Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Bad and Good

The fatal shooting of Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta perplexes me to no end; when are these cops engaged in what Marvin Gaye once called "trigger-happy policing" going to get it?  Just when it seemed that the nations; 18,000 police departments seem to be on the way to reform, the cops arresting Brooks for a DUI take it easy with him and handle him gently at first, doing exactly what they're supposed to be doing, then they go haywire and shoot him dead when he tries to run away.  Atlanta's police chief has since resigned, and the two officers are in hot water. 
The Supreme Court, at least, has provided some needed good news.  The Court allowed the 1964 Civil Rights Act to be extended to lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transsexuals (why are they initialized in that order?), with Justice Neil Gorsuch - a Trump appointee - saying that, when the law was written, it was aimed at helping all groups traditionally denied their civil rights, not just blacks.  Now people of non-heterosexual orientation can't be fired from their jobs for being who they are.
The Court also ruled that California doesn't have to help the federal government enforce immigration laws it feels are unjust if it doesn't want to.  That should have surprised no one because it was in accordance with the originalist, states' rights doctrine the Roberts Court has followed since Roberts himself became Chief Justice.  
I also have good news about the COVID-19 virus.  A steroid can be use to mitigate symptoms of COVID-19 patients and save lives.  Now if we can only get a vaccine . . ..
Patience.  (No pun intended.)        

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