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Come Join Us Next Tuesday for a Q&A Session about the Economy!!!
Next Tuesday the Institute to Reduce Spending is having a Q&A session about spending and the economy. If you have any questions you’ve been too afraid to ask about the economy or economic terms, you should check it out.
tonight tomorrow and you should send in a question.
— Secretary of State John Kerry, explaining why he thinks it’s a waste of time to figure out whether or not we’re at war with ISIS (video here).
One of the supportive letters written to Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Ca.) after she was the sole “no” vote in the overbroad Authorization of Use of Military Force (AUMF) in Afghanistan in 2001.
Lee received quite a lot of mail following her vote, some of it supportive, some angry but reasonable, and some super incoherent and racist (click here to see examples of all three categories—it’s a fascinating collection).
Lee’s concern that the AUMF would give the President “a blank check to attack an unspecified country, an unspecified enemy for an unspecified period of time” proved prescient; President Obama is now using that same AUMF to justify war on ISIS without congressional approval.
This week’s column is kind of an amalgamation of stories I’ve shared recently here on Tumblr about how out-of-control my city’s police have become. So some of it may sound familiar, but it’s reaching a new, more conservative audience over at Rare.
About a year ago, I moved to St. Paul, Minn. for grad school. It’s been great living here, but I must say, I’m worried about my dog’s safety. My worry doesn’t stem from concerns about traffic, crime, or environmental hazards.
No, I’m worried because of the Saint Paul Police Department.
In July, there was a story about a family whose two dogs were executed by police during a no-knock raid for marijuana possession in a St. Paul neighborhood just a few miles from my house. The family says one dog was shot as he fled in fear; the raid, meanwhile, produced minimal evidence to feed the hungry maw of the trillion-dollar failure that is the war on drugs.
“All of a sudden, we see the dogs thrown out like pieces of meat, like they were nothing,” said a neighbor of the family whose dogs were shot. “We teared up because they are like family to us. Those dogs are real good dogs.”
This isn’t an isolated incident for the SPPD. Just a few years ago, the Saint Paul Police killed another family dog…and forced handcuffed children to sit next to its bleeding corpse for more than an hour while they ransacked the home.
The kicker? The raid wasn’t even in the right house!
That family whose dog was killed wasn’t suspected of any crime. Is my dog next?
And it’s not just dogs that are in danger of SPPD brutality, as evidenced by a new report. This time, a young father named Chris Lollie was arrested while waiting to pick up his kids from school. The charges were “Trespassing, Disorderly Conduct, and Obstructing Legal Process.” Police claimed he refused to leave an area reserved for employees of the bank building he was in. However, not only were there no signs indicating that the location was private, but Lollie wasn’t even in the bank proper; he was in the skyway.