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A great friend of mine, who worked in the garden business once had to plant a full grown tree into a very rich woman’s garden. The woman was unsatisfied and told the gardeners that they would have to replant the full grown tree into a different postition.
It was as if she we’re re-arranging her living room.
My friend was not happy; Not because he would continue to be making money on-the-hour, but because he would have rather been planting Chrysanthemums.
Many adults don’t understand that guns are not toys. They are deadly weapons. Until this week, I was blissfully unaware that the Gun Lobby is peddling .22 caliber rifles for kids as young as 4 and 5. These weapons were prominently featured at the NRA annual convention just after another accidental shooting tragedy.
On Tuesday, a five-year-old Kentucky boy accidentally shot and killed his two-year-old sister with a gun he’d been given as a birthday present. The weapon, a small rifle, was manufactured specifically for children’s use.
In one week alone last month, four people were shot by toddlers.
Note to Shit-Kicking Conservatives: We (U.S. & World) Are Moving on Without Your Tired Lame Bigoted Asses.
Each years CPAC showcases the steady, incremental march toward the obsolescence of conservatism. And while conservatives are by nature regressive and behind the times, as the brutal velocity of progress in science, communication, education et. al. increases, conservative ideas are more obsolete than ever. Traditional Conservatism is by all accounts, DEAD.
The Republican Party has become authoritarian out of necessity. Moderates are leaving the party in increasing numbers. Inter-party calls for sanity fall on deaf ears. Example: CPAC went for Birthers and extremists like Trump and Gomert over far right assholes like Chris Christy.
One of the things my conservative friends and relatives like to point to as a failure of government is the post office. It may be their favorite non-sequitur. The conversations going something like this:
“…so I don’t understand why they have to keep tax breaks for inheritance and call it a farm protection measure. Almost no family farm ever in the history of the country has to pay any substantial tax in that way. And then they call it a death tax! These people are so Orwellian that it..”
“you know what is a great example of government failure? The post office!”
“That has nothing to do with…”
“I mean can they just break even? Pathetic!”
I don’t have a lot of words for this. Just read the story at Shakesville
I will agree with the sentiment in the story linked.
That’s a real shame, because I’d love to hear some elaboration on how shooting into a parked vehicle, then driving the fuck away, is an act of self-defense.
We really need to admit that our gun obsession is just not healthy. Not in any way. A culture that creates laws that can even be close enough to a justification for this sort of behavior that a lawyer makes such a claim with a straight face is a very broken culture.
And we all need a little of that from time to time, especially in a time of extreme zombie prevalence.
Here ya’ go:
Geek thoughts at the XKCD comic.
The thinking that got us the rightwing “unskew the polls” is the same logic that gets us climate science denial. A large chunk of the population thinks they base their reasoning on data, facts and logic. But only because they don’t understand data, facts, or logic.
Sadly, no logical argument, data, or facts can show people immune to such things that they are immune to such things.
On the plus side, the demographic seems to lean “white male over 55,” so eventually they will simply die off.
This one is a winner. This is why America is deteriorating. Republicans are uninformed, vacuous people.
Remember in 2000 when hundreds of illegal immigrants voted for Al Gore and he won the presidency by stealing the election? If you don’t, that may be because what actually happened was that thousands of votes by Jewish voters where cast on the infamous butterfly ballots and got counted for some Christian fundie named Pat rather than Gore. Fortunately we learned from that, and stopped using oddly formatted ballots. Except for the ones they used in the same county in 2004.
There are better methods.
Remember when thousands of DNC operatives registered voters across the country and then threw away the forms if they where marked “republican”? If not, that could be because it was actually an RNC hired firm that threw away registration forms, and yet keeps getting hired, and payed, to do the same thing again, year after year. Accuse ACORN of voter fraud because they found someone committing fraud and fired and reported them? Check! Knowingly and systematically hire your own operatives to commit the same fraud on a massive scale, change the company name when caught, wash, rinse, repeat? Check!
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