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Monday News: Dumpster Fire (aka, Trump Campaign) Moves to Cleveland; Krugman Rips Media “Both Sides” False Equivalency


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, July 18.

  • Video: Stephen Colbert hijacks mic at Republican convention


  • Quizzical

    Seems like the task of making appropriate public statements after a mass shooting is becoming a larger and larger part of the job description of President of the United States. How’s Trump’s audition for that role working out? Last I noticed, he was calling, no insisting on Law and Order. What does that mean exactly when it comes to gun violence? Do we need fewer guns or lots more guns?

    I know one thing. Notwithstanding the 300 million plus guns owned in the U.S., since gun ownership so far is limited to less than half the population, we Americans can buy another 150 million guns or so before there is market saturation.

    As is true of most things in life, don’t ever assume they can’t get worse. It can get much, much worse.

    Here’s an idea. I was recently reading an article in e New Yorker about planned obsolescence, and how that was intentionally undertaken by light bulb manufacturers in the 1930s. The idea was that if light bulbs lasted 10 or 20 years, the market would collapse once there was saturation. It was deemed better to have a thriving industry and market of very cheap but not long lasting light bulbs.

    Now switch that thinking over to the gun market. One of the many problems with guns is that compared to a human lifespan, they essentially last forever under normal, civilian use, as long as they are kept oiled and stored properly. So you can be perfectly sane when you buy your AR 15 or Gloch, but 15 years later you might be looney, or you might be dead and your guns are now owned by your looney nephew. Or they can get stolen, or whatever. So the fact that the person originally buying the gun may be a superbly trained and responsible Citizen is small comfort in the grand scheme of things. So, we have had involuntary planned obsolescence with light bulbs, and smart phones, and cars, and computer operating systems — why not have it with guns, where we really need it? For instance, assault rifles that break after shooting 500 rounds, and smart pistols that automatically “brick” themselves when the owner dies. You get the idea.

    The gun manufacturers would probably go for this, as they must be worried about market saturation.

  • Trump’s Virginia State Chair: Romney, Bush, other Republicans who don’t support Trump are “scoundrels,” “don’t let the door hit you in the ass”


  • Video: Famous “Confessions of a Republican” updated to 2016 and Donald Trump https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeYKFRV34kY

  • Video: Tim Kaine says he’s been “trying to get FERC to do the right thing” on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline


    LAURA CROSS: Senator Kaine, do you oppose the Atlantic Coast Pipeline?
    TIM KAINE: I’ve been – folks have been asking that, I’ve been trying to get FERC to do the right thing, they have to make the decision, it’s not for Congress, but I’ve been writing letters and meeting with them so that they’ll listen to folks.
    CROSS: Yeah, I really appreciate it, as a young person I really care about the issue, and so I’d appreciate it if you come out in opposition to the pipeline.
    KAINE: Yeah, yes.

  • From Virginia State Sen. Adam Ebbin and Del. Mark Sickles:



    ALEXANDRIA, VA. – Today, Senator Adam Ebbin (D-30) and Delegate Mark Sickles (D-43) introduced legislation in their respective bodies of the General Assembly to repeal Article I Section 15-A of the Constitution of Virginia and §§ 20-45.2 and 20-45.3 of the Code of Virginia. These sections, all of which have been deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court of the United States, limit the definition of marriage to “a union between one man and one woman” and restrict access to the legal privileges and obligations of marriage.

    “I know it has been hard for Virginia to clear her Code of unconstitutional provisions in the past, but this is a great time to start,” said Delegate Mark Sickles. “The Supreme Court has made it perfectly clear that marriage equality is the law of the land, and that individual freedom and privacy are guaranteed to all. Nobody’s First Amendment rights to speech, religious freedom or association are lessened when someone else shares the rights and responsibilities of marriage. Nobody’s marriage is threatened by anyone else’s marriage. By continuing to allow antiquated language to remain in our Constitution and Code, we tell the world that only certain folks are welcome here in the Commonwealth and many are not fully equal under the law. We can change.”

    “The Virginia Constitution and code need to reflect the reality that lesbian and gay couples are full and equal citizens of the Commonwealth,” said Senator Adam P. Ebbin. “It is unconscionable that the General Assembly has not yet fixed the code and begun the process to bring the Constitution into conformance with the law of the land. Our legislation is in keeping with the Jeffersonian ideal that ‘laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind.'”

  • Video: Hillary Clinton reads Baton Rouge officer Montrell Jackson’s Facebook post at NAACP Convention https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nHYMq308A4

  • Video: Hillary Clinton on Justice Dept. going after Trump’s company for refusing to rent apartments to African Americans