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Law Enforcement Archives

Corey Johnson

Backing down

New York City is backing down on freedom of speech and freedom of choice restrictions. Guess who you have to thank for that?

What’s the biggest problem with newspapers today? Their product is the news we read, and what job have they cut (or outsourced) that devalues it?

California made theft more attractive. Guess what they got?

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Fearing Supreme Court, gay NYC councilman moves to repeal conversion therapy ban

Episode 150: The Main Reason Why I’m Voting for Trump [Consider This]

Corey Johnson (politician) [Wikipedia]

Elimination of copy editors has been disastrous for newspapers

California Shocked To Find Bill Decriminalizing Retail Theft Resulted In… More Retail Theft

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Has someone taken Pat’s place?

Pat Robertson has suggested that some natural disasters are God’s wrath for various sins. Well, with the arrival of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, he’s making those pronouncements again.

Or is he? Listen and see if you recognize who it is.

James Comey exonerated Hillary Clinton of any prosecution over her private email server.  But was the fix in months before the press conference when he officially announced that? Yup.

To donate to hurricanes Harvey and Irma relief, click here to find out how to donate to the Salvation Army disaster services, or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

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Jennifer Lawrence: ‘Mother Nature’s Rage’ Directed at U.S. Because of Trump

Comey Decided He Wasn’t Going to Refer Hillary For Prosecution Long Before FBI Investigation Was Over

It Wasn’t Comey’s Decision to Exonerate Hillary – It Was Obama’s

Episode 147: The Law Is Dead. Long Live The King.

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Episode 175: Enforce The Laws We Have

To enforce or not to enforce; that is the question.

Enforcing the laws we have may just be 90% of what we need to do to stop law-breaking. I have 2 examples to demonstrate that; a personal one from about 20 years ago, and an example from the government from last month.

Maybe we don’t actually have to build a wall. Maybe the wall just needs to be one of enforcement.

Let me know if you have other examples.

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Rio Grande Valley is unusually quiet as Southwest border crossings drop to lowest point in at least 17 years

Three Cheers for Sanctuary Cities

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Can you refuse to provide services?

This episode isn’t so much about entrepreneurs as it is about how the government or double-standards can take freedoms away from people; freedoms that you might think aren’t in jeopardy.

The first example is about whether a business owner can refuse business based on the owner’s deeply-held beliefs. There are two different sets of ideas on this, but many times their held by the same people.

The second example asks; can you make a product in your kitchen that is non-narcotic, perfectly legal, and that other people want to buy? Maybe, maybe not. The government may have something to say about that. What do you have to say about it?

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Designer Sophie Theallet Vows Never To Work With Melania Trump

University Students Stumble over Who Has Freedom to Live and Work According to Beliefs

Amish Farmer Sam Girod is in Jail… His Enemies Want Him there for Life

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Is *every* Republican a Nazi? Really?

I’m back to 3 topics this episode, and all, in some way, semi-sorta-related to the recent, peaceful transfer of power in the United States. I talk about the Left running out of adjectives for Donald Trump, given how they’ve misused those adjectives over the decades. I talk about how the outgoing President Obama commuted the sentence of someone who gave Wikileaks a huge treasure trove. And I talk about the closing of a prominent charity, and why it might be closing.

And don’t forget, I want to hear you talk about what you think. Comment here, or look at the sidebar for other ways to get in touch.

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Attacked by Trump, Lewis acknowledges he boycotted Bush inauguration, too

Episode 160: Relief and Concern Over President-Elect Trump

Tapper Notes How White House Used to Be ‘Angry’ and Outraged’ by Manning Crimes

Silence From Networks as Clinton Global Initiative Shuts Down

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Episode 156: Thoughts on a Debate, Part 2

The first Trump/Clinton debate

The first Trump/Clinton debate

This is the second part of my analysis of the September 26th debate between presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. As I wrote last time, there was just so much to get into (because we finally got to compare the candidates side-by-side) that I couldn’t fit it all into one episode.

And with the next debate between them coming very soon, I had to get this out before that, which is why you’re getting 2 episodes in one week. But hey, it’s just 10 minutes! 🙂

And you should probably listen to part 1 first. Click here for the audio and the transcript.

Mentioned links:

The first Trump-Clinton presidential debate transcript, annotated

Economic assistance to countries in the Middle East and North Africa

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Yes, he said that.

Yes, he said that.

