A week in review: July 17th, 2016

It was a hell of a week last week, wasn’t it? I’m trying to find the quote, but I vaguely remember reading something about how sometimes decades happen in a week.

This week ending July 17th felt like one of those weeks.

In no particular order:

Sanders endorses Clinton

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Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders buried the hatchet Tuesday, as the 74-year-old self-avowed democratic socialist from Vermont endorsed the living, breathing incarnation of everything he and his followers claimed to have devoted their lives to fighting.

Needless to say, some of his fans were less than pleased:

Hillary Clinton has to be a dream candidate for Republicans considering the sheer magnitude of baggage the Clinton family carries.

I imagine Sanders could have won the primary contest easily, but apparently didn’t have the spine nor stomach to mount and see through the kind of campaign needed to take out a supremely, astonishing dirty candidate.

I’ll admit I voted for him in the 1 Mar. primaries here in Texas, and save for that I’m also not a Democrat.

Hillary isn’t an option for me so I still don’t know exactly what I’m doing this November.

I’m almost certainly not alone:

Trump picks Indiana Governor Mike Pence as VP candidate

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Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump says Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his Vice Presidential pick.

Some immediately made hay over the logo revealed:

 

 

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The widely-ridiculed logo didn’t last long:

ABC News ran what I feel is a decent enough rundown on Mike Pence and the New York Times published a comparison between Trump and Pence on the issues some might find helpful.

Pence is the kind of Republican I’ve opposed in the past and still very much do, the kind of Republicans who, very much like Democrats in their own right, want to extend the reach of the state further into every corner of your life, whether it be into your bedroom or your game room.

Pence’s most well known act as governor was perhaps to sign into law Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Also known as Senate Bill 101, Indiana’s RFRA, among other things, would have allowed businesses to refuse services to LGBT people and put Indiana on a possible collision course with the NCAA, which is headquartered in Indianapolis.

Even Republican mayors balked at it, and Pence walked it back almost immediately, the reaction to which highlighted potential rifts between the business community and religious/social conservatives in the Republican party.

 

Terrorist kills 84 in Bastille Day attack

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The French tourist destination of Nice, France Thursday saw it’s share of terrorism when a truck plowed into a crowd of Bastile Day reveellers, killing 84 and wounding another 200.

The assailant was later identified as 31-year-old Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, a French citizen born in Tunisia who was shot to death by police.

Several people have been detained or arrested by French authorities in connection with the attack.

At a memorial event for the victims of the Bastille Day attack, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls was not greeted warmly when he told members of the French public that they must “learn to live with terrorism”.

This was the deadliest attack since the Bataclan massacre in Paris, the more gruesome details of which may have been covered up by the French government.

 

3 Officers dead in Baton Rouge ambush

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A Missouri man shot and killed three police officers in an ambush in Baton Rouge Sunday amidst heightened tensions over five officers killed in another ambush-style attack in Dallas just ten days prior.

The Baton Rogue assailant, identified as 29-year-old Gavin Long of Kansas City, reportedly acted alone though his attack still underscores the emotionally charged atmosphere across the nation surrounding the officer-involved shooting deaths of Alton Sterling in Baton Rogue and the shooting by police of Philando Castile in Minnesota.

Monday July 18th, 2016

All of the above is in addition to the coup attempt staged by elements of the Turkish military, after which the U.S. and E.U. urged President Recep Tayyip Erdogan not to go completely apeshit but he already is anyway.

I’m going to try to do this every week by Sunday if possible, even when decades seem to happen in a single week and even when this is what the world feels like at times: