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Friday News: Police Shot and Killed in Dallas During Protest Over Fatal Police Shootings — When Will This Madness End???

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, June 8.

  • And the predictably demented response to the Dallas shootings by EW Jackson (who tweeted not a word about Philando Castile or Alton Sterling)

    https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7323/27888525680_9a5c98b247_o.jpg

  • From 2015 Democratic House of Delegates nominee Don Shaw re: Controversy on the Prince William County School Board Over Replacing Soon-to-Be-Deployed Member Gets Heated

    Despicable Behavior

    On June 23, 2016, after much deliberation and introspection, I agreed to submit my name for consideration should a vacancy occur as a result of the deployment of Mr. Trenum. I have been less than impressed with what has happened in the past two weeks.

    Never mind the fact that the “memo” published on a conservative blog was a complete fabrication. I know it is fake as does the person who created it. One sentence in particular gives away the whole scheme; the author completely overplayed his hand. While disturbing, there is so much more to this “scenario”.

    You see, when I submitted my letter of interest and resume, I sent it to two people: the Chairman of the School Board and the Clerk of the School Board. As would be expected, the information was shared with the other members of the board during the course of normal business. But there’s more! Someone who had received my letter and resume took it upon him- or herself to share these two documents with a conservative blogger. In addition to containing my personal information, these two documents contained, as would be expected, further details about my affiliations and employment history and in any normal organization would be handled with discretion. No official action was yet being considered, but this individual decided that it was his (or her) right to share my personal information with an individual who has a record of being hostile to Democrats in general, and me in particular.

    Why? Because sharing these two documents unredacted on the conservative blog was blatant attempt to open me and my family up to harassment. Mr. Deutsch, the Coles Member of the School Board went further and posted a link to the blog (with my personal information available for all to see) on both his personal and school board member Facebook pages scattered with vitriol directed toward “the democrats”.

    I have no issue with sharing the fact that I had submitted my name for consideration, but sharing my personal information with individuals who clearly had no official reason for access is beyond the pale. I was never asked if it was ok to share my resume and letter of interest outside the board with no current vacancy and I was certainly not asked if they could be posted on the blog. I am not currently a candidate for any public office and am, therefore, a private citizen. A private citizen who agreed to step forward to serve his community when asked. I ask what if YOU were in my situation Mr. or Ms. Private Citizen? How would you react? Would you feel violated? You should.

    The distractions of the past two weeks have impeded good governance and I don’t want to be a distraction. That was never my purpose. I am formally requesting that I not be considered for any vacancy that might result from Mr. Trenum’s deployment. The toll that this is taking on me and my family is not worth the venom that is being directed toward us. As many know, I have a special needs daughter and care providers come and go throughout the day at our residence. I also have two other children who live at home, one who has already been the target of hate speech. I will not expose them to any further incidents in which someone may have read my information on a blog post designed to incite anger and then decided he (or she) would stop by and “set things straight.”

    Regarding the “leak” of my personal information, I have spoken to an attorney and I am considering my options. I know that the blogger in question and his (or her) associates will read this post, as they read my previous post. I am a private citizen and I am asking that the blogger take down my letter of intent and resume as well as any other postings of my contact information to allow my family to live in peace.
    Finally, I have decided that I do not want to be part of a board on which I cannot trust that discussions held in closed session would remain in closed session. The lack of discretion and professionalism exhibited over the past two weeks appalls me. Good luck to whomever is willing to brave the gauntlet of blogs, Facebook groups, and school board members who stand in your way. I am sure you will do your level best to serve ALL the residents of the Brentsville District, of which I am one.

    It will become increasingly difficult for good men and women in the community to step up and serve if the level of discourse is not raised. Doing what is right is far more important than being right, and the right thing never involves hiding behind an anonymous blog. Our approaches may differ, but our purpose – the betterment of our community – should not be in question. We need unity of purpose and dialogue among parties and school board members. Which of you is willing to take the first step?

  • Video: President Obama on “vicious, calculated and despicable attack on law enforcement” in Dallas…”we are horrified over these events…stand united…with the police department in Dallas…there’s no possible justification…for any violence against law enforcement”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSljJcebtqc

  • And more insanity from Trump’s Virginia state chair and xenophobe-in-chief Corey Stewart:

    “Liberal politicians who label police as racists–specifically Hillary Clinton and Virginia Lt. Governor Ralph Northam–are to blame for essentially encouraging the murder of these police officers tonight.”

    “This crook [referring to Hillary Clinton] should be arrested when she arrives in Prince William County.”

  • Quizzical

    At this point, with so little fact known, commenting on the Dallas shooting only serves to measure one’s confirmation bias.

    • In Corey Stewart’s view, it’s the fault of “liberal politicians who label police as racists.”

      In EW Jackson’s view, Black Lives Matter is an evil, even “satanic” organization, and are the root of much (although not all – liberals and Barack Obama get a lot of the blame, in his crazy worldview) for police officers being murdered. Sick, sick, sick.

