That'll teach newborns to respect law enforcement.
Excellent news, everybody! Donald Trump is gearing up to rescue American cities from the grip of anarchy, or at least punish four cities with Democratic leadership for not respecting his authoriteh. His administration is poised to make the cities cry Uncle Sam by chopping funds for a whole bunch of healthcare programs, because nothing teaches unruly cities to behave like "slashing millions of dollars for coronavirus relief, HIV treatment, screenings for newborns and other programs," as Politico reports. It probably isn't legal, and it's a transparent abuse of government power to make Trump look like he's beating up on those terrible Democrat cities that aren't stopping the riots that burn them to the ground every night, so obviously it's worth doing to keep Trump voters happy.
QAnon strangely untroubled by God-Emperor's real kidnapping of children.
Imagine being a little kid who's been taken away from your parents by men in uniform, and thrown into complete chaos. You're surrounded by strangers who may not even speak the only language you know, kept in a freezing cage where the lights are on all day and night and nobody seems to care that you're crying all the time, then later taken to a converted Walmart crammed with other kids, where you get to play outside on a dirt field once a day. Eventually, you're sent to "foster care or whatever," people you don't know, but who seem nicer even if they don't understand your language or your reflexive rocking in bed at night. If you're really lucky, you might even end up with a distant relative who lives in this strange country, though you may not have met them previously. (Unless of course, your relatives were arrested and deported when they came to rescue you from baby jail.) It's been three years since then and depending on how old you were when you were taken, you might still remember Mama's face. Or maybe the only family you can think of is your foster parent. There's little chance your real parents will ever be found.
Now imagine that 545 times and you'll have a very partial sense of the crime Americans committed so Donald Trump could brag he was finally cracking down on people who committed the misdemeanor offense of crossing the border without authorization. That's what a minority of American voters elected him to do.
In a court filing yesterday, ACLU lawyers said that after years of searching, they were still unable to find the parents of 545 of the kids who'd been taken in America's effort to "deter" asylum seekers and other immigrants by trying to be more monstrous than the countries they were fleeing. Why were ACLU lawyers (and attorneys from other nonprofits) tasked with finding the parents, and not the Department of Homeland Security, which took the kids away? Or the Justice Department, which ordered it? Or Health and Human Services, whose Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) had custody of the kids?
Simple: The government refused to do it because it was too much work, so if the parents were going to be found, that was left to the attorneys for the kids and their parents.
Colorado has pardons, but way behind on expungement. Which is a funny word, man.
Now that a bunch more states have legalized recreational marijuana use, several of them are also expunging the criminal records of people with low-level weed convictions on their records. That means a lot of people will have an easier time getting jobs, at least in the hypothetical post-pandemic future when "jobs" become a thing again. It's all part of the nation's slow return to NORMLcy.
In Illinois, where recreational cannabis became legal January 1, the office of Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx began expunging 1,200 minor weed convictions on October 6. Foxx's office is expunging about 300 convictions a week. The bill legalizing weed included language to expunge convictions for possession of 30 grams or less, but the actual implementation had been delayed for several months by the coronavirus pandemic. This is actually the second wave of expungements in Cook County; last December, shortly before the law went into effect, Foxx motioned to vacate and expunge 1,000 such convictions.
This new round of expungements will cover convictions from January 1, 2013, to December 31, 2019, the last day possession of small amounts was still illegal. Foxx plans to vacate convictions from 2000 to 2012 starting next year, but to follow through on that, she'll have to win reelection in two weeks. She's currently in a close race with Republican Pat O'Brien, who is running on a law-n-order Get Tough platform. Foxx is facing backlash from the right for her office's handling of the 2019 Jussie Smollett case. Vacating old convictions is mandated by the state pot legalization law, but we have a sneaking feeling that might not be a huge priority should O'Brien win. Freakin' narc.
At least, that's what the Gateway Pundit detectives have figgered out. DRATS!
A fire set in an absentee ballot drop box in Los Angeles County destroyed or damaged an unknown number of ballots Sunday night, because that's where democracy is in 2020. Firefighters responding to the blaze first tried spraying a fire extinguisher into the envelope slot, then ran a hose through it, and then used a power saw to cut through the side of the drop box in front of the Baldwin Park Library. Fire officials say someone started the fire by dropping burning newspaper through the slot for ballots. No suspects have yet been identified.
Baldwin Park Mayor Manuel Lozano said there were between 100 and 200 ballots in the box, and county election officials are working to contact local residents who may have to replace their ballots in the two weeks left before the election.
LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis said Monday that the attempt to set fire to ballots "has all the signs of an attempt to disenfranchise voters and call into question the security of our elections," and golly, we have no idea why anyone would want to do that.