#Leftist’s frightening new #PoliceState strategy: Diagnose #Trump voters as mentally ill

Radical journalist Barbara Ehrenreich, Hochshild’s friend, warned the Berkeley sociologist not to overly empathize with her subjects. “Barbara said, ‘Enough already, get over it — don’t forget these people did vote for Trump.’”

As Hochschild notes in her book, writers on the left like Thomas Frank (“What’s the Matter with Kansas?”) have long struggled to understand why conservatives like those she interviewed embrace political candidates and views that contradict their own economic self-interest. After all, Trump’s proposed tax cuts and health care plan will only do further harm to oil workers and their families in the Louisiana bayou. But Hochschild’s central insight is that, like all of us, Trump voters are motivated by “a deep story” — an unconscious force that defies political logic. Our deep story “removes judgment. It removes fact. It tells us how things feel.”

In short, people who support President Trump are mentally ill.

Enjoy your Police State.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

American drug users are causing even more innocent Mexicans to die

With homicides in the city on the rise, Tijuana business and civic leaders are calling for Mexico’s military to once again head up Baja California’s efforts against organized crime.

Once again, America’s insatiable lust for illegal drugs has caused immeasurable pain to this once glittering city.

Members of the Consejo Coordinador Empresarial in Tijuana, an influential business umbrella group, and the city’s Citizens Council for Pubic Safety are urging the passage of a new federal “law of internal security” that would allow Mexican soldiers to carry out civilian public safety duties.

“We don’t want to go back to the past, to the situation of 2007 and 2008,” said Juan Manuel Hernández, who heads the public safety council, describing a period of high-impact violence, including gruesome beheadings, public shootouts, and kidnappings.

The call for an expanded military role has come as more than 530 homicides have been registered in Tijuana so far this year, according figures from the Baja California Attorney General’s Office. If the killings continue at the current pace, this year’s total will exceed last year’s record 916 homicides.

Some cast doubt on the notion that coordination among civilian and military authorities is key to driving down crime and violence. David Shirk, a University of San Diego professor who has studied homicide trends across Mexico, said dynamics among drug trafficking organizations are the main factor driving the violence levels.

“We will see a drop in violence when somebody has monopoly control,” Shirk said.

As we’ve always said, Americans love drugs.

Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

How the entertainment industry turned music festivals into venues for sexual assault

Two weeks before their Central Coast electronic music festival Lightning in a Bottle, the L.A. concert promoters at Do LaB were busy with the usual tasks: prepping campgrounds, checking sound equipment and stocking up on psychedelic art.

But this year, they also held a new class for fans and staff that focused on fighting sexual harassment at festivals: “Creating Safer-Braver Spaces: Consent Culture & Social Care.”

Do LaB, which is a Coachella collaborator, will also have a medical team specifically trained to fight sexual harassment as well as counselors available for any victims. “All of Do LaB’s departments [train] on how to spot a person in need or a situation that might escalate,” said Erica Seigel, a coordinator for the festival safety firm involved. “The teams are trained to act quickly, provide support and create a safe space for anyone who needs it.”

For a new generation of activists fighting sexual assault in the music scene, that’s exactly what fans and promoters need. Why, because for years the entertainment industry has allowed these events to be venues for sexual predators.

Source: LA Times

#Republican scheme to use  #FBIProbe to attack President #Trump

Republican elites in Washington continue their relentless crusade to destroy President Trump and punish all who support him.

The President has repeatedly vented his frustration with the FBI investigation, denouncing it on Twitter this week as “the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!”

The investigations, which are based on no substantive legal findings, are creating political cover for Republican lawmakers, who want to destroy President Trump and torpedo his legislative agenda.

For example, the Washington Post has not identified who in the White House the FBI now considers a person of interest, although it said the individual is “someone close to the president.”

This is now the elite media smears people they hate.

Naturally, the Justice Department declined to comment. “As a matter of policy, we don’t comment on the existence or nonexistence of investigations or targets of investigations,” said spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores.

This is how Washington elites smear people they hate.

Source: LA Times

#Salon endorses #bigotry, as long as it’s targeted against #Trump supporters

Salon.com is breaking new ground in American bigotry. Focusing on the shortcomings of Trump voters. In essence, one of the Left’s leading publications has come up with a new hate-based definition of Trump’s supporters that Calvin Candie would be proud of. And just like Candie, they have science to prove their point.

The PRRI study suggests Trump’s supporters don’t do well distinguishing between their feelings and factual circumstances. Take their relative economic class — they’re not necessarily poor, but they aren’t satisfied. They don’t like what they see, but want someone else to fix it. They’re traumatized and lash out. Many are inclined to blame others and self-medicate, yet reject self-betterment through higher education. The survey shows that lots of people in overlooked America vote based on their frustrations and darker emotions.

“White working-class Americans display a strong sense of economic fatalism, which influenced their vote choice in 2016,” said PRRI research director Dan Cox. “A majority of white working-class Americans believe that college education is more of a risk than an investment in the future, a view that is at odds not only with white college-educated Americans, but with black and Hispanic Americans as well. And white working-class voters who lost confidence in the education system as a path to upward mobility were much more likely to support Trump in the 2016 election.”

