Three cops shot in different states?
Incredibly, in St Louis they blame George Bush III. We are nearing End Times.
And here is an interesting freedom of association post at Reason (my emphasis):
Fashion Designers Are Boycotting Melania Trump. Shouldn't Bakers and Florists Have the Same Right?
Free association should not be for powerful liberals only.
"As one who celebrates and strives for diversity, individual freedom, and respect for all lifestyles, I will not participate in dressing or associating in any way with the next First Lady," wrote fashion designer Sophie Theallet in an open letter this week.
People magazine reports Theallet, who has designed and donated clothes for outgoing First Lady Michelle Obama numerous times over the last eight years, may not be alone: "A source tells People, 'This has already been going on for months. Designers wouldn't lend to Melania, Ivanka or Tiffany, so they either bought the items themselves or wore Ivanka's brand. ... There was a lot of shopping their own closets.'"
Interesting but arguably a flawed analogy. Apparently designers routinely lend out dresses to celebs as a promotional gimmick (think about any Red Carpet moment at the Oscars, or wherever, when we are informed that Lena Dunham stunned in a dress by Pringles. I know, just kill me now and end my pain. Can't we change the channel and find something interesting like an NFL game enduring a ten minute booth review?)
So in effect, this designer is saying she won't use the Trumps to advertise her designs. Well, whatever - I suppose she is free to not lend clothes to billionaires. Is this a great country or what?
Her virtue-signalling open letter gets problematic when she says she won't "participate in ... associating in any way with the next First Lady". I assume that legally she can't throw her out of the store or refuse to sell to her based on her husband's politics.
Hmm - if I were a billionaire I would buy a few rags from this designer and donate them to Goodwill. Expand her audience beyond the rich and famous!