ICYMI (and CTFD)

10 01 2017

Jefferson City

Now the whole fucking world is losing its fucking minds thinking that fighting in school is now a felony in the Show-Me State.

I’m so old that I can remember there was once a time, (three weeks ago), when I told everybody to calm the fuck down, because it was all bluffing.

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11 01 2017
UlricKerensky

I’m wondering if there’s a difference between state views of what is a felony. Since felony convictions are almost automatic barriers to entering the middle class, a large number of people are, for good reasons, terrified of them. Some states use much higher thresholds to indict or charge for felonies than others. This gives an immense amount of leverage to local prosecutors.

To make things even worse, the NFA provisions don’t distinguish between most classes of felonies, and Congress, GOP or Dem, has refused to let the Government perform it’s statutory requirement to process disputes over disqualifying felony convictions.

The bigger loser of this current state of affairs is prospective entrants into what remains of the middle class that don’t have the social or cultural capital to know how to deal with abusive or threatening prosecutors, and who don’t have larger social groups behind them. For one example, non-connected whites who get roped into the lefts cause de jour.

11 01 2017
UlricKerensky

A summarized version of the above.

Too much discretion and over criminalizing in the hands of local prosecutors ends up hitting the less connected members of the middle class and political foes.

As the KGB showed in the later Soviet Union, one of the cleanest ways to take out potential opposition from political or religious groups was to go after any low level activists early before they drew a following. Same logic behind going after a vendor at a baseball game because she was at a political event.




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