I Don’t Understand This Activism

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So here’s the beef:

“Every time race is brought up, he pivots to the economy, which obviously a lot of racial disparity comes via economic means, but some of it is just flat out racism and discrimination,” Morrow said. Sanders’s view that “if we had more jobs in Ferguson, this wouldn’t have happened, I’m not sure that is valid. I mean, Mike Brown was on his way to college. It’s not just a jobs thing.

I missed the part where Bernie Sanders said it was just a jobs thing. Sorry, I’m just not seeing it.

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[UPDATE]:

As always, John Cole put it much better than I ever could.

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Can someone explain to me why the Black Lives Matter movement has been targeting Bernie Sanders? This is the second time that Black Lives Matter groups have shut down one of Sanders’ rallies:

Event organizers allowed the period of silence, as some in the large crowd booed and shouted for the protesters to leave the stage. Afterward, Marissa Janae Johnson, who identified herself as a leader of the Black Lives Matter chapter in Seattle, asked the crowd to “join us now in holding Bernie Sanders accountable for his actions.” She motioned for Sanders to join her at the microphone.

After several minutes of frantic conversations, Sanders left the stage and greeted people in the large crowd who had turned out to see him. Many chanted his name.

In the hours that followed, several activists took to social media to question whether Johnson was speaking for the broader Black Lives Movement.

The tense scene in Seattle was reminiscent of one July 18 in Phoenix, when a larger group of Black Lives Matter activists disrupted a Democratic presidential forum at the liberal Netroots Nation gathering that featured both Sanders and former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley.

I don’t get what specific actions Sanders needs to be held accountable for. Have I missed something? Why aren’t they targeting Republican candidates? Republicans are still steeped in denial that racism even exists in America, and that police brutality unfairly targets people of color. Why pick on Sanders? He’s not in denial about systemic and structural racism in this country. He’s no Scott Walker, saying police brutality is just a matter of a few bad apples that can be corrected with “better training.”

I don’t understand a movement that seems all to ready to alienate allies.

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Congratulations, Tami Dee Bachart! You Are Our 2nd Amendment Hero Du Jour

Hey, y’all! Sorry for the long absence. My computer got FUBAR’d and then I was too busy to get back to blogging. I see you all managed without me, however!

There was so much GunFAIL while I was gone — including our own little bizarre “theater shooting” incident here in Nashville (which was really just a mentally ill homeless person with a fake gun and fake hatchet doing a fake attack, and can we find out if the fact that he had a fake gun meant our system worked or was just dumb luck? No?). But by far this item has to be my utmost favorite GunFAIL incident of the past week, and I’m sorry, it’s even better than the Karmadillo:

Bachart admitted that on Dec. 2, 2014, she sent a package with a loaded Ruger Blackhawk .357 revolver and ammunition into the mail at a post office in McCall. The package was sent to an address in Windsor, Connecticut.

While in route to Connecticut, the package arrived at a processing and distribution center in Springfield, Massachusetts. When a U.S. Postal Service employee picked up the package, the gun discharged. The employee was not seriously injured, but sought medical attention for ringing ears and stinging hands.

When the police officers opened the package, they found the loaded revolver with additional ammunition and other items.

Yes, sending a loaded gun through the U.S. mail is so responsible, you guys! Also, really illegal!

For this colossal act of sheer stupidity Ms. Bachart was ordered to serve one year of probation, perform 200 hours of community service, and pay $4,400. Way to lay the hammer down, I must say. She’s no doubt learned her lesson! Gunz is dangeruz!

Dumbass.

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Pardon My Absence

Well, hello! Bet you’ve been wondering if I’ve fallen into a hole or something. Actually, my computer died and I’m posting this via a cellphone, which is torture. Semi-regular posting should resume next week.

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Walter Palmer, Worst Human In The World

[UPDATE]:

And right on cue:

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Good luck with that, asshole.

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If you haven’t heard, the killer of Zimbabwe’s unofficial lion mascot Cecil is a Minnesota dentist/trophy hunter/repulsive excuse for a human being:

According to the Zimbabwe Conservation Task, Cecil was “lured out of a national park with food, shot with a crossbow, tracked for 40 more hours, then finished off with a gun” by Walter, who is a known trophy hunter. The murder of Cecil is horrifying on its own, but now the many lion cubs left behind are at risk of being killed without Cecil around to protect the pride.

