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In any other country, a mass shooting like Uvalde would be a horrendous national tragedy

In the Divided States of America, it's a Tuesday.

But there is a solution that would end these Tuesdays almost entirely.


It's as simple as that.

So, here is my thinking on NATO membership...

Screw Turkey. They have always seemed like an odd choice for a NATO member hardly aligned with western democracies anyway. Even now, they seem to want to only think about what they can get out of this crisis in Ukraine rather than looking at strengthening NATO overall. They have always been more friendly to Russia than western countries to the point that they often defend Russia.

We offer Turkey this deal. NATO accepts the Nordic counties and Switzerland if they ask and if Turkey decides that they can't accept that, bye bye Turkey. Let them go it alone.

So, what does it take to cleave off a country from NATO? Not sure I remember it ever happening but maybe it's time to find out.

Trump said NATO was obsolete numerous times before the 2016 election and afterwards

He complained mostly about the cost NATO members weren't shouldering and how unfair it was but his underlying message was that NATO wasn't relevant and that it didn't address terrorism. Two rather vapid conclusions from a person that knew next to nothing about NATO and its purpose.

Today, NATO is meeting the European security challenges of non-member states and expanding its membership in the face of Russian aggression. NATO has become a much more sought after club of democracies than it has ever been with even long standing neutral countries seeking membership.

If Trump had won a second term, the situation we see today would be very different. NATO would would be in disarray, weaker, and struggling to maintain members. Trump would most likely have cut funding to please his Moscow Master and the GOP would have happily played right along.

Elections do have consequences. Thank you Joe Biden and the Democrats. Thank you Ukraine for your bravery and your determination to remain a free and open society refusing to live under the boot of Russian tyranny. You inspire us all.

God -- The most prolific abortionist known

Miscarriage Statistics

Sadly, miscarriages are a very common occurrence. Sources vary, but many estimate that approximately 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage; and some estimates are as high as 1 in 3. If you include loss that occurs before a positive pregnancy test, some estimate that 40% of all conceptions result in loss.

Although statistics can vary slightly from one source to the next, here is a general account (based primarily on information provided by the March of Dimes) of the frequency of miscarriages in the United States:

There are about 4.4 million confirmed pregnancies in the U.S. every year.

900,000 to 1 million of those end in pregnancy losses EVERY year.

More than 500,000 pregnancies each year end in miscarriage (occurring during the first 20 weeks).

Approximately 26,000 end in stillbirth (considered stillbirth after 20 weeks)

Approximately 19,000 end in infant death during the first month.

Approximately 39,000 end in infant death during the first year.

Approximately 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage; some estimates are as high as 1 in 3. If you include loss that occurs before a positive pregnancy test, some estimate that 40% of all conceptions result in loss.

Approximately 75% of all miscarriages occur in the first trimester.

An estimated 80% of all miscarriages are single miscarriages. The vast majority of women suffering one miscarriage can expect to have a normal pregnancy next time.

An estimated 19% of the adult population has experienced the death of a child (this includes miscarriages through adult-aged children).

Tired of the "Defund the Police" label

I know precious few Democrats that actually want to "defund the police" in this country. But none the less, this is exactly how the Right characterizes the Democrats every chance they get. It is a Right-wing tailor-made scare tactic that came along during the George Floyd pretests and they haven't let it go since. Defunding the police isn't the answer even as we witness video after video of police malfeasance across the country with few officers ever held accountable.

As a Democrat, I don't want to see the police defunded. What I want is far more civilian oversight and police accountability, and it is long overdue in my opinion. If you have any organization tasked with protecting the public and trusted with the use of deadly force, it is absurd to think that this organization should investigate itself and police its own. That is a recipe for corruption in just about any situation.

I couldn't agree more that police have a hard job. Police are being used to do work they were never trained to do. Nobody suggests that police work isn't difficult or even dangerous but when it is done with a lack of transparency, it just makes the job that much harder because you lose the trust of the public. You lose good officers that are unwilling to participate in the inevitable cover-ups, and you corrupt otherwise honest cops that go along to get along. It's a self-defeating dynamic that slides further and further into an authoritarian security nightmare.

A list of suggestions for improved community policing:

-Fund mental health personnel for domestic issues that do not need police involvement
-Extend police training from 6 weeks to one year
-Set-up civilian review boards with teeth to oversee individual police activities
-Put more cameras on the police, on their cars, and in high crime areas
-Hold officers accountable if they break the law and make them ineligible to serve anywhere if they are fired
-Embed non-police personnel with patrol officers
-Put their pensions on the line if they are found to have committed illegal acts as policemen
-Pay them more

The overall goal is oversight and accountability. Without such steps, we will only see the distance between community policing and the communities they serve grow wider.

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