Tagged: gun control

Walk this world

Eurovision is what the recent Met gala should have been.

Détournement has a temporary effect, nothing more.

Will Iran use children on the front line again as it did in its war with Iraq?

Westboro were MAGAts before there were MAGAts. Proto-MAGAts.

Fox News is a boutique for paranoid style politics and its adherents. There’s no need for Democrats to venture into a space that is impervious to reason.

Bernie is strapped for cash due to poor fundraising. Progs should jump to Warren, who is a better candidate than Sanders (less baggage and, obviously, no misogynistic following).

Biden is assuming that once Trump is out, Senate Republicans will have no interest in protecting his “legacy.” A better argument is that his coattails will be superior to those of non-Democrat Sanders (hence, flipping the Senate).

In reality, Biden has worked with the other guys (even during the Obama era). However, most of those guys have departed, and have been replaced by the children of Palin and Trump.

The US is filled with people who believe the Second Amendment gives them the right to be killed by a gun. They will never relinquish this right.

Orlando

It is sad that major institutions like the Roman Church and the US Republican Party promote homophobia. In a place like the US, medieval monotheism + promiscuous gun laws lead to mass murder.

The problem Fox News doesn’t recognise is that perpetrator’s motives directly overlap with those of arch-conservative religious institutions and conservative politicians in the US. All share a common hatred of homosexuality. Fox News has long provided a platform for bigotry, especially religious freedom “anti-gay” bigots such as Mike Huckabee.

Mr Trump has promised to ban immigration from many countries, to establish full diplomatic relations with the NRA, and to establish a Muslim Stasi. Anything to avoid sensible gun safety legislation to replace the promiscuous gun laws on the books.

Betsy on the roof

The NRA would endorse a dictator as long as s/he kept America’s promiscuous gun laws in place.

Venezuela’s President Maduro blames the US for the current economic chaos in his country. If that’s true, Mr Maduro is best CIA agent. Ever.

At least Mr Maduro won’t be pelted with eggs (there are none).

Fossil fuel dependent socialism is a political and ecological dead end.

The Sanders campaign has run out of ideas and is running out of time. The candidate must now decide whether he wants to lose like a winner or lose like a loser.

Colorado Springs

America’s promiscuous gun laws have claimed nine new victims (three dead, six wounded) in Colorado.

These promiscuous gun laws cause Americans to live in fear of terror at the shopping mall, the movie theatre, the elementary school, and the women’s health care clinic.

Promiscuous gun laws + anti-abortion extremism = domestic terrorism.

Symbolic violence is a gateway to physical violence. Hot anti-abortion rhetoric from public officials and Republican candidates (e.g., Carly Fiorina et al.) provides justification for morally unhinged, right-wing individuals and/or groups to act out violently.

Time loves a hero

If civilisation is measured by the absence of gun violence, then the US is one of the most uncivilised places on earth. From the National Rifle Manufacturers Association and its paid politicians to the yokel libertarian sheriff in Oregon, the bulwark of barbarism is immense and apparently impenetrable by the forces of reason.

The only practical conclusion I can draw from this latest incident of barbarism, and the predictable reaction to it, is that Americans (#notallAmericans) prefer to expose themselves and their fellow citizens to the real risk of death posed by gun violence than the hypothetical risk of death posed by “tyranny.”

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The meeting between Kim Davis and Pope Francis represents grave evil. As a Jesuit, the Pope should know better than to do anything that might be perceived as support for a barnyard religious bigot.

On a desolate road to becoming a plumber

Too many Americans take their Second Amendment “liberty” as a license to kill.

Americans can’t even hold a peaceful rally without firing weapons.

Dealing the instruments of death is big business in America.

Americans are addicted to guns. The NRA is the dealer.

Real men don’t need guns.

Real men can assemble Ikea products without reading the instructions.

Own goal

Mayonnaise is a staple of economy of scarcity.

Hip hop is well into middle age. It is an exhausted musical form.

It’s time to disarm police forces in the US as a public safety measure.

Populism, left or right, frequently walks hand in hand with chauvinism and xenophobia. It should not be encouraged.

Class wars are also culture wars. Always have been. Only traditionalist Marxists fail to notice this fact.

Marxist theory is dead. Marxist common sense is revenant.