Cecil was found skinned and beheaded. Palmer claims he “didn’t know” the animal he shot was protected and “beloved” but the guy completely lacks credibility. As ABC noted:

In 2008, Palmer pleaded guilty to making false statements to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service about a black bear he shot and killed in Wisconsin outside of an authorized hunting zone, according to court documents.

Serial liar. Also, apparently sued for sexual harassment. Charming person.

The internet is doing what the internet always does: express its righteous outrage. Dr. Palmer’s Yelp page is certainly interesting, and with Yelp deleting comments as fast as they can be posted, I thought I’d capture a few screen shots for your enjoyment. I hope there’s a bankruptcy in this sadist’s future.

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Mike Huckabee’s STFU Moment

Apparently Mike Huckabee just said this on Fox News:

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At what point do you stop digging your Holocaust hole?

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Congratulations, Christopher A. Reed! You’re Our 2nd Amendment Hero Du Jour

That didn’t take long:

Civilian guards ordered to leave shopping center after one accidentally fires rifle

LANCASTER, Ohio — The armed civilians who have been guarding a military recruitment center here are gone, ordered off the property after one of them accidentally discharged his rifle on Thursday.

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One of them has been charged with a misdemeanor after he accidentally fired his AR-15 rifle. Someone from the recruiting center at 1530 River Valley Blvd. flagged down an officer at 12:01 p.m. to report the incident, Lt. Shane Wilson said.

The shopping-center owner issued a statement saying it was decided that “for the safety of tenants, customers and construction personnel working in the immediate vicinity of the Military Recruiting Center, it would be best to request the removal of the armed individuals.”

Christopher A. Reed, 28, of Lancaster, was charged with discharging a firearm in the city limits, and was issued a summons to appear in Fairfield County Municipal Court on Tuesday, according to the police incident report.

Reed told police that he was holding his rifle outside the recruitment center when someone asked if he could take a look at it. Reed agreed, and while he was trying to clear the ammunition from the weapon, he accidentally fired one shot into the asphalt pavement.

The only damage was a hole in the pavement. The rifle was taken from Reed pending his appearance in court, the incident report says.

Conviction on the fourth-degree misdemeanor is punishable by a maximum of 30 days in jail.

Reed was convicted of the same offense in 2013, and was fined $50, court records show.

Score one for our safest, most responsible evah! Clearly that $50 fine from his last incident was a deterrent! /sarcasm

Go to the link where you can read about how our 2nd Amendment Hero is “nobody special,” just an average guy with no training whatsoever “doing my job because my own government wouldn’t do it.”

Um, yeah, I’ll pass, you fucking klutz.

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Well-Regulated Militia

What could possibly go wrong?

Is teen’s homemade “flying gun” illegal?

A video showing a controversial “flying gun” is raising new concerns among law enforcement agencies about potential threats from drones, but the Connecticut teenager who built the device may not have violated any laws, reports CBS News correspondent Mark Albert.

Austin Haughwout, an 18-year-old college sophomore, successfully built what is thought to be among the first armed civilian drones, and filmed the device flying on his family’s property.

The armed drone was a wake-up call for law enforcement, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Despite their strong public safety concerns, the agency told “CBS This Morning” there appears to be nothing illegal about it, and they admit they have no way to prevent the next one.

The lightweight drone features a mounted semi-automatic handgun and is just over two feet long.

The video shows the gun being fired four times, and the drone is able to recover from the firearm’s recoil to remain in flight.

Law enforcement people are calling this a case of the law not keeping up with the technology. This may very well be true. But let’s face it: your modern NRAer focuses more on the “shall not be infringed” part of the Second Amendment than on the “well-regulated” part. Flying guns? Fuck, yeah! Gun humpers are going to claim this all part of their Constitutional rights and also, hunting, etc. etc. Sure as the sun rises in the east. I mean, these are the idiots who allowed the blind to have gun permits.

So yeah, something else to look forward to.

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