Sacha Baron Cohen strikes again! As Colonel Erran Morad, anti-terror expert, he conscripts allies in his quest to arm kindergartners and turn them into kinderguardians! His willing accomplices include Philip Van Cleave (Bushmasters are a blast to shoot with), lobbyist Larry Pratt (anti-gun people have blood on their hands), and legislators Matt Gaetz, Joe Walsh, Trent Lott, Dana Rorabacher, and Joe Wilson. One of my favorite segments is Larry Pratt explaining the proven science behind the program, including the claim that “children under five have elevated levels of the pheromone blink-182 produced by the part of the liver known as the rita-ora”. Laughable, pathetic and infuriating, all at once. [Read more…]
By John Queally / Common Dreams
As the nation mourned yet another senseless mass shooting—this time at a local newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland on Thursday in which five people were murdered—details of the alleged gunman expose yet another perpetrator with a history of misogynistic and threatening behavior towards women.
On Friday it was reported that the man arrested by police at the scene of the massacre inside The Capital Gazette’s offices, Jarrod Warren Ramos—who had a “bitter history” with the newspaper going back years—had been charged by local prosecutors with five counts of first-degree murder. [Read more…]
If you are an activist receiving emails from an outfit calling itself “National March on the NRA,” be forewarned. It’s not being organized by the young people from Parkland or any of the other groups you might have heard of leading the fight for Second Amendment sanity
The “Voter Reg Street Party” on July 20 and the “March” in Fairfax (where the NRA is headquartered) the following day both have “TBA” locations. This thing is a production of “The Presidential House,” which is, in turn, a creation of Lawrence Deshawn Silva Nathaniel.
Remember him? He’s the guy who organized the Rally at the Border,’scheduled for Saturday, March 25, 2017, in San Ysidro. It never happened. [Read more…]
A special Mother’s Day card for the NRA’s Dana Loesch from Jeff Kasky, parent of Cameron Kasky, a survivor of the February 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. [Read more…]
By Abby Zimet / Common Dreams
The woke kids are still at it. Days before a planned National School Walkout to mark the anniversary of the Columbine shootings, Parkland survivor and firebrand David Hogg has suggested a boycott of massive money managers BlackRock and Vanguard, the biggest owners of publicly traded gun makers Sturm Ruger and American Outdoor Brands, parent company of Smith & Wesson Corp.
Citing the scale of the two asset managers’ holdings – according to Bloomberg, their wealth exceeds current U.S. GDP, approaching $20 trillion – Hogg noted their ownership of gun stocks, suggested to shareholders who oppose blood-soaked investments that, “If you use them, feel free to let them know,” and added the hashtags #BoycottVanguard and #BoycottBlackrock. [Read more…]
On the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr’s assassination, it seems appropriate to write about gun violence and the haters who enable it. Three local events relate to this topic, and there is some news of national interest I’ll add along the way:
- Two bills introduced in the State Legislature, aim to bring California’s police use-of-force law into the 21st century and open a gap in the Blue Wall of silence surrounding investigations into police misconduct.
- High school students from Carlsbad and San Clemente joined the weekly protests outside Congressman Darrell Issa’s Vista office to present a petition asking him to hold a town hall to address gun violence and school shootings.
- San Diego resident Nasim Aghdam was named as the shooter following an afternoon of terror at YouTube’s San Bruno headquarters. Three people suffered gunshot wounds and police found Aghdam dead of apparently self-inflicted wounds.
I saw and read a note to The New York Times the other day that set me to thinking of kinda complicated politics.
Well, that is what that newspaper likes to engage in, and so probably do they all. They’ll say, “If this, then that, and, pretty soon… The Apocalypse. On the other hand…,” they’ll say. So we end up back in the muddled middle, our fondest hopes for reason and enlightenment lost in the give and take back.
If you want to know what the news business stands for, play The National Anthem, or ask who’s interested in an interview with Donald Trump. Keep it simple.
Truth? Truth in the industry has become a now-and-then preoccupation, rising and falling as do other preoccupations, like getting people to read a story, or to consider buying all-electric, self-driving 2-ton cars that happen to be advertised as part of sports coverage.
Still, no one is as cynical as today’s out and out conservative, who believes in family values and then supports separating immigrants from their children. Or he’ll (usually it’s a he) advocate hard work after he’s invested in robot technology that eliminates jobs for humans, or he’ll recommend home schooling and send his own kids to prep schools and Yale. [Read more…]
Who does the NRA really represent? Is it its gun owning membership, or the companies that send millions of dollars its way? Hmmm. Vox’s Carlos Maza and Coleman Lowndes present some revealing statistics and a remarkably analogous historical situation to help answer that question. [Read more…]
Eleven year-old student Naomi Wadler speaks at March For Our Lives Rally. “I’m here today to honor the words of Toni Morrison: ‘If there’s a book that you want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it.’ ” [Read more…]
Jennifer Hudson, accompanied by the D.C. Choir, shapes a new vision of Bob Dylan’s The Times They Are A Changin’.
And sometimes silence speaks louder than words. Emma Gonzalez uses a calculated silence to make a powerful statement in her address to the March For Our Lives assembly. [Read more…]
Initial estimates say 10,000 people participated in the March for Our Lives rally at the County Administration Building on the waterfront in San Diego on Saturday morning. Locally, there were also marches in Escondido, Encinitas, Carlsbad, and Temecula.
There were over 830 March for Our Lives events on six continents. In Washington, DC, 800,000 people marched. In New York City, 175,000 people marched. Twenty thousand people took to the streets in Boston.
Today’s post is mostly pictures from around the world, with a few snippets from news coverage I saw. [Read more…]
Here’s some insight into why young people are massing today in Washington, D.C. as well as 835 other locations around the U.S. The survivors of the Parkland, Florida, Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School: “We’re tired of hearing that we’re too young to ever make a change.” … “We’re not gonna let you win. We’re putting up a fight.” … “Stand up for one another and we’ll never give up the fight.”
And they are not marching alone. There will be battle-tested veterans marching with them. [Read more…]