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Links post for 2016-07-25 to 2016-07-31

Links post for 2016-07-18 to 2016-07-24

Just one this week.

  • Donald Trump is a unique threat to American democracy
    • “The party’s failure of judgment leaves the nation’s future where it belongs, in the hands of voters. Many Americans do not like either candidate this year . We have criticized the presumptive Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, in the past and will do so again when warranted. But we do not believe that she (or the Libertarian and Green party candidates, for that matter) represents a threat to the Constitution. Mr. Trump is a unique and present danger.”

Links post for 2016-07-11 to 2016-07-17

This week has been disturbing, no matter who you are. I don’t have anything on Turkey, or India, or Baton Rouge, except to say that I wish for peace and safety for everyone. This week’s post is a short one.

  • Donald Trump’s speech introducing Mike Pence showed why he shouldn’t be president – As an expat Hoosier, I’m simultaneous relieved that Pence is finally done with Indiana government and terrified at the idea of him and Trump in office. It’s going to be interesting watching two men who probably can’t stand each other pretend to get along because they’re both delusional and driven to seek power. Good thing I enjoy schadenfreude.
  • Trump, seeking GOP unity, has tense meeting with Senate Republicans – This article is actually from last week, but I saw it Monday. Describes an absolute train wreck of a meeting, full of paragraphs like

    “I wasn’t particularly impressed,” Sanford said. “It was the normal stream of consciousness that’s long on hyperbole and short on facts. At one point, somebody asked about Article I powers: What will you do to protect them? I think his response was, ‘I want to protect Article I, Article II, Article XII,’ going down the list. There is no Article XII.”

An Open Letter to the CrossFit Games staff

Dear CrossFit Games staff,
I’m a relatively new member of the CrossFit community. I stepped into a gym for the first time last December, and had a blast participating in the Open this spring (scaling most of the events). I’m writing because I’m very uncomfortable with the announcement on Instagram ( that Glock handguns will be used as prizes at this year’s Games.
While I fully support the rights of Games athletes and officials to own and use firearms responsibly, offering them as rewards for an athletic competition sends the wrong message for several reasons. At the very least, this announcement implies that the Games do not respect an individual athlete’s wish whether or not to own a gun and do not care whether an athlete would be able to pass a background check.
Furthermore, the timing of this announcement is tone-deaf and insensitive to the current dialog in America. In the past month alone we have seen far too many well-publicized instances of gun violence, many of which have targeted marginalized groups. When minorities are being killed for possessing weapons they are licensed to carry (despite complying with police instructions), for the Games to offer out Glocks like candy is highly offensive and damages the public perception of the entire CrossFit community.
I’m hopeful that the CrossFit Games will reconsider, and cancel the planned handgun prizes and any sponsorship arrangements with Glock.
Mike Paxton
(a copy of this letter was also sent to


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