“The Greatest Country in the Nation” News, 09 July 2016


“We got pulled over for a busted tail light in the back and…he's licensed to carry. He was trying to get out his ID and his wallet out his pocket and he let the officer know that…he had a firearm and that he was reaching for his wallet and the officer just shot him in his arm. He just shot his arm off…please don't tell me he's dead, please.” Diamond “Lavish” Reynolds, fiancee of Philando Castile, who was shot four times by a Minnesota police officer four times in front of her and her child. (BBC)

“Tourists from Illinois saw possible sniper suspect with gun. Said they thought it was something lawful in Texas, so didn't tell police.” Jon Easter, tweeting on Thursday evening during the events in Dallas. (Twitter)

…”If you're pro-Black Lives Matter, you're assumed to be anti-police, and if you're pro-police, then you surely hate black people. When in reality, you can be pro-cop and pro-black, which is what we should all be.” Trevor Noah (Comedy Central; The Daily Show)

“I believe in live and let live. I guess my intent was to satisfy myself…” Don Christie, of Sheridan, Indiana, whose Fourth of July parade float was a golf cart decorated with Donald Trump presidential campaign signs and American flags. On one end of the vehicle was a motif of a lion with the words “African lion” on a sign underneath it. At the other end was an effigy of President Barack Obama waving, placed on top of a bucket (or toilet) that says “Royal Flush” with the words “Lying-African.” The parade committee in Sheridan says next year they'll apply some scrutiny to floats before they are approved to participate. (WFYI, Indiana Week in Review; WTHR)

“All told, the [Trump presidential] campaign has spent over six million dollars at Trump-owned businesses out of about 63 million spent by the end of May.” Chuck Todd (NBC, Meet the Press)

“I don't know. I'll let you know after it happens.” Presumptive Republican nominee for president Donald Trump, responding to the question of if he would quit the job upon being elected. (New York Times, Twitter)

“You hear this a lot: that if [a] war was [undertaken] by improper means or…lost, then the soldiers…who lost their lives will have died in vain. Not only do I object to this reasoning, I find it repellent…The soldier does not serve in vain if the soldier serves. Period.” Mike Pesca (Slate/Panoply, The Gist)


Approximately one of every ten people in Iceland traveled to France to cheer on the Icelandic team in the European Football Championships. Iceland is the smallest country ever to qualify for the tournament. (MSNBC)

In Indiana, only eight out of 100 poor families receive cash assistance through TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families). The average monthly benefit for a single adult with two kids is 290 dollars. After the federal government reformed the welfare program, TANF funds are distributed through block grants to states. Indiana is one of many who use the majority of their funds on things other than cash assistance to families in need. (APM Marketplace, The Uncertain Hour)

The casualty count from the June 28th attack on Turkey's Ataturk airport has risen to 42. Out of 239 injured persons, more than half of them still remain hospitalized. (CNN)

The casualty count from the July 3 bombing in Baghdad, Iraq had risen to 250 persons as of July 6th. (BBC)


About This:

From Facebook

This is the image that kept filling Facebook on posts attempting to share video footage of the shooting of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana this week. This video was too graphically violent for Facebook, but not to be shown for several hours straight on CNN. And it wasn't too graphically violent not to happen.

Facebook demonstrated more restraint than did a major news network. Major news network, besides showing the video countless times with only a tiny red bar warning viewers, also exercised the following poor judgments in reporting the Alton Sterling shooting: interviewing a man who opened by saying he was involved in the investigation and couldn't comment. Major news network kept him on-air for many, many questions anyway. No one learned a thing. Major news network then allowed a reporter whose family knows the victim and the victim's family and who also personally knows some of the lawyers and investigators in Baton Rouge involved in the case to remain reporting on the story for more than two hours. The reporter was honest and forthright. Where was the producer, however? This was Bad Journalism 101. And the repetitions of the video almost can't be qualitatively defined: once or twice is newsworthy and important. More than that? An insensitive degradation of the value of a human life.

But Then Again, Maybe…: According to some (on Facebook, of course) “None of these horrific events that are happening are surprising to me. The Bible clearly warns us of these events. We are in the End Times, people. If you don't know Jesus, NOW is the time to make Him your friend!!!”


At Least There is This:

U.S. Dept of Interior, Twitter: Sunset at the Grand Canyon


And a Big Thanks to Whoever Made This Sign:


As ever: quotations do not necessarily imply endorsement of persons or ideas.



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