      • True Blue

        I cringed when I saw this racist headline: “Black Lives Kill”
        http://crooksandliars.com/2016/07/matt-drudge-and-former-rep-joe-walsh-lose
        Sorry, but it could be as easily changed to a grossly graphic “Black Lives Splatter”

      • Quizzical

        I wonder at the mental gymnastics by which some reason out that President Obama and liberals in general are the cause of racial violence precisely because they have been outspoken against it.

        I’m still not sure whether the Dallas killings were the work of one deranged man or the work of a domestic terrorist group, or something else.

        But I think it is safe to say that the combination of body armor, assault rifle with large magazines, and lots of ammunition, should be a lot harder to acquire.

        • Bingo, you get the benefit of the doubt until it is apparent one can come to no other conclusion than a pending series of unfortunate events.

  • From the Clinton campaign:

    July 8 Scranton, Pennsylvania Event Postponed

    Due to the tragic events in Dallas, the July 8 Hillary for America campaign event with Vice President Biden will be postponed.

    Details on rescheduling the event will be provided as soon as possible.

  • THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — JUNE 2016

    Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 287,000 in June, and the unemployment rate rose to 4.9 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Job growth occurred in leisure and hospitality, health care and social assistance, and financial activities. Employment also increased in information, mostly reflecting the return of workers from a strike.

    Household Survey Data

    The unemployment rate increased by 0.2 percentage point to 4.9 percent in June, and the number of unemployed persons increased by 347,000 to 7.8 million. These increases largely offset declines in May and brought both measures back in line with levels that had prevailed from August 2015 to April. (See table A-1.)

    Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult women (4.5 percent) and Whites (4.4 percent) rose in June. The rates for adult men (4.5 percent),
    teenagers (16.0 percent), Blacks (8.6 percent), Asians (3.5 percent), and Hispanics
    (5.8 percent) showed little or no change. (See tables A-1, A-2, and A-3.)

    The number of persons unemployed less than 5 weeks increased by 211,000 in June, following a decrease in the prior month. At 2.0 million, the number of long-term
    unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) changed little in June and accounted for 25.8 percent of the unemployed. (See table A-12.)

    In June, the number of job losers and persons who completed temporary jobs rose by
    203,000 to 3.8 million, after a decline in May. (See table A-11.)

    Both the labor force participation rate, at 62.7 percent, and the employment-population ratio, at 59.6 percent, changed little in June. (See table A-1.)

    The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (sometimes referred to as involuntary part-time workers) decreased by 587,000 to 5.8 million in June, offsetting an increase in May. These individuals, who would have preferred full-time employment, were working part time because their hours had been cut back or because they were unable to find a full-time job. (See table A-8.)

    In June, 1.8 million persons were marginally attached to the labor force, about
    unchanged from a year earlier. (The data are not seasonally adjusted.) These
    individuals were not in the labor force, wanted and were available for work, and had
    looked for a job sometime in the prior 12 months. They were not counted as unemployed because they had not searched for work in the 4 weeks preceding the survey. (See table A-16.)

    Among the marginally attached, there were 502,000 discouraged workers in June, down by 151,000 from a year earlier. (The data are not seasonally adjusted.) Discouraged workers are persons not currently looking for work because they believe no jobs are available for them. The remaining 1.3 million persons marginally attached to the labor force in June had not searched for work for reasons such as school attendance or family responsibilities. (See table A-16.)

    Establishment Survey Data

    Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 287,000 in June, after changing little
    in May (+11,000). In June, job growth occurred in leisure and hospitality, health
    care and social assistance, and financial activities. Employment also rose in
    information, largely reflecting the return of workers from a strike. (See table B-1.)

    Leisure and hospitality added 59,000 jobs in June, following little employment change
    in the prior month. In June, employment increased in performing arts and spectator
    sports (+14,000), after edging down in May. Employment in food services and drinking
    places changed little over the month (+22,000). Job gains in leisure and hospitality
    have averaged 27,000 per month thus far this year, down from an average of 37,000 in 2015, reflecting slower job growth in food services and drinking places.

    Health care and social assistance added 58,000 jobs in June. Health care employment increased by 39,000 over the month. Job gains occurred in ambulatory health care services (+19,000) and hospitals (+15,000), about in line with average monthly gains over the prior 12 months in each industry. Within social assistance, child day care services added 15,000 jobs in June.

    Employment in financial activities rose by 16,000 in June and has risen by 163,000
    over the year.

    Employment in information increased by 44,000 in June. Employment rose in telecommunications (+28,000), largely reflecting the return of workers from a strike. Employment increased in motion picture and sound recording industries (+11,000), after a decrease of similar magnitude in May.

    Employment in professional and business services continued to trend up in June (+38,000). Thus far this year, the industry has added an average of 30,000 jobs per month, compared with an average monthly gain of 52,000 in 2015.

