"Freedom of the press is limited to those who own one". --A. J. Liebling (I own this Blog, GET-IT?) --DA
"Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self." --Cyril Connolly
"The most important political office is that of the private citizen."--Louis D. Brandeis"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." --Margaret Mead
“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”--Martin Luther King Jr.
"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime." - Innocents Abroad -- Mark Twain
"It liberates the vandal to travel--you never saw a bigoted, opinionated, stubborn, narrow-minded, self-conceited, almighty mean man in your life but he had stuck in one place since he was born and thought God made the world and dyspepsia and bile for his especial comfort and satisfaction." - The American Abroad speech, 1868 - Mark Twain
Travel has no longer any charm for me. I have seen all the foreign countries I want to except heaven & hell & I have only a vague curiosity about one of those. - Letter to W. D. Howells, 5/20/1891 - Mark Twain
Already I have seen the same NRA-like challenging questions that gun-supporters ask of any / all commenters who suggest increased gun regulation when a mass shooting occurs.
Each time suggested solutions are offered.
Regardless of how thoughtfully crafted, no matter how logical and sensible and even how protective the suggested solutions are to 2nd amendment rights, the opposition remains stubbornly static and predictably offers no compromise.
Offering up suggested legislative solutions for dissection by NRA-canned, preformed, lobbyist-like argumentative replies is pointless.
At this point I personally, as a voter, choose to support any and all legislative proposals which might, regardless of how remotely, inhibit these occurrences.
I have no more patience or tolerance for the debate and I do not wish to hear anymore of the NRA-scripted arguments against regulation because I have heard them all and I have concluded that they are largely nonsensical in the greater scheme of things.
So while questions about what legislation might help will bait some others to reenter that tired, old, debate with NRA-supporters, I won't be one of them.
My mind is made up and I will be as resolute in my support of increased gun regulation efforts as the NRA will be opposed to same.
I have no regard for efforts to shout down the calls for greater regulation. Going forward I will forever support any / all efforts to inhibit the use of guns to kill innocent members of the public and I will never be shouted down by those opposed to greater regulation.
Done & done.
"Drafted by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and co-signed by 46 Republican senators, the letter was a not-so-subtle threat to Iran that any international agreement reached with President Barack Obama on Iran's nuclear program would unravel under his successor."
Tom Cotton is probably too stupid to be aware of the Logan Act.
I would support the Justice Department if they arrested Cotton and his 46 cohorts and jailed them for sedition and or treason. If found guilty I think a firing squad is too good for them.
Don't recycle with Goodwill.
This is an important video to watch.
Anyone who pauses to watch and then to THINK must come to the conclusion that America is shooting itself in the foot.
You cannot continue to support the path that we are collectively on and remain proud of your nation. You can't.
This is not just a racial issue.
It is fundamental to the whole foundation of our nation.
Look back at how and why this nation was founded and you cannot fail to see how the path we are on leads backwards toward the very things that caused our founding father to revolt against. Please take action to reverse this backward travel.
Michelle Alexander is correct when she says that politics as usual cannot meet this challenge. We need a bigger, more grass roots effort. Politics are too corrupted; too tied to monies. We need a newer and more powerful, and all-encompassing human rights movement which helps ALL of We-The-People, and beyond to all peoples.
Please watch and share:
I always get a chuckle from the indignation of bible-thumpers who take exception to my outspoken support of the notion that churches should have their tax-exempt status revoked.
They almost always find it necessary to resort to personal attacks and insults in expressing their opposition to that opinion of mine. Interestingly, so far they have all been Christians who identify with the deep south, for some reason.
Typically their rants will include some commentary about how their particular flavor of organized religion is superior to some other forms of organized religion, and so I should heed their advice or burn in hell, etc.
They always end their unsolicited rants with how they are going to pray for me, when they should be praying for all the alter-boys those hypocrites have sodomized.
They're never staisfied to make their case in one comment, preferring instead to copy and paste the same exact rant multiple times which telegraphs the level of their anger & frustrations. That's funny too.
Here is an indisputable, undeniable, documentable FACT which none has ever been willing to directly address:
Organized religion is directly responsible for more death and destruction over the history of mankind than all other causes combined. Go ahead, try making excuses and denials of that fact all you want, I'll enjoy the laugh.
Almost without fail they will include the misguided and misinformed historical reference to how this country was founded as a Christian nation and how all the founding fathers were religious, practically saints; priests at the very least. All of which has been debunked a million times over, but they remain in denial. Their confusion can be forgiven because their instruction manual is seriously flawed.
Their rants usually make reference to two documents that few have actually ever fully read, or properly interpreted, the US Constitution and the Bible. None of their rants convey an accurate interpretation or respect for the separation of church & state.
The most recent nonsensical rant this blog received accused "Media Matters" of being an extension of the Government which it is not. Of course, these Conservative whack-jobs always express their very un-Christian-like and hypocritical hatred for all things Government-related. Apparently their charter school curriculum didn't include Civics class so that they could understand that We-The-People ARE the governmnet, either that or they suffer from a ton of self-hatred.
Again, as a long time, taxpaying citizen of this country, I would support revoking the tax exempt status of all churches. There, I've said it again ... sue-me!
I am perfectly happy to continune to share that opinion with my elected representatives at all levels of government, as well as to write and voice the opinion where ever I like, as long as I like, fully exercising my first amendment right to do so, with no regard to the small and weak minded commenters who would attempt to inhibit.
No one will shout me down or otherwise inhibit me from continuing to express this opinion ... ain't gonna happen. If anything, whining and complaining only encourages me to escalate. Newsflash to those who don't understand that being 'resolute' about something is not the same as being angry about something, but nice try.
"Freedom of the press is limited to those who own one". --A. J. Liebling
(I own this Blog, GET-IT?)
I am not going to provide any additional venue for bible-thumpers here. Try your pulpits instead.
I'll close with this: Tea Parties are for little girls with imaginary friends. And when the nation needs an enema the nozzle will be placed in through Texas. ;-)
I am voting YES on 92.
And ya know what else?
If I had never heard or read anything about it before now, I'd still definitely be voting YES on 92 just because I enjoy being a contrarian. The "No on 92" assholes obviously have endless amounts of money because every TV Ad is one of theirs. That tells me all I need to know in order to make an infomred vote.
It will be a sweeter victory knowing how much money the Corporatocracy poured into opposing it.
YES ON 92!
"When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross." --Sinclair Lewis
"If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy." -- James Madison
"When the government fears the people it is a democracy....when the people fear their government it is tyranny..." -- Thomas Jefferson
"The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders...tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger." – Herman Goering - Nazi
"patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels." - Samuel Johnson