Second Amendment Activist Shoots At Carload of Children in Road Rage Incident (Video) | Americans Against the Tea Party
America. Open Carry. Stand Your Ground. Because guns.
America. Open Carry. Stand Your Ground. Because guns.
Back in May Mike Hudack posted a rant about the state of the news media. The gist of it is: here we are in 2014, the Internet is at scale — the mobile internet is in the pockets of 30% of adults worldwide and social networks are at a proportionate scale and yet the news media seems to be becoming more and more dumb. Put another way: the world of news creation and access have been blown open and yet most news organizations have hollowed out their news capabilities and are posting the trivial listicles about “28 young couples you should know”.
H/t one of my fave gurus: Mathew Ingram. Zay geszundt, landsmann.
Ian Reifowitz rightly spanks Mr. McBobo — er, Very Serious Person and New York Times columnist David Brooks.
I sometimes wonder whether lobotomies are mandatory before you can be a pundit.
After Open Carry Texas first brought guns into Target stores, the gun control group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America started putting pressure on the activists to keep their firearms out of the stores.
“Moms have their eye on Target because it’s a place we take our children to shop — and we’ve been disturbed by some of the demonstrations that gun extremists have held with loaded rifles inside and outside some stores. Assault rifles have no place in the baby aisle,” Erika Soto Lamb, a spokeswoman for the group, told the Wall Street Journal.
America. Where you actually have to tell people to keep their penis substitutes out of the baby aisle.
The math, McKibben explained, works like this. Global leaders recently came to an international agreement based on the scientific understanding that a global temperature raise of 2°C would have “catastrophic” consequences for the future of humanity. In order to raise global temperatures to this catastrophic threshold, the world would have to release 565 gigatons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Here’s the problem: Fossil fuel companies currently have 2,795 gigatons of carbon dioxide in their fuel reserves—and their business model depends on that fuel being sold and burned. At current rates of consumption, the world will have blown through its 565-gigaton threshold in 16 years.
To prevent the end of the world as we know it, it will require no less than the death of the most profitable industry in the history of humankind.
Sure, why not? Let’s take out the fossil-fuel complex.
Just a few hours ago, I was handling a piece that talked about Desmond Tutu and his description of the Alberta tar sands as ‘filth.’ I’m starting to think maybe he didn’t go far enough.
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.
More on this "independent rancher" bullshit.
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.
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 …
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