Open your eyes.
New age Genocide
Guns became central to the Panthers’ identity, as they taught their early recruits that “the gun is the only thing that will free us — gain us our liberation.”
The Panthers responded to racial violence by patrolling black neighborhoods brandishing guns — in an effort to police the police. The fear of black people with firearms sent shockwaves across white communities, and conservative lawmakers immediately responded with gun-control legislation.
Then Gov. Ronald Reagan, now lauded as the patron saint of modern conservatism, told reporters in California that he saw “no reason why on the street today a citizen should be carrying loaded weapons.” Reagan claimed that the Mulford Act, as it became known, “would work no hardship on the honest citizen.” The NRA actually helped craft similar legislation in states across the country. Fast-forward to 2013, and it is a white-male dominated NRA, largely made up of Southern conservatives and gun owners from the Midwest and Southwestern states, that argues “do not tread on me” in the gun debate.
Tracking license plates, walking picket lines, harassing employees and misleading patients — anti-choice protesters have a plethora of tactics for accomplishing their No. 1 goal: eradicating abortion in America.
Just how far these advocates are willing to go was highlighted in undercover audio secretly recorded from a mass training session of Texas pro-life abortion protesters and released by Progress Texas this week.
What is this carrot looking fuck trying to do this time
carrot looking fuck = new fave insult
I have yet to hear it explained more succinctly.
“Fiscally conservative but socially liberal” is a hip, trendy way of saying “I still think poor kids are being too grabby with this whole ‘wanting food’ thing, but I also like weed.”
Our country suffers from an epidemic that’s uniquely horrible in the developed world. Gun violence is twenty times worse in the United States than in any other developed country. Worst of all, it inflicts damage on our children in the place where they should feel safest — at school.
Shootings take place at schools almost every week in this country. In fact, Everytown for Gun Safety has documented every time a gun was shot on school grounds since the Sandy Hook tragedy. They’ve found that in the 77 weeks since that day, there have been 74 school shootings. These 74 shootings reflect an even more disturbing statistic — eight children and teens die from gun violence every day.
But it’s more than just a statistic. It’s eight families who will never see their most precious gift ever again.
My son Blair was an honors student. He was the most important thing in my life. And in 2007 a gang member killed him — and injured four others — on his way home from school on a public bus with many of his classmates. Blair died trying to save another girl’s life. He was just another innocent bystander whose life was cut short because a gun was in the wrong hands.
But to CNN and other media outlets, murders like my son’s don’t count. You see, they looked at the list of 74 school shootings and picked and chose the 15 they thought were worthy of mentioning. Their reasoning? Because our innocent sons and daughters are killed by gang members, they don’t deserve a spot on the list.
According to their own count of school shootings, the ones with “personal arguments, accidents and alleged gang activities and drug deals” don’t merit mention.
Whenever a gun is fired at school, parents are rightfully terrified. Students are rightfully terrified. Try explaining to a shocked and devastated community that the school shooting it’s mourning is disqualified because the gun was fired as the result of a “personal argument.”
I suppose if your innocent son is shot by a gang member, it doesn’t make the cut. Or if he was shot in an “accidental” shooting (how it’s an accident that a gun wound up on school grounds to begin with is beyond me). Or if he pulled a gun out in a classroom and shot himself. Or if he got into a “personal argument” and was shot down in the type of mild playground fight that happens every day in schools, but turned deadly in that instance because a gun was present.
Maybe I should be giving CNN credit because they’ve managed to do something Washington politicians could not. They’ve reduced the number of school shootings across the country. But their insistence that 59 school shootings — which have killed 25 people and injured 40 others — don’t matter isn’t much consolation to parents like me.
Maybe I’m being selfish to think that my son’s murder isn’t discredited by the fact that he was shot by a gang member. Or any of the other horrible episodes of gun violence that gangs perpetrate all over the country. Let’s discuss solutions for keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people — gang members, criminals, the seriously mentally ill — but we can’t address the violence if we don’t even acknowledge these shootings exist.
The fact is, 33 lives are cut short by homicide by gun every day (and some 50 more by suicide), and each of those cases deserves our attention. The families of victims deserve our sympathy, not our scrutiny. And they also deserve some basic reforms, like closing the loophole that allows criminals to go online and buy a gun without a background check.
There is no single solution that will stop every instance of gun violence. But there are simple measures that are proven to save lives and enjoy the support of 90 percent of Americans. CNN can do its part to make a safer America by holding the politicians who reject these measures accountable, and not by sweeping gang violence, suicides, and “personal arguments” that turn deadly under the rug.
A poignant letter from Annette Holt, a Chicago Fire Department Battalion Chief and mother of Blair, who was killed in 2007 from gun violence.
I can’t imagine losing a child. I don’t even want to think about it. It’s a parent’s worst nightmare. I’m grateful to Annette Holt for telling her story and challenging the media. I hope more parents speak out. More than that, I hope laws change until reasons to write such letters and tell such stories - will no longer exist.
Ronald Reagan, 17 June 1966
Oh, but tell us again what a wonderful human being that fucking piece of shit republican was.
Oliver North has a career in right wing media because no one at FOX can remember North selling military weapons to Iran. The country that FOX routinely calls to be invaded, was armed by their own pundit.
And that is how GOP fiction, criminal activity, enabling your enemies through your own policies, and hypocrisy are the main ingredients for creating a bizarro universe for conservatives to invent their false narratives.
So can we talk about the fact that being unemployed and thus able to access Neighborhood Health (state-mandated healthcare access, thanks Obamacare) means that -I have the best…
So, for [news networks], we present a comprehensive reusable one-size-fits-all mass shooting coverage go kit to get everybody back to apathy as quickly as possible.
In 2010, there were 8 school shootings in the US.
In 2011, there were 10.
In 2012, there were 14.
In 2013? 28.
If that doesn’t horrify you, then I don’t know what would.
I’ve said this before and I’ll point it out again -
Menstruation is caused by change in hormonal levels to stop the creation of a uterine lining and encourage the body to flush the lining out. The body does this by lowering estrogen levels and raising testosterone.
Or, to put it more plainly “That time of the month” is when female hormones most closely resemble male hormones. So if (cis) women aren’t suited to office at “That time of the month” then (cis) men are NEVER suited to office.
If you are a dude and don’t dig the ladies around you at their time of the month, just think! That is you all of the time.
And, on a final note, post-menopausal (cis) women are the most hormonally stable of all human demographics. They have fewer hormonal fluctuations of anyone, meaning older women like Hilary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren would theoretically be among the least likely candidates to make an irrational decision due to hormonal fluctuations, and if we were basing our leadership decisions on hormone levels, then only women over fifty should ever be allowed to hold office.
Reblogging hard for that last comment.
I WANTED TO SAY THIS BUT THEN SOMEONE ELSE DID and I’m damn proud.
this is the greatest thing for many reasons
if hillary doesn’t get the democratic party nomination in 2016, i’m writing her in. i’m tired of voting for the candidate i dislike less. (and i live in a blue state, so it’s not like my vote is super-important :P )