Source: Salon.com

Federal judge still doesn’t believe #WellsFargo’s version of sham accounts scam 

A San Francisco federal judge is leaning toward rejecting some of the terms of a $142-million settlement aimed at ending a bevvy of class-action lawsuits against Wells Fargo & Co. over its sham accounts scandal.

In a filing Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria asked attorneys on both sides for more information about claims made last week by plaintiffs’ attorneys that as many as 3.5 million bogus checking, savings and credit card accounts may have been created by the bank.

That figure is far more than the 2.1 million accounts the bank had estimated when it reached a $185-million settlement with regulators in September.

Chhabria, in a request for additional information, questioned whether the parties have the ability to accurately estimate the number of bank customers who may be eligible to participate in the settlement.

“If so, what are those estimates and how were they reached? If not, why not?” asked Chhabria, who will preside over a hearing on the proposed settlement Thursday.

The estimate of 2.1 million was based on a review by the bank of accounts created between May 2011 and July 2015, while the new figure is an estimate of unauthorized accounts created between 2002 and this year.

The higher figure was predicated on a recent internal investigation by the bank that concluded the practice of opening unauthorized accounts may have started as early as 2002.

Source: LA Times

Burnett’s scheme to set-up Laxalt backfires

We all know now that Gaming Control Board Chairman A.G. Burnett is a feckless rat who can’t be trusted.

After weeks of back and forth between Legislative Democrats and the attorney general’s office, Attorney General Adam Laxalt faced public questioning Wednesday evening centered on a recorded conversation with a top gaming regulator.

Laxalt defended his actions on a recorded conversation between himself and Gaming Control Board Chairman A.G. Burnett in front of a joint session between the Assembly Ways and Means and the Senate Finance committees. Democrats, however, weren’t convinced a conflict of interest didn’t exist while pushing for an Assembly bill to give the Gaming Control Board the option for independent counsel.

While the official reason for the Wednesday night hearing was Assembly Bill 513, which would give the Gaming Control Board the option for independent counsel, the bulk of the discussion focused on the leaked discussion between Laxalt and Burnett.

Burnett recorded a conversation he had with Laxalt in March 2016 after what Burnett described as concerns that the substance of the meeting could be improper. Laxalt asked if Burnett might file an amicus brief in a lawsuit involving the Las Vegas Sands Corp.

Sands is owned by Sheldon Adelson, one of Laxalt’s largest donors.

Burnett revealed Wednesday that he went to both staff at the Gaming Control Board as well as the governor’s office to ask what to do about the recording. The governor’s general counsel told him to go to the FBI.

The bureau found nothing illegal about the conversation and declined to prosecute.

Source: Reno Gazette Journal

Nevada law allows religious whack-jobs to force teens to “pray the gay away”

Gov. Brian Sandoval signed a bill Wednesday that would ban mental health professionals from preforming sexual conversion therapy on minors under the age of 18.

Senate Bill 201, which was sponsored by Sen. David Parks, D-Las Vegas, would make it illegal for licensed mental health practitioners to provide therapy designed to change a minor’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

But the bill was amended to exempt religious organizations and allow members of that faith to provide counseling.

So it’s still OK for religious whack-jobs to force teens to “pray the gay away”.

Activist within the LGBTQ communities say it’s a step in the right direction. They’re probably right. A bitter-sweet victory is better than a total loss.

So much for the Fourth Amendment. Enjoy your Police State.

Source: Reno Gazette-Journal

@StateDept: Turks beating protesters bad, U.S. cops executing American citizens, no problem

The State Department issued a strong protest to Turkey a day after visiting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s security guards and supporters kicked and beat protesters in a scuffle in downtown Washington.

The brief but bloody altercation — the second time in 14 months that a visit by Turkey’s president led to a clash with demonstrators opposed to his authoritarian policies — threatened to escalate into an international incident.

“We are communicating our concern to the Turkish government in the strongest possible terms,” the State Department said in a statement. “Violence is never an appropriate response to free speech.”

Police said two people were arrested and 11 others, including a police officer, were injured. Police said they are working with the State Department and Secret Service to identify Erdogan guards who they believe instigated the melee.

The Secret Service said it was working “to aggressively pursue accountability for those involved in yesterday’s protests.”

In a statement, Peter Newsham, police chief for the District of Columbia, complained of a “brutal attack on peaceful protesters.”

The State Department has remained silent about the almost daily routine Police State executions of the poor, the homeless, the mentally ill, and people of color here in the U.S.

Source: LA Times

Good guy with a gun blasts robbers

We’d call this was an example  of nice shooting by a good guy with a gun.

An employee at a go kart business shot a would-be robber Monday night.Detectives are investigating the attempted armed robbery by two men about 10:50 p.m. at Las Vegas Mini Gran Prix, 1401 N. Rainbow Blvd., according to Metropolitan Police Department.

Lt. David Gordon said an employee shot one of the two aspiring robbers. The man who was shot was taken into custody and hospitalized. He was in surgery as of 12:15 a.m. Tuesday, Gordon said.

Well done. This employee deserves a bonus.

Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal