The biggest thing I’ve taken away from this project is something I’ll never be able to prove, but I’m convinced to my core: The lack of such a database is intentional. No government—not the federal government, and not the thousands of municipalities that give their police forces license to use deadly force—wants you to know how many people it kills and why.
It’s the only conclusion that can be drawn from the evidence. What evidence? In attempting to collect this information, I was lied to and delayed by the FBI, even when I was only trying to find out the addresses of police departments to make public records requests. The government collects millions of bits of data annually about law enforcement in its Uniform Crime Report, but it doesn’t collect information about the most consequential act a law enforcer can do.
I’ve been lied to and delayed by state, county and local law enforcement agencies—almost every time. They’ve blatantly broken public records laws, and then thumbed their authoritarian noses at the temerity of a citizen asking for information that might embarrass the agency. And these are the people in charge of enforcing the law.
The Wall Street Journal reports that starting on April 1, all of those states plan to reinstate a rule that had been set aside after the financial crisis led to mass unemployment: that adults with no dependents or disabilities are limited to “three months of food stamps in any three-year period—unless they work at least 80 hours a month, or meet education and training or volunteer benchmarks.”
If people are unable to find a job, it is cruel to force them to starve, and it is foolish to make a poor, unemployed, hungry person sit through classes that will not directly lead to a job, or spend their time volunteering, for no income, simply so they can have food to eat, but no money or free time to obtain it. The likely outcome of reinstating these rules: “The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimates that 500,000 to one million people will lose access to food stamps this year, citing the experience in states where work requirements already returned.”
If you’re like me and don’t have a WSJ subscription, you can see the states that are going to do this here.
The Senate has approved a defense budget that would also require women to register for the draft. The new rules would apply to any woman who turns 18 on or after January 1, 2018. The key opponents to drafting women were conservative Republicans, including your old friend, botched Madam Tussauds exhibit Ted Cruz.
This includes my three daughters.
Some assholes 3,000 miles away, emboldened by a different subset of assholes who ostensibly champion “equality,” decided that my three girls - currently aged seven, five, and two - should one day be placed on a list and forced through threat of violence to potentially become a bullet sponge for what is likely, if history is a guide, a bullshit cause.
It’s yet another perverse example of how leftists and feminists purport to champion women’s causes while putting women’s lives in danger (much like their support of gun control, which most harms the weaker and more law-abiding). Or how they flap their gums in support of consent and choice, but really advocate the opposite.
In addition to the obvious - that being in the military makes it more likely to be harmed and even killed - this pushes women into a situation where rape is far more common. Not only are a significant number of men raped, but about one out of three women report being sexually assaulted (and the pentagon itself estimates that only 14% of rapes are reported). ,,,,,,
F*ck the state and all its cheerleaders who continue to actively make my daughters’ lives less safe.
If you stand against child abuse and find it disgusting that Gawker is defending this stuff, make it ABUNDANTLY CLEAR by hitting Gawker where it hurts: in the pocketbook. EMAIL THE ADVERTISERS OF GAWKER MEDIA and let them know how you feel. They will drop Gawker Media like a hot potato.
(Whatever your politics are, GG are the only ones keeping a list of Gawker advertisers)
Include links to the articles where they defend Dunham in your email. Make it clear that incestuous child abuse is unacceptable. Tell them to stop placing their ads on this increasingly toxic network of sites.
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