Adding to the steaming pile of shite that is Cliven Bundy and his gun fetishizing fanboys.
First, this entire incident speaks to the continued power of right-wing mythology. For many of the protesters, this isn’t about a rogue rancher as much as it’s a stand against “tyranny” personified in Barack Obama and his administration.
Second, it won’t happen, but right-wing media ought to be condemned for their role in fanning the flames of this standoff. After years of decrying Obama’s “lawlessness” and hyperventilating over faux scandals, it’s galling to watch conservatives applaud actual lawbreaking and violent threats to federal officials.
Finally, I can’t help but wonder how conservatives would react if these were black farmers—or black anyone—defending “their” land against federal officials. Would Fox News applaud black militiamen aiming their guns at white bureaucrats?
Somehow, given the degree to which right-wing media traffic in racial paranoia, I think we’d be looking at a different situation if the Bundy Ranch belonged to a bunch of black people. And as someone who closely follows the regular incidents of lethal police violence against blacks and Latinos, I also wonder whether law enforcement would be as tepid against a group of armed African-Americans. Judging from past events, I’m not so sure.
The school-to-prison pipeline, to my mind, is the most insidious arm of this country’s prison-industrial complex. Under the guise of protecting our children, we push many of them out of school and into prisons, limit their opportunities, fail to and/or undereducate them, all while feeding our addiction to mass incarceration and retribution that is not justice at all. That the students who find themselves funneled into the school-to-prison pipeline are predominantly black is further proof that the United States system of racist oppression chugs along through the rhetoric of colorblindness.
More via my favourite siren of demagoguery and treachery. <3
Politicians from Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak to the brothers Ford at Toronto City Hall have repeatedly dismissed LRTs as little better than streetcars.
“It’s willful ignorance or deliberate mischaracterization,” one senior transit official said privately.
Once again … stupidity is not a civic virtue.
Source: The Globe and Mail
Ford, Stintz, Murray, Hunter and Wynne have just demonstrated that changing a fully funded LRT plan for a subway is entirely acceptable. I’m not sure what logic one would use to say it’s okay to tear up one plan on one route but not okay to do the very same thing for all other routes. This is a problem created entirely by the Liberals’ willingness to abandon good planning for votes earlier this year. Now we can’t pretend to be surprised that Toronto now wants to kill the LRT plans in favour of Subways after being told for months, by all levels of government, that subways are better.
Kevin Richardson, on a Facebook comment thread. See how easy it is for misgovernment to take root? You don’t even need an ignorant idiot for a mayor. All that’s required is spineless unprincipled pandering from people who should know better …
If policemen and doctors would just do their jobs, we wouldn’t have any crime or any death.
Look, I know you cops like hanging out at Dunkin Donuts most of the day. I know you doctors like playing golf every afternoon. But if you want to keep your cushy jobs, you’re going to have to step up and show us some RESULTS to justify your pay.
If a police department has more than three crimes per month committed in its jurisdiction, funding for the department will be cut, and some police officers will have to be fired until the crime rate goes down. If a two or more patients under a doctor’s care die (for any reason) in a single year, fifty-percent of that doctor’s salary will be garnished by the government, and he will risk losing his medical license if the survival rates do not improve.
Now, I already hear you complaining. “I’m a police officer in a dangerous area. We risk our lives each day, and we can’t afford to lose funding or manpower.” Or, “I’m a doctor who specializes in treating cancer patients and the elderly. I work as hard as I can to keep them alive against incredible odds.”
Well, guess what? Nobody forced you to become a police officer or a doctor. Get with the program, or get out of the field.
I’d question the use of the word “conservative” in this context (there you go again with your picky-ass pendantry … - ed.), but otherwise: hellz yeah.
(Large popcorn, please. With butter.)
How stupid does one have to be to vote for a candidate who makes no secret of the fact that he/she wants to see you panhandling on a corner to get enough coins for your daily can of cat food, which you will consume inside your cardboard box in an alley, while trying to survive another day of your “golden years”? Can hatred (for the POTUS, Dems in general, or for the poor,) alone explain this level of recklessness and ignorance? And even if it does, why are they so full of hate? Where did we go wrong with these folks?
Teabaggers, folks. They’re here for the rest of what passes for their lives.
The whole broken debate over transit technology is emblematic of how the council under Mayor Ford has come to treat the city as a set of warring factions—neighbourhoods and classes and narrowly sliced interest groups pitted against each other in a zero-sum game for a pool of increasingly limited resources. The idea of Toronto as a home we all share, and the reality that individual parts of the city cannot succeed at the expense of the whole, is shouted down, tossed under the subway in favour of electoral jockeying. This is no way to run a transit system. Or a city.