On Perceptions and Crime

Some thoughts.

Protesting at Officials’ Homes

Is harassing judges, mayors, Senators, and the like in their private lives just free speech?

Professional Politicians Poor Prognosticators

Mitch McConnell and other senior Republican Senators foolishly believed their colleagues would do the right thing.

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On Narratives and Covid Restrictions

Are we really being blocked from getting back to normal? And if so, what is the real barrier?

A Photo for Friday

“Yellow”

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Vigilante Politics

We’re likely to see more instances like the Capitol Riot and the Kyle Rittenhouse shootings.

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“A Walk in Portland”

A Photo for Friday

“Portland”

The Collegiate Gender Gap

Women are increasingly dominating American higher education.

Proud Boys, Antifa Clash in Portland While Police Stand Idly By

The weirdest goddamn story you’re likely to read today.

Nicholas Kristof Is Exploring a Run for Oregon Governor

The two-time Pulitzer winner is considering a career change.

Beverly Cleary, 1916-2021

The beloved author of children’s books had died days short of her 105th birthday.

How Trump’s Words are Heard

Trump is careless with his words and extremists respond.

It was Intimidation

More on a dangerous and disturbing incident in Texas

Trump Yahoos Swarm Biden Bus in Texas

Just when you thought the 2020 campaign couldn’t go any lower.

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All’s Fair, Even if It’s Unfair?

A defense of the indefensible.

Urban Unrest and Presidential Politics

The politics of protests.

The Consequences of Design

The convergence of design flaws in the constitution and a flawed leader have brought us to brink of an electoral crisis.

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The Full Axios Interview

The simplism is strong.

The Truth Is Paywalled But The Lies Are Free

It’s much easier to fund bad information than good.

Reporting on Portland

Framing matters.

Pentagon Training IDs Press as ‘Adversaries’

The reporting demonstrates the uncomfortable truth.

Richmond Police Claim White Supremacists Behind BLM Riots

The ‘outside agitators’ trope strikes again.

In Response to John Podhoretz’s Latest Column

Shame on him for defending authoritarian actions.

Cops Aren’t Soldiers

The similarities are obvious. The differences are more important.

A Simple Comparison

A thought experiment on what we have seen in Portland.

Police Shouldn’t Be Anonymous

Cops aren’t soldiers or spies but fellow citizens.

Portland Mayor Tear-Gassed

Federal agents deployed nonlethal force against peaceful demonstrators.

Cops Should Not Look Like Soldiers

Pentagon officials are speaking out about the militarization of police.

Non-Violent Protests

At what point does a demonstration become something else?

Federal Agents Using Strong-Arm Tactics in America’s Cities

Portland may be a preview of what’s to come.

Susan Collins Announces Reelection Bid

After months of silence, Maine Senator Susan Collins has announced that she is running for a fifth term in office.

NBA Free Agency is the Best Free Agency

Every offseason re-aligns the sport in fascinating ways.

Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Dies At 65

One of the people most responsible for the personal computer revolution has passed away at the far-too-young age of 65.

Confirmation Hearing For Brett Kavanaugh To Begin September 4th

Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination appears to be on track for confirmation before the new Supreme Court term begins in October.

Federal Judge Rules In Favor Of Transgender Students In Restroom Access Case

A Federal Judge in Oregon has rejected an efforts by a parent’s group to block a school district policy that allows transgender students to use the restroom facilities that conform to their gender identity.

Yes, The Border Patrol Can Probably Stop You and Ask for Papers

The 100-mile Constitution-free zone strikes again.

News Anchors At Sinclair Owned Stations Caught Reading From Same Corporate Mandated Script

News anchors at dozens of local stations owned by conservative-leaning Sinclair Broadcast Group were recently required to read a script mandated by corporate headquarters, and it’s leading to some bad media coverage for Sinclair.

Train Crashes and Recency Bias

Two Amtrak crashes in less than a week is newsworthy. It is not, however, a trend.

Trump Aides Nix Idea Of Going To Charlottesville

“Why the hell would we do that?” — White House official.

Trump Victory Spawns National Freak-Out

Americans are rioting in the streets because they don’t like the outcome of a democratic election.

Bernie Sanders Sweeps Western Caucuses, But Hillary Controls The Race For Delgates

Bernie Sanders swept the Western Caucuses on Saturday, but Hillary Clinton remains in control in the delegate count.

If Only A Contested Convention Can Stop Trump, It’s A Plan That’s Unlikely To Succeed

It seems increasingly apparent that the only way to stop Donald Trump now is by trying to force a contested convention. It also seems clear that such a plan probably wouldn’t succeed.

Trump, Cruz, and Rubio Continue to Exchange Attacks In Eleventh Republican Debate

With time running out, the top three candidates for the Republican nomination picked up right where they left off last week.

Postal Service Bars Newspapers That Advertise Marijuana From The Mail, Even Where It’s Legal

The Post Office is saying that it will not accept for mail any publication that includes ad for marijuana, even in states where it has been legalized.

Ten Dead, Multiple People Injured, In Shooting On Oregon College Campus

Up to 13 people are dead and as many 20 injured after another mass shooting on a college campus.

California Legislature Passes Bill Legalizing Physician Assisted Suicide

California’s legislature has approved a bill that would legalize physician assisted suicide in the nation’s largest state.

Oregon Judge Refusing To Perform Same-Sex Marriage Ceremonies

A trial court Judge in Oregon is the latest public official to refuse to do his job.

Indiana’s “Limited Government” Governor To Start State-Run News Agency

Indiana Governor Mike Pence is supposed to be a champion of limited government. So why is he starting up a state run news agency?