed by Trump. Carlson’s point stands. Those among FIRST STEP’s backers who promised that only non-violent felons would be released early weren’t telling us the truth. This is not the only deception associated with the passage of FIRST STEP. Nor is it the feature of the Act that’s most potentially detrimental to the public. It is, however, emblematic of the supporters’ lack of regard for the truth, and for public safety."
TC: Yes, as what I think of as being a member of the majority within a conservative GOP , to be marginalized by the insiders is depressing .
TC: Biden has flip flopped on so many issues that it is difficult to know what he thinks we should be celebrating An aside: Mike Lee has been a disappointment on several other important issues.
Read " Death By Journalism "
In 1923, Germany's hyperinflation was so high, the exchange rate went from 9 marks to 4.2M marks to $1 USD. One German worker, who used a wheelbarrow to cart off billions of marks that were his week’s wages, was robbed by thieves who stole the wheelbarrow but left the piles of cash on the curb.
A lot can go wrong in a decade and change in a socialist administration that prints money like it’s no tomorrow. Just ask the Weimar Republic, where in 1923, a one million m,ark note could buy you a loaf of bread — until it couldn’t.