First, I’ll ask you to “Name That Quote”. Can you do it? “There are no Christians, as far as I know, blowing up building. I am not aware of any Christian suicide bombers. I am not aware of any major Christian denomination that believes the penalty for apostasy is death. I have mixed feelings about the decline of Christianity, in so far as Christianity might be a bulwark against something worse.”

Second, we’ll try to accurately describe criminal suspects without mentioning their ethnicity, nationality, skin color and height. (Height? Really?)

Third, we’ll put the love of multiculturalism into practice.

Mentioned links:

Ari Mendelson’s book, “Bias Incident: The World’s Most Politically Incorrect Novel”

Professional Atheist Dawkins Says Christianity ‘Bulwark Against Something Worse’

Swedish police banned from describing criminals anymore in case they sound racist

Consider This, episode 66

Cologne Sexual Assault Victim Called a Racist and Harassed After Identifying Her Attackers

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Thoughts on the 2015 Election Results

No podcast episode coming out  regarding this, but I did want to weigh in.

Not a huge number of results, but some results were huge in this off-year election day.

The “hugest” could be considered the election of a Republican Tea Partier as governor of Kentucky.

Matt Bevin, a Republican political novice, wealthy Louisville businessman and Tea Party favorite, was elected Kentucky’s next governor on Tuesday and swept fellow Republicans into statewide office with him. The stunning victory heralds a new era in a state where Democrats have held the governor’s mansion for all but four of the last 44 years.

In beating his Democratic opponent, Attorney General Jack Conway, by almost nine percentage points, Mr. Bevin, 48, shocked people in his own party, who believed that the climate in Kentucky was ripe for a Republican but feared that Mr. Bevin, a charismatic conservative with a go-it-alone style, was too far out of the mainstream and too inexperienced to win.

A few things about this. First, I have noted before that when Democrats get to run places like the big cities of Chicago, Detroit and Baltimore for decades, with few to no Republicans in that time, and when we see these cities crumbling when they have this free hand, it’s hard to understand why the voters in those cities keep electing folks from the same party over and over. It’s like they think that the same guys who got them into this hole can now dig them out of it using the same shovels. I’m hoping that this signals a change in the voters of Kentucky; that they’ve finally said, “Enough is enough.”

Bevin, as noted above in the NY Times article, was a Tea-Party-type. The Republican establishment was concerned that he was too conservative, or “too far out of the mainstream” to win. It appears that perhaps the “mainstream” isn’t necessarily where those pundits think it is. It may be running more to the political Right.

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Suddenly, not so racist anymore (AP)

Suddenly, not so racist anymore (AP)

Former President Bill Clinton, former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young, Cliven Bundy, and the Bureau of Land Management walk into a bar. The bartender looks at them and says, “Sounds like an episode of ‘Consider This!'”

Indeed it is, and it’s one in which I find common ground with Clinton and Young, but manage to tie that together with Bundy’s slavery remarks. Really. It can be done.

It seems that it makes a difference who is proposing voter ID as to whether or not doing so is automatically racist. It also seems like if someone is a racist, then larger issues take a back seat (if they get a seat at all). OK, enough said. I’m tipping my hand.

Mentioned links:

[Podcast Review] “Consider This” Podcast with Doug Payton [The Freelance Spotlight]

Bill Clinton on voter ID: Why not solve the problem by putting a photo on every Social Security card?

Conservatives begin backing away after Cliven Bundy’s remarks disparaging ‘the Negro’

Racist Nevada Rancher Cliven Bundy Reveals the Depths of Conservative White Supremacism Denial

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I’m at half a hundred episodes with this one. Another big milestone.

The lawmakers who passed the bill and the unions who promoted the bill all want exemptions from complying with the bill. “The bill”, of course, is ObamaCare(tm). But I thought that the more people who were a part of it, the better it would be for everyone! The fact that they want out of it should be telling.

Free-market capitalism, even for things like “essential services”, is working hard to make Detroit safe. And it’s working, even (and especially) for the poor. The profit motive works, for all of us.

Will same-sex marriage anywhere mean same-sex marriage everywhere? A judge’s decision in Ohio may allow for just that outcome.

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IRS employee union: We don’t want Obamacare

Hill gets Obamacare fix

This is What Budget Cuts Have Done to Detroit … And It’s Freaking Awesome

Ohio Officials Ordered To Recognize Gay Couple’s Marriage

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