Did Rio cops distort the Lochte robbery story?

An investigation by USA Today says that there is more to the Ryan Lochte/US swim team robbery story than the Rio police have said.  Reportedly, a uniformed security guard did point a gun and demand money.  In his mind, he was telling the swimmers to pay for vandalism they committed.  In Lochte’s mind, the swimmers were being robbed.  That communication confusing came from neither side understanding each other’s language.

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Swimmers go from honor to dishonor

Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte and three other members of the U.S. swim team lied about being held up at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro.  Two of the swimmers reportedly admitted the fabrication.

What malice.  What a black eye for the American team, which is dominating the medal count.  What a black eye for America, as the foreign stereotypes about arrogant, disrespectful, unprincipled Americans are seemingly confirmed.

UPDATE:  Lochte apologizes.  His endorsement deals are in jeopardy.  Go here for more details.

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Mexico’s one gun store

Mexico’s constitution guarantees the right of citizens to own firearms.  But it also allows the government to regulate them.  So there is only one gun store in the whole country, and should you go there, it is still almost impossible to buy a gun.

Mexico, of course, is plagued with gun violence on a colossal scale, since the criminal class is extremely well-armed. [Read more…]

Riots in Milwaukee

A police officer shot and killed an armed black man in Milwaukee, sparking a riot in which police were stoned with bricks,  journalists were assaulted, several businesses were set on fire, and white drivers were pulled out of their cars and beaten. It turns out, the officer who fired the shots is black. [Read more…]

Did Trump call for Hillary’s assassination?

Donald Trump has done it again, appearing to say something so over the top that some say it disqualifies him from being president:

“Hillary wants to essentially abolish the Second Amendment. And by the way, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know.”

Does that sound like he is calling on “the Second Amendment people,” that is to say, gun owners, to assassinate her?

Trump’s apologists are saying that he was just calling on the NRA and everyone concerned with Second Amendment rights to rally around his candidacy and support him with their votes, so as to prevent her from abolishing the Second Amendment and picking her judges.

But he is clearly talking about after her election.  “Nothing you can do folks” to prevent her from picking her judges.  If he were talking about voting against her, “folks” could certainly do that.  Here he is talking about people doing something “if she gets to pick her judges”–that is, if she is elected and has presidential power.

Aren’t I right?  Is there any other way to read this statement that takes into account what it actually says?

I suspect he was joking, but still, how reckless and undisciplined and thoughtless this shows him to be!  Is he trying to get people not to vote for him?

I would add that what he said should also be offensive to “Second Amendment people,” since it plays into the liberal gun-control advocates’ stereotype that owners of firearms are potential criminals and dangerous to society.

Threatening a presidential candidate, by the way, is a federal offense, punishable by five years in prison.

UPDATE:  I just heard the next line:  “By the way, and if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know. But I’ll tell you what, that will be a horrible day.”

It “will be a horrible day” that Second Amendment people come together to vote for him?  This pretty much, shall we say, shoots down his own campaign’s spin on the statement, as well as other attempts to interpret what he said in a positive way.  The best we can do is say he was joking, but, even then, that’s a joke that can’t be justified, either practically (since it could come off as a marching order for a loony follower) or politically (since it gives more people a reason not to vote for him).

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Reagan’s attempted assassin is freed

John Hinckley, who tried to kill Ronald Reagan in 1981, will be released from the mental hospital where he has been confined.  He fired six shots, wounding the president and four others, including James Brady, who was seriously injured.  His death two years ago from long-term complications was ruled a homicide. [Read more…]


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