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Should Republicans be screened out of police officer jobs?

Screening police job applicants for Republicanism (or "conservatism") might stop a lot of these problems we are having with incompetent, racially maladjusted, violence-prone cops. Personally, I am a big supporter of good policing and good police, but I believe BLM has a point. I think the good police, their supporters, and BLM would all be happy if we could just do a better job screening out the bad apples.

Keeping out all Republicans or "conservatives" would be a bit draconian, and it might not completely solve the problem. (It's hard to be sure whether all of the bad cops are Republican or "conservative," though it seems like a good bet.) A less draconian approach would be to try to separate out the good Republicans from the bad ones with respect to racial and violence maladjustment by applying extra screening steps or psychological tests. We could use the current Syrian refugee admission controversy as an analogy, possibly, and either simply reject all Republicans from police work as a class or try to vet them thoroughly.

If we did decide to go with screening out Republicans, then a good first step would be to require all current police officers to re-apply for their current jobs so they could be screened. Then there could be something like a semi-annual evaluation for them to keep the ranks clean. I think the good cops will be glad to see their unacceptable colleagues forced out and will find it more than worth their trouble to support the process.

Paul Ryan Balks Over Blocking Gun Sales To People On Terror Watch List

WASHINGTON (AP) — People on the U.S. government's terrorist watch list often can't board commercial airliners, but they can walk into a gun store and legally buy pistols and powerful military-style rifles.

Sensing a political opening from last week's Paris attacks, Democrats are renewing calls for Congress to pass legislation aimed at preventing terrorists from buying guns. Similar bills — including a post-9/11 measure backed by the Justice Department under Republican President George W. Bush — have been stymied for years, thanks in large part to opposition from gun-rights groups and congressional Republicans.

According to a March analysis by the Government Accountability Office, people on the FBI's consolidated Terrorist Watchlist successfully passed the background check required to purchase firearms more than 90 percent of the time, with more than 2,043 approvals between 2004 and 2014. The office is an investigative branch of Congress.

The FBI is notified when a background check for the purchase of firearms or explosives generates a match with the watch list, and agents often use that information to step up surveillance on terror suspects. Under current federal law, however, association with a terrorist organization doesn't prohibit a person from possessing firearms or explosives.

Yup. If the Paris attackers had struck here, they would be armed with AR-15 contraptions bought legally. And Republicans would be saying (or secretly thinking) that it means that Muslims should have their citizenship revoked and should be banished from the country.

No need for gun registration and background checks here. We'll just build a wall around the whole border and put up anti-terrorist shark nets to ward off attacks by SCUBA. Because NRA > USA.

Republican "leaders" live in fear and toddler-level rage.

This most recent example with the Paris attack clearly underscores the reason Republicans should be voted out of every office in every election. If you can keep your head when all around you are losing theirs, you're probably not a Republican.

Folks, Republican fearfulness and panic is infectious. Otherwise respectable people see the Republicans doing their little panic/rage dance, and they feel their own courage and character falter. Save me, Mama! Where's the nearest person I can attack without needing any courage to do so?

Just pathetic and undignified. Every single last Republican must be voted out of every single last office.

Where was this Republican talk about leadership under George W. Bush?

I didn't hear any complaints about Bush's leadership when he held the presidency. I think the reason is probably that Republicans considered George W. Bush a leader. Yep. They did.

So when Republicans bawl about Obama not being a leader, they are really complaining that Obama isn't a leader in the mold of Republican leadership example George W. Bush. Meaning Obama really is a leader, because it is damned certain George W. Bush wasn't. No one but Republicans thinks Bush was a good leader.

Republican George W. Bush does epitomize an idea of leadership: the Republican idea of leadership. That's why no Republican should be permitted to occupy any office or job requiring leadership.

I doubt Obama attacks Venezuela over this.

I do expect we are about to see ISIS losing all of its territory to a world coalition. ISIS probably had the Paris attack staged and ready as a response to a defeat. We reclaimed Sinjar yestday and killed Jihadi John. So ISIS set off their attack yesterday.

ISIS must be in trouble or they would have saved the attack for a time closer to the U.S. 2016 election. As with Bin Laden's release of a video in 2004, ISIS could have used this attack to attempt to elect Republicans had they waited for 2016. That could have multiplied the damage of the attack dramatically in the same way Bin Laden was able to exploit Bush and the Republicans with 9/11. By attacking with Republicans in charge, Bin Laden was able to multiply his effectiveness 100-fold.

Having the attack occur at a safe distance from a U.S. election will give the left a chance to show how a terrorist attack is really handled. Not by attacking the wrong country based on sloppy (at best) falsehoods but by handling the situation with intelligence and effectiveness.

Thank God Republicans don't have the White House

Some monster movies have a tough guy with a gun. He hears a sound in the bushes and unloads all of his ammo into them, killing a squirrel. Then the monster taps him on the shoulder and eats him when he turns around.

Thank God Republicans don't have the White House right now. George W. Bush's Republican approach has gotten a lot of people eaten. Shoot anything that moves. Just stupid.

I think of the terrorism we see now as a form of cyber crime. The target operating system is the human mind. The viruses are transmitted by the global telecommunications system. There are no borders in that system, and the walls are a joke. Human minds are now linked over it at high bandwidth, and our operating systems aren't secure.

We are going to have to do a lot of serious, brainy, scientific thinking to keep this mess from getting worse. The Republican George W. Bush-style shoot-everything-that-moves approach is certain to fail.

Why haven't Republicans apologized for George W. Bush?

If Obama had gotten the country into an unnecessary, ruinous war, I would apologize. He didn't do that. As an Obama voter I, therefore, owe no apology.

If Obama had ignored strong warnings about a coming terrorist attack, if he later sat doing nothing in a roomful of children for 7.5 minutes after being told that very attack was underway, I would apologize. Obama didn't do that, so I owe no apology.

If Obama had presided over a huge economic catastrophe, destroying the wealth, hopes, dreams, and economic security of tens of millions of Americans, I would have apologized. Obama didn't do that; Bush did. I owe no apology.

I owe no apology, but I am certain I am owed one. The Republican Party and those whose votes created the presidency of George W. Bush (I include Nader voters) owe the world an apology.

They need to cough it up. It's a delinquent debt they owe society. The people who are not responsible for the Bush catastrophes are wise and forgiving, but the apology must be made, and there should be some attempt at atonement. It's the only decent thing those who put Republican George W. Bush in office can do in the situation they put us all in. A true, heartfelt, abject apology is the only way they can reduce the burden of guilt they bear.

Carson’s Westmoreland story doesn’t match records

Looks like Carson may have hallucinated his Westmoreland meeting.

Carlisle, Pa. — Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson’s published account of having dinner with a top commander in the Vietnam War after marching in a Memorial Day parade in 1969 as a high school ROTC cadet in Detroit does not match historical records.

In Carson’s 1990 best-selling autobiography, “Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story,” the neurosurgeon tells of being offered a scholarship to West Point as a high school senior sometime after having dinner with the U.S. Army’s chief of staff, Gen. William Westmoreland, on Memorial Day 1969.

But Westmoreland’s personal schedule shows the general was not in Detroit on Memorial Day or during the days preceding and following the holiday. His schedule says he was in and around Washington, D.C., that weekend, according to Army archives The Detroit News reviewed Friday.
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