Another day, another gaffe
The more you hear presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, the more you wonder if he even realizes what he says.
He painted Black Americans as monolithic in an interview with National Public Radio's Lulu Garcia-Navarro last week, comparing them to Latinos, who he said were "very diverse."
The host was asking whether Biden would seek to improve relations with Cuba.
"Yes," he said.
Biden then added, "And by the way, what you all know, but most people don't know, unlike the African American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community, with incredibly different attitudes about different things ... it's a very diverse community."
Like most left-wing media members, Garcia-Navarro didn't follow up by asking what the Democrat meant, why Blacks were not diverse or how Latinos were more diverse than Blacks.
If President Trump were to say such a thing, he would be termed a racist. Ironically, the same day, the Biden campaign released an ad aimed at Black voters comparing Trump to "violent racists" of the past.
Here's your sign
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak recently signed legislation to send mail-in ballots to all active registered voters for the 2020 presidential election.
He might have waited for the results of mail-in ballots in the state's Clark County to see what a bad idea that is.
Of the 1,325,934 ballots mailed to registered voters for June's primary election, 17% were returned as "undeliverable." Imagine that 17% of voters of any city, state or the nation being disenfranchised.
Democrats want as much balloting as possible for the fall election to be done by mail, where it can be most easily manipulated, and leftist newscasters daily tell listeners how safe the practice is.
Clark County is just one more example of how such a practice just cannot be done on the fly.
"These numbers show how vote by mail fails," Public Interest Legal Foundation President J. Christian Adams said in a statement. "New proponents of mail balloting don't often understand how it actually works. States like Oregon and Washington spent many years building their mail voting systems and are notably aggressive with voter list maintenance efforts. Pride in their own systems does not ... transfer across state lines. Nevada, New York, and others are not and will not be ready for November."
For comparison's sake, for the 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018 general elections combined, the entire state of Nevada had just 5,863 mail-in ballots as "undeliverable." Anyone see a train wreck coming?
Not in my backyard
Robert Reich, the former secretary of labor in the Clinton administration and now a professor at the University of California Berkeley, is all for Wall Street executives investing in cities by funding low-income housing projects. But when it comes to his own neighborhood, not so much.
A proposed development in his neighborhood would raze a dilapidated building and replace it with a 10-unit structure that would include low-income housing.
But, no, said Reich, whose commentaries are often carried on the Chattanooga Times editorial page, Berkeley's Landmarks Preservation Commission should designate the structure, known as the Payson House, as a landmark in order to stop the development. The proposed development would, he said, "destroy the 'charm' of an older era of Berkeley."
The wealthy liberal only recently praised a "promising initiative" in nearby San Francisco that is to construct affordable housing units. But he doesn't want anything similar near him.
"If historic preservation means anything," Reich wrote, "it means maintaining enough of the character of an older neighborhood to remind people of its history and provide continuity with the present. Development for the sake of development makes no sense when it imposes social costs like this."
Finally someone asked us
Thousands of black and white Americans have protested police and demanded the defunding of police since the May death of a Black Minneapolis man by excessive force, but they failed to ask the people who police protect daily what they thought.
But Gallup did.
A late June-early July poll said 81% of Black Americans want police to spend "more" or "the same amount of time" in their community. Only 19% said they wanted to see less of police.
"[T]hey value the need for the service that police provide," the survey agency said in a news release.
The same is true of Hispanic Americans, 83% of whom would like police to spend the same or more time in their community. Among white Americans, 71% say police presence in their community should be the same.
Even with a history in which some law enforcement officers have mistreated Blacks who were in their custody, 61% of Blacks are "very" or "somewhat" confident police will treat them with courtesy and respect. That rises to 77% with Hispanics, 78% with Asian Americans and 91% with white Americans.