@EllieRushing Wow. 39 U.S. Code § 101, Postal policy: "(a) The United States Postal Service shall be operated as a basic and fundamental service provided to the people by the Government of the United States, authorized by the Constitution... and supported by the people..."
@EllieRushing "...The Postal Service shall have as its basic function the obligation to provide postal services to bind the Nation together through the personal, educational, literary, and business correspondence of the people..."
@EllieRushing "It shall provide prompt, reliable, + efficient services to patrons in all areas + shall render postal services to all communities. The costs of establishing + maintaining the Postal Service shall not be apportioned to impair the overall value of such service to the people."
The Salem Police Chief issued a statement about this (is.gd/DXxXI9) which I'll reinterpret: 1. "He wasn't fully briefed" = "he did exactly as he was briefed” 2. "I know this officer" = "I agree with this officer"
3. "Evaluate risk to officers/can we safely deescalate" = "We're not racist; we're exceptionally courteous to ALL citizens who are armed better than we are."
Which makes sad sense: if cops pepper-ball a Proud Boy, he might return fire! Wiser to give them a polite heads-up. 2/
Honestly, what happened in the video may qualify as sensible, conflict-avoidant (if tone-deaf) policing in the Before Times. But things need to change STRUCTURALLY so that no facially-neutral algorithm or heuristic results in armed white > unarmed Black, ever.
This piece by @NickMiroff is well worth reading… for several reason. Not only is the Wall a waste of (taxpayer, not Mexican) $, but there's a new scam afoot that benefits Steve Bannon + top donors. ... 1/
Why would Trump refer to MacArthur and Patton in the context of DOMESTIC unrest?
Bec. before they became WW2 heroes, MacArthur + Patton presided over one of the darkest days in U.S. history: July 28, 1932, when US infantry, cavalry + tanks crushed a peaceful domestic protest.
At the height of the Great Depression, with thousands standing in soup lines, a former US Army sergeant from Oregon organized a march from the West Coast to DC, of World War I veterans who had been promised bonuses in 1945 but who needed the $ now, please.
See firsthand the trauma and unfairness of voting via #VoteByMail in Oregon:
PS: And here, next door to the City Hall/Police Station where I dropped our ballots, is the local cannabis dispensary, for which an elderly city council member recently thanked God: "It's the only business generating enough taxes during COVID to keep our town solvent!" #Oregon
@bethanyshondark Without interventions (vaccine, testing/quarantine, physical distancing), the virus will keep spreading until herd immunity kicks in -- ie, until a sufficient % of the population becomes immune, at which point the virus effectively has nowhere to spread, and begins dying off.
@bethanyshondark Immunity comes in two flavors: immunization, or having antibodies from surviving the disease. No vaccine? Then the virus will keep spreading (and keep killing people) until a sufficient % of the population has caught the disease to confer herd immunity.
@politico DOJ's argument -- that the courts have no role in subpoena/oversight disputes between Congress and the WH -- is basically Barr's. He laid it out in a speech last year to the Federalist Society, calling for the branches to "club" each other instead: 2/
@politico But, as @AndrewDesiderio and a few hundred thousand others pointed out, that's the exact opposite of the argument Trump's l̶e̶a̶v̶e̶-̶t̶h̶e̶-̶c̶a̶s̶h̶-̶o̶n̶-̶t̶h̶e̶-̶d̶r̶e̶s̶s̶e̶r̶ ̶s̶l̶a̶t̶t̶e̶r̶n̶, er, attorney Jay Sekulow argued during impeachment: 3/
"If we try to slow down this epidemic for 3 mos by isolating only the sick, their household members, + people over 70, we would still end up with 8 sick people for every one available critical care bed."
But "if we isolate people who are sick with COVID-19 AND practice social distancing of the entire population AND household quarantine AND close schools and universities for FIVE MONTHS, ..."
"... we can keep case numbers low enough that there should be enough critical care hospital beds for everyone who needs one."
@realDonaldTrump Dear @realDonaldTrump: I mean, you are even worse at your job than George Bush was. And you are an abysmal failure compared to the president who lives rent-free in your head, Obama: 2/
@realDonaldTrump Dear @realDonaldTrump: I mean, look at how the stock market's done under our last the presidents:
1 = Bush
2 = Obama
3 = You.
You just rode Obama's momentum until gravity took hold again. You added NOTHING. 3/
Sanders' supporters have some good policy ideas. Those humble + hardworking enough to get involved in their local Dem organizations have made the party better. If they'd only rallied behind an actual Democrat for the Democratic nomination, we'd have a progressive nominee.
I mean, I'M a Progressive. I WANT universal healthcare. I WANT America to lead a radical transformation of the world economy to combat climate change. I WANT to "eat" the uber-rich so everyone can have a share of the American dream.
But Duverger's Law explains that we'll ALWAYS revert to two major parties. Right now, the Democratic Party is the ONLY vehicle by which we can accomplish meaningful change against the tide of American fascism.
I don't like that. But being a grown-up means accepting reality.
@tadrow Apropos of nothing: the "stead" in "homestead" is a strong, fine word:
"Old English stede 'place, position; standing, firmness, stability, fixity,' ... from [Proto-Indo-European] *steti-, suffixed form of root *sta- "to stand, make or be firm." etymonline.com/word/stead
@tadrow Your homestead is a place to make a stand. It also has a connotation of "area of responsibility." I like that: you have your place; that's your area of responsibility. Take care of what's in front of you.
@tadrow It reminds me of Ecclesiastes, which advises that the whole secret of life is simply: eat and drink; love the wife of your youth; wholeheartedly do the work God has put in front of you.
Sanders supporters here never want to admit that Bernie's electability, both at a contested convention and in Nov., is limited by the reality that more Dems loathe him than love him. So I'm gonna poke the tiger and say: Bernie Sanders is not a Democrat.
I'll go further, and say: Sanders isn't even eligible to be the Democratic nominee -- which matters, not bec. the DNC would dare declare him ineligible now, but bec. it helps explain why he has a hard, HARD ceiling, both with convention delegates and with Democratic voters.
We all know Sanders spent most of his career dissing the Dem Party as "ideologically bankrupt," of "greed and vulgarity," proclaiming it would be "hypocritical" for him to run as a Dem. is.gd/CdFYwR
That is, until he realized he needed the party to be prez.
Traditionally, primary candidates don't name a running mate until their nomination is a lock. This makes sense in a multiparty race, when running mate choice may be a bargaining chip at a potentially contested convention.
But when it comes down to only two nominees, one of whom is certain to enter the convention with a clear majority, there's no reason not to create a ticket now.
That's especially the case when the two finalists are 77 and 78 years old, and one of them has suffered a heart attack that, statistically, gives him a median life expectancy of just 3.1 years.
"[W]hy doesn’t Sanders — who is the fly in the ointment, the pebble in every shoe — take himself out of the running and back the more conciliatory, less off-putting candidate, Warren?... [D]oesn’t his own admission that the young-person crusade has not worked...