Friday, July 18, 2014

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Monday, June 9, 2014

Start The Counter-Revolution

Another mass shooting in America, this time with some ugly overtones.

Two Las Vegas police officers were killed Sunday in what appears to be a politically motivated ambush in a pizza restaurant that spilled over to a nearby Wal-Mart, where the two shooters committed suicide after killing a woman in the store.

Details are sketchy, but Metropolitan Police Department sources close to the investigation say the shooters shouted that “this is the start of a revolution” before opening fire on the officers, and draped their bodies with cloth showing a Revolutionary War-era flag. Investigators have also found paraphernalia associated with white supremacists.

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Witnesses told police one of the shooters yelled “This is the start of a revolution” before shooting the officers. Gillespie later said he could not confirm that.The shooters then stripped the officers of their weapons and ammunition and badges, according to a law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation. They then covered the officers with something that featured the Gadsden flag, a yellow banner with a coiled snake above the words, “Don’t tread on Me.”

The flag is named for Christopher Gadsden a Revolutionary War general who designed it. It has recently come back in vogue as an adopted symbol of the American tea party movement.

It comes two days after another “sovereign citizen” launched a one-man assault on a courthouse in Georgia.  Even though there’s no connection between the two incidents, these things don’t happen in a vacuum.  This kind of anti-government mentality is being pushed by people who know better but love the attention they get when they claim the president isn’t one of us and they want their country back, presumably back into the hands of the white men whom God decreed should be running the place.

Yes, of course there is the First Amendment and the guarantee of freedom of speech and press from government control, but there is also responsible speech, which means if you provoke people to do really horrible things, you might lose your gig on a reality TV show.  So Sarah Palin, shut the fuck up.

And then there’s the N.R.A. which has gotten our elected representatives so afraid of them that nothing gets done to end the carnage except a lot of hand-wringing and jowl-shaking until the next shiny object — oh look prisoner swap — comes along.  One deranged idiot tries to blow up an airliner with his shoe and we’re kicking off our Thom McAns at the TSA screening for the next ten years.  One deranged kid shoots up an elementary school and kills twenty-six kids and nothing gets done.  Meanwhile the body count continues.

So these losers want a revolution?  It’s time we had a revolution against the revolution.

HT to TPM.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Monday, May 5, 2014

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Fox Fire

Rachel Maddow looked into the hoopla being ginned up by the right-wing noise machine — mainly Fox News — over the standoff in Nevada between Cliven Bundy, a deadbeat rancher, and the Bureau of Land Management.

The folks at Fox are harking back to Waco and Ruby Ridge as if the people who started the fights were the poor put-upon victims of the jackbooted thugs of the government when in reality they were criminals and worse.

Here’s the story from The Rachel Maddow Show — note, the video auto-starts.

These cowards in Nevada — they threatened to use women as human shields — are little more than disgruntled whiners who, as has been noted, are ripping off the taxpayers because they don’t want to pay their rent.  So they’ve come up with this cockamamie crap about “sovereign citizenship” based on the same perverted reading of the Constitution that also gives us the interpretation that we’re a Christian nation founded on biblical law and only white Christians and county sheriffs should run the country.  (Mr. Bundy would do well to re-read the U.S. Constitution as well as the constitution of his own state.)

They’re not a whole lot different than the Taliban, and Fox News is enabling them because there’s a black guy in the White House.  If you don’t think racial animus plays a part in this, imagine if Mr. Bundy was black, Hispanic, or Muslim and taking the same stand.  Fox News would be all over the ATF to get those tax-dodging moochers out of there and complaining that the Obama administration is backing down because the president supports their cause.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Monday, November 25, 2013

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Short Takes

ENDA gets past filibuster in the Senate.

New Jersey mall locked down after gunman opens fire.

Supreme Court turns down Oklahoma abortion case.

Sen. Rand Paul faces more plagiarism charges.

It’s Election Day in a lot of places, including Virginia, New York, and New Jersey.

Alert Starfleet — There are billions of Earth-like planets in the galaxy.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Short Takes

President Obama defended the healthcare law, saying the tech problems will be fixed.

Another school shooting – this time in Nevada — leaves two dead.

Gov. Christie drops fight against same-sex marriage in New Jersey.

France is not happy about allegations of U.S. spying there.

Cooler temps and rain ease Australian wildfires.

Some people are evacuated along the Mexican coast ahead of Hurricane Raymond.

Jim Leyland steps down as manager of the Tigers after eight seasons.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Short Takes

Suspect in Navy Yard shooting had a history of trouble with the law.

Forensic details in U.N. report point to Assad’s use of gas.

Weather grounds rescue helicopters in Colorado.

Salvage crews righted the cruise ship Costa Concordia that was wrecked off Italy nearly two years ago.

Tropical Update: Humberto is a now a tropical storm; Ingrid is a tropical depression.

The Tigers beat the Mariners 4-2; magic number is 7.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Short Takes

U.S. scrambles to save talks with Taliban after Afghan leader refuses to join.

FBI director says they use drones over the U.S.

Feds say they foiled a plot to poison people with radiation.

Immigration negotiations hinge on border security.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) backs marriage equality.

HPV rates fall due to vaccine.

Tropical Update: TD 2 has become TS Barry on the coast of Mexico.

The Tigers got walloped by the Orioles 13-3.