Anonymous Tip: You Will Get Caught. You Will Get Punished.

This is perhaps the central irony of this book—far from scaring parents about big bad evil social services, it tells a story where the bad guys face justice, not just from the book’s Good Christian Hero, but also from their own agency’s internal process.

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The Sky Is (Not) Falling! Police Fatalities Edition

As it stands, right now, we are in the safest era to be a police officer in many decades. Statistically, there has never been a better era to be a police officer. Even this year, with the violence in Dallas and Baton Rouge, we have not seen an increase in police fatalities high enough to put 2016 outside of ordinary year-to-year variation. So let’s not fall prey to fear-mongering.

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The Sky Is (Not) Falling! Homicide Rates Edition

Can we talk about Donald Trump’s acceptance speech last week? I’ve been ruminating and ruminating on it and it’s not getting any worse. Trump focused on increases in crime and the violent threat posed by illegal immigration. Except that none of that is real. Violent crime has been declining for decades, police are killed on the beat far less frequently than they used to be, and undocumented immigrants are actually less likely to commit crime than American citizens. Trump’s acceptance speech was all smoke and mirrors.

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Hillary Won Because of Voters of Color

Valdez writes that voters of color voted overwhelmingly for Hillary, but it’s more than that. If the Democratic primary had involved on white voters, Bernie Sanders would have won. In other words, it was voters of color who chose the nominee.

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How Black Americans Became Democrats

“I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves,” First Lady Michelle Obama said in her speech on Monday night. The New York Times confirmed that this is true—the White House was indeed constructed via slave labor. Of course, not everyone was moved by her line. Republican television host and well-known conservative Chuck Woolery tweeted this in response.

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Donald Trump, Roger Ailes, and Bill Gothard

Roger Ailes, the long-time chief executive director of Fox News, announced last week that he was stepping down amid sexual harassment allegations lodged against him by Gretchen Carlson numerous and other female Fox News employees, including the popular Megyn Kelly. I’ve noticed some interesting similarities between the allegations against Ailes and those against Bill Gothard.

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Political Party Convention Open Thread

I’ll have more to say later—a lot more—about the candidates and narratives of this year’s election, but I wanted to take a moment to post an open thread for discussion of both conventions. I should have opened this thread last week—or perhaps a dedicated thread for the Republican Party convention—but better late than never.

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The Listening Parent (and the Thinking Child)

I was going to post something about politics today, but then I realized that there is way too much about politics out there right now, and that politics is a dark and unhappy place. So instead, I’m going to write about parenting.

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Lesbian Duplex 778: An Open Thread

It’s time for another Lesbian Duplex thread! If you have a link or article or interesting thought that’s not relevant to an ongoing thread, you can share it here. If a conversation on another post has turned entirely off topic, you can bring it here also.

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Saturday Link Love: Donald Trump, Physicists, and the Republican Party

Saturday Link Love is a new feature where I collect and post links to various articles I’ve come upon over the past week. Feel free to share any interesting articles you’ve come along as well! The more the merrier.

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