Shutting Down Debate at Gunpoint.
Here’s a fun item from over the weekend. While you were doing whatever it was you were doing yesterday, a fine and not at all cowardly group of Texans who are not at all lunatics were busy doing this:ThinkProgress: On Saturday, nearly 40 armed men, women, and children waited outside a Dallas, Texas area restaurant to protest a membership meeting for the state chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a gun safety advocacy group formed in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
According to a spokeswoman for Moms Demand Action (MDA), the moms were inside the Blue Mesa Grill when members of Open Carry Texas (OCT) — an open carry advocacy group — “pull[ed] up in the parking lot and start[ed] getting guns out of their trunks.” The group then waited in the parking lot for the four MDA members to come out. The spokeswoman said that the restaurant manager did not want to call 911, for fear of “inciting a riot” and waited for the gun advocates to leave. The group moved to a nearby Hooters after approximately two hours.
MDA later released a statement calling OCT “gun bullies” who “disagree[d] with our goal of changing America’s gun laws and policies to protect our children and families.” The statement added that the members and restaurant customers were “terrified by what appeared to be an armed ambush.” A member of OCT responded by tweeting, “I guess I’m a #gunbullies #Comeandtakeit.”
So, on learning that they’d panicked innocent people, Mr. Second Amendment Hero here thought, “Good!” Clearly, that was the intent. There are two words to describe someone like that — a thug or a prick. One does not rule out the other.
On further thought, there are three words. You’ll need to add “criminal.” “Licensed gun owners are allowed to carry concealed weapons,” the report continues, “but Texas is one of six states that prohibits open carry of firearms.”
Being members of an open carry advocacy group, these people knew they were breaking the law. After all, they exist to change that law. They made a conscious choice to engage in criminal behavior. Just as they made the choice to carry all outward appearances of an angry lynch mob, come to punish some moms for the unforgivable crime of discussing ways to reduce gun violence. The Second Amendment Heroes from OCT weren’t interested in discussing anything. They were interested in shutting down discussion literally at gun point. Because nothing says freedom like an armed goon putting a gun in your face and saying, “Shut up, shut up, shut up!”
But they won’t succeed in shutting down discussion — mostly because the average American is not so cowardly as they are. When one group of people feels the need to armed constantly and one thinks there are better, less stupid, and less insane solutions to violence, it’s not hard to identify the more courageous of the two.
What’s bothering me though is this, which happened just the day before:KHOU: A massive house party advertised on Twitter turned violent when two teenagers were shot to death and 19 others were injured late Saturday in northwest Harris County [Texas], deputies said.
According to Harris County Sheriff’s Office, the mass shooting happened just before 11 p.m. at a birthday party for 18-year-old Mariah Boulden in the 7300 block of Enchanted Creek Drive.
Sheriff Adrian Garