July 11, 2016

Where’s Obama? Healy at the NY Times Expects Candidates to Be ‘Unifying Voice’

In a Sunday front-page report at the New York Times, Patrick Healy, who has been covering the presidential race almost exclusively for well over a year, complained that neither major party’s presidential frontrunner appears to have the capacity to be “a unifying candidate.” After all, as his story’s headline indicated, somebody, right now, needs “to Be (a) Unifying Voice for (the) Nation.”

Hold on there, Patrick. Since when did it become the job of private citizens, neither of whom currently holds political office, to pull the country together when we have a President named Barack Obama who is supposed to be handling that task?

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Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (071116)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: Crack shot by gas station customer ends hostage situation

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From East Ridge, Tennessee:

Posted: 5:25 p.m. Sunday, July 3, 2016

An armed robbery attempt at a Kangaroo gas station turned fatal when a good guy with a gun showed up and took down a suspect holding a female clerk hostage.

According to WDEF, an unidentified robber armed with a knife who had taken an employee hostage after stealing cash and cigarettes was shot and killed when an unidentified man retrieved a gun from his vehicle and shot him in the chest.

The robber has not been identified until next of kin are notified, East Ridge police Capt. Tim Mullinax told WDEF.

“We’re having a difficult time tracking down next of kin of the person who was shot,” Mullinax told WDEF. “Until we do that, we won’t be releasing anyone’s names.”

The police captain went on to give details about how the suspect was taken down.

“They encountered a customer on the front sidewalk. The customer ran back to his vehicle and retrieved a weapon. The suspect who was shot confronted him and he fired at least one round striking him in the body,” he said. …

Go here for the rest of the story.