Weekend open thread: Reclaiming red

I found myself lamenting the loss of words and ideas in liberal discourse. For example, we should be the ones who claim and define what freedom means. And we should never cede ground when it comes to something as basic as a color.

Two years ago, we ran a very successful campaign against GOP constitutional amendments using red yard signs. Now I've just ordered a red hat!

Saturday News: "I want to be free."

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DURHAM POLICE DREW GUNS ON 3 CHILDREN AT APARTMENT COMPLEX: More than 100 people came together Friday night to speak out after Durham police officers recently drew their guns on a group of Black children at an apartment complex. Three children — ages 9, 11 and 15 — were playing tag at Rochelle Manor Apartments when five officers pointed guns at them and told them to freeze, two of the children have told media outlets about the Aug. 21 incident. Officers handcuffed the 15-year-old boy, they said. “I don’t want to have to be scared when I go outside,” Jaylin Harris, the 15-year-old, told those gathered outside Durham City Hall on Friday. “I want to be free.” In a statement Sunday, Police Chief C.J. Davis expressed remorse and said officers had approached the children with their guns drawn because they were responding to a report of a man with a gun who had been involved in an earlier shooting.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/crime/article245502800.html

Veterans (finally) against Trump

Many longtime BlueNC community members are veterans, some are still in the reserves. And every single one of us is pissed off about the support Trump has gotten from the military. In fact, I've lost scores of friends from my days at the US Naval Academy because of their blind support for the worst president in history.

No bail should be allowed for serial stalkers

Criminal justice reform has two sides:

Brooklyn Williams, 23, and Andre Cousiamono, 27, both died of gunshot wounds to the head Tuesday afternoon, High Point police said in a statement obtained by news outlets.

Cousiamono was arrested and released on bond last month on outstanding warrants for felony stalking and cyberstalking, records showed. He also had pending charges of misdemeanor stalking, communicating threats and harassing phone calls from January incidents involving Williams, police said. A handgun was found beside Cousiamono and binoculars were discovered in his car near the scene Tuesday, according to police.

If you don't see the gaping issue in that second paragraph, read it again. That he was bonded out for a misdemeanor in January I can understand. The fact that case is still pending I can also understand; the pandemic has paralyzed court calendars. It's that second bond that pisses me off, and is directly responsible for this woman's death. At that point it was obvious he was not going to stop stalking her. His earlier bond should have been revoked, but even if it wasn't, that second bond should have been denied outright. I can't find anything (right now) on the handgun, whether it was legally registered under his name or not, or whether he had been directed to surrender any firearms. But we need some damn answers, and you can keep your "thoughts and prayers" to yourself.

Friday News: Who's on the fringe, Tim?

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LAWSUIT GOES AFTER ANTI-ABORTION LAWS IN NC: The lawsuit targets a number of state laws, including: A 72-hour waiting period, which starts counting down after a woman gets mandatory counseling. A licensing program that the groups say "arbitrarily singles out abortion providers with medically unnecessary" requirements. A ban on physician assistants, nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners providing abortions. A ban on using telehealth for medication abortions. A requirement that providers deliver "biased counseling with no medical benefit to their patients" before performing an abortion. Moore spokesman Joseph Kyzer said in an email that legislative leaders "will vigorously defend" the state's abortion laws "against another attempt by the radical left to use the courts to overcome voters’ rejection of their fringe agenda."
https://www.wral.com/abortion-providers-sue-over-nc-waiting-period-other-restrictions/19268626/

Pence to visit anti-abortion "clinic" in Raleigh

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Because pseudo-scientific bullshit is a staple of the Trump administration:

Pence is set to visit Gateway Women's Care, a pregnancy and sexual health center in downtown Raleigh, where he will participate in a roundtable discussion. CNN reports Gateway promotes misleading information regarding abortion on its website, specifically the assertion that abortion can lead to breast cancer.

The website reads, "A number of reliable studies have concluded that there is an association between abortion and later development of breast cancer." However, studies linking abortion to breast cancer were found to have flawed methodology.

Not sure, but I think this is the same bunch who tried to get a rezoning so they could be directly adjacent to Planned Parenthood. Much easier to harass women that way. But however you get in their door, harassment is on the menu, albeit a passive-aggressive form. And if a woman is still iffy after being scientifically misled, there's always God to straighten her out:

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