Daily Clips: July 8, 2016

SHOOTINGS IN DALLAS: It’s been an incredibly difficult week for America. The media seems eager to paint the Dallas shootings as part of a larger “War on Police.” That is not true; police have reported that the shooter disavowed the Black Lives Matter movement. What this was, was another in a long string of horrific mass shootings. This time, the shooter targeted police officers. Last time, it was gay men. Once, it was Batman fans. The unifying theme in these shootings is that a small number of men choose to use guns to enact their twisted wills on the world, and we make it way too easy for them to get those guns.

JUNE’S JOBS REPORT IS GREAT: Here’s some good news:

The US economy gained 287,000 jobs in June, the strongest monthly result of 2016. The unexpectedly strong result helps put to rest fears of the US economy tipping into recession — a recession that would have been bad for Hillary Clinton’s chances of capturing the White House in November.

Here’s Donald Trump on May’s weak jobs numbers last month:

Weirdly, Trump has yet to tweet about the June numbers. I’m sure it’s just a matter of time.

 HATE LOSES: The anti-transgender bathroom initiative did not make the November ballot in Washington, says Joseph O’Sullivan at the Seattle Times:

The proposed initiative to restrict bathroom and locker-room access for transgender people won’t be on Washington state’s November election ballot.

The campaign in support of Initiative 1515 indicated Thursday it couldn’t gather the 246,000 signatures needed, according to David Ammons, spokesman for the Washington Secretary of State’s Office.

SPEAKING OF LGBT RIGHTS: King County just made a welcome announcement:

The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), the business voice of the LGBT community, is excited to announce that King County Executive Dow Constantine has decided to bring contracting and procurement opportunities to the thousands of LGBT-owned businesses in the region. With a population of more than 2.1 million residents, King County is the 13th-largest county in the United States. It will be just the second county, after Essex County in New Jersey, to track how many contracts are awarded to businesses owners who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender.

 

 

 

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Paul Constant
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