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Thoughts on Events the Week of November 9

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on November 19, 2020

Two key election results: First, of course, Biden sent Trump packing with a landslide victory. How do I know it was a landslide? Because it was the same exact electoral college margin as the last election, which Trump himself called a landslide. In this particular case, he was right.

But more important in the long run is that, despite the hysterics promulgated by Trump, his minions, sycophants and journalists, and that the Postmaster General trying to sabotage the office he manages, the election went off just as elections should.

Many people adjusted their voting behavior due to the virus. More people voted early, by mail in, drop off or in person. Poll workers showed up and bravely did their duties. Ballots were carefully counted. There was no fraud, of course, and voter suppression was minimal and unsuccessful. People paid no attention to Russia or China or Iran and voted based on what they saw and heard from the candidates.

No knuckle dragging mouth breathers shot up polling places with K-47s. We should all, well, most of us, be proud and relieved.

Kipling: If you can keep your head while others around you are losing theirs…. you are the president-elect. Biden gave a presser this week and was inundated with questions from worried journalists about Trump’s refusal to concede the election. Biden was the calmest person in the room. “Patience,” he counseled. We need this in a president.

A modest, simple, but brilliant proposal: I’m sick and tired of bad apple police persons using our black citizens for target practice. Channeling President Trump, the punishment cannot be worse than the crime, and it is worse if, for example, police pull a person over for a traffic violation and then shoot him. This is nuts.

 If I were chief of police, this would be my rule: Police officers may not shoot any person suspected of any crime except a capital crime, above the waist unless he or she is brandishing a weapon. And by weapon, I mean firearm. Knives and clubs are not that big a threat.

If a suspect is acting in a threatening manner, or trying to run away, shoot them in the leg or let them run away. We are not going to shoot people over non-capital offenses under any circumstances.

Body cameras must be on at all times during all stops. If your body camera is off when a shot is fired, you will have no limited immunity whatsoever.

There, that ought to do it.

Worst state: Every state, even the five worst state candidates, behaved better than the federal government this week, so no award. And, I’m reserving judgement on adding another state of the list of worst candidates until January 20 so I can observe how states behave between Trump’s defeat and when he is tossed out on the curb.

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