Jaco:  The Blues will probably go to Trump’s White House. Here’s why I think they shouldn’t
Jun17

Jaco: The Blues will probably go to Trump’s White House. Here’s why I think they shouldn’t

Ryan O’Reilly, Blues center, MVP of the Stanley Cup Finals and native of Clinton, Ontario, said during the party with a quarter-million of the closest friends downtown Saturday, “This is a city of amazing hockey fans, amazingly nice people and amazing drinkers,” thus making St. Louis sound like a Canadian city. We could only hope, since being Canadian would mean national health care, a government that wouldn’t stand for half the city...

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Missouri abortion laws, old and new, are about shame, not health
Jun14

Missouri abortion laws, old and new, are about shame, not health

When mother of two Jennifer Box discovered she was pregnant in 2017, she was ecstatic. That feeling turned to horror when, at 13 weeks, she received genetic test results showing the fetus carried an extra chromosome number 18, a condition called Trisomy 18. Trisomy 18 kills 88 percent of infants who have it within the first year of life – a year filled with surgeries, fluid-filled lungs, a tiny head causing major neurological...

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Jaco:  The potential president more dangerous than Donald Trump:  Josh Hawley
Jun11

Jaco: The potential president more dangerous than Donald Trump: Josh Hawley

If you believe the New Testament, John the Baptist was filthy and bug-eyed, wandering homeless from village to village, terrifying small children and raving about the coming of the Messiah. When amazed residents would ask him whether he himself was the Promised One, the Baptist brushed them aside, muttering, “He who is coming after me is mightier than I.” In America’s dark mirror of homegrown fascism, white supremacists and Christian...

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Still plenty of secrecy surrounding officers who made racist Facebook posts
Jun09

Still plenty of secrecy surrounding officers who made racist Facebook posts

There’s an old saying in police work: “If criminals weren’t stupid, we’d never catch them.” Ironically, the same is true of the St. Louis police officers who degraded the reputation of the entire department and insulted 54 percent of the city they’re supposed to serve and protect by smearing racist, bigoted and violent posts all over Facebook for years: Their arrogance, entitlement and stupidity led them to think they’d never be...

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Jaco Report:  Psych tests, licenses and firings. Cures for racism among police?
Jun06

Jaco Report: Psych tests, licenses and firings. Cures for racism among police?

Upset with what they see as a flaccid City Hall response to a barrage of racist and violent Facebook posts by current and former St. Louis police officers, critics of police racism — a state senator, a black police organization’s attorney, and a Washington University scholar of racist policing — are proposing specific solutions to the problem of bigotry in the St. Louis police department ranks: aggressive psychological screenings,...

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