    Employment in retail trade edged up by 30,000 in June, after changing little over
    the prior 2 months. In June, job gains occurred in general merchandise stores (+9,000) and in health and personal care stores (+5,000). Retail trade has added 313,000 jobs over the year.

    Employment in mining continued to trend down in June (-6,000). Since reaching a peak in September 2014, mining has lost 211,000 jobs.

    Employment in other major industries, including construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, and government, showed little or no change in June.

    In June, the average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls was 34.4 hours for the fifth consecutive month. The manufacturing workweek (40.7 hours) and manufacturing overtime (3.3 hours) were also unchanged over the month. The average workweek for production and nonsupervisory employees on private nonfarm payrolls was unchanged at 33.6 hours. (See tables B-2 and B-7.)

    In June, average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls edged
    up (+2 cents) to $25.61, following a 6-cent increase in May. Over the year, average
    hourly earnings have risen by 2.6 percent. Average hourly earnings of private-sector
    production and nonsupervisory employees increased by 4 cents to $21.51 in June. (See tables B-3 and B-8.)

    The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for April was revised from +123,000
    to +144,000, and the change for May was revised from +38,000 to +11,000. With these revisions, employment gains in April and May combined were 6,000 less, on net, than previously reported. Over the past 3 months, job gains have averaged 147,000 per month.

  • Del. Marcus Simon:

    There is no justification or excuse from the barbaric and horrific acts of violence against the police that we’ve seen in Dallas.

    Mornings like this can feel overwhelming and fill us with a sense of despair. Our nation’s problems seem to great to overcome.

    At times like this I think there is some value at looking at what we can do, instead of fretting over what we can’t. That’s what has always attracted me to state and local government. I may not be able to solve a the problems of injustice everywhere, but I can make my neighborhood, my county, my Commonwealth, a safer and a more just place.

    I’ve been thinking a lot about our work on the Fairfax County Ad Hoc Police Practices commission the last 24 hours. I think it’s important to understand that seeking greater oversight and more accountability are Pro- police positions. They build trust, and confidence which in turn makes policing our communities easier and safer for officers and residents alike.

    We all need to do what we can, whatever we can, to participate in efforts in our communities to make them safer, more just, and more pleasant places to live.

    What one thing can you do today to repair the world?

    What are you waiting for?
    Go do it.

    • Sherry Dana

      Thanks Lowell for that last line – I am going to present this to my women’s issues group here in NoVa tomorrow & include it on our pending website!

      Perhaps too it should be a mandatory project in secondary education?

      • You go, Sherry! Whoot!

      • Not sure what you mean, “thanks Lowell for that last line.” Which “last line?” Also, the comment you’re responding to is quoting Del. Marcus Simon. What are you referring to exactly?

    • This needs to be shared. Taking the focus away from the victimization and towards the solution. The victimization is where it all started. The problems spark up from the issues that perpetually gravitate around it.
      I’m fairly certain these should be considerations in each individual’s quest for liberty.

    • True Blue

      I’m going to write to Rep. Comstock with a request that she and other House members spend the next $7 million (plus) on hearings which would actually help the thousands upon thousands of Americans who are affected by gun violence and profiling in order to promote safer places; for community outreach and useful legislation instead of witch hunts.

  • KAINE STATEMENT ON DALLAS SHOOTINGS

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today:

    “The shootings in Dallas last night were a brazen and calculated attack on brave police officers doing their jobs to protect their fellow citizens. I join Americans across the country in condemning this horrific act of senseless violence, mourning the loss of five law enforcement heroes and praying for the recovery of those wounded.”

  • The Washington (Com)Post plagiarizes yet ANOTHER Blue Virginia story (no link, no credit given). For the record, I broke this story over four hours ago. Anyway, since the (Com)Post continues to plagiarize Blue Virginia, I may very well just start taking whatever I want from them as well, without linking or crediting as I’ve always done. On second thought, no, I would never stoop to their low level, lack of journalistic ethics, etc.

  • Video: Attorney General Loretta Lynch comments on Dallas shooting

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxkeQVEhxl4

  • Video: For once, I strongly agree with Paul Ryan. The only caveat is that if we want to see “less gun violence,” which of course we all do, then we need Ryan’s Republicans to step up to the plate and stop blocking any/all legislation that would do just that!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evVNJlB9Ghw

  • Governor McAuliffe Statement on Recent Violent Tragedies

    RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today released the following statement in the wake of tragic and violent events in several U.S. cities this week:

    “Dorothy and I are heartbroken by the hateful act of violence last night in Dallas that resulted in the deaths and injuries of brave men and women who were protecting others as they exercised their right to protest peacefully in a free society. We continue to pray for the families and communities in Louisiana and Minnesota who are mourning today in the wake of recent tragedies. This is not a time for divisive and incendiary rhetoric — it is a time for thoughtful and courageous action to reduce violence, build trust and respect between law enforcement and the communities they serve, and make these events as rare as they are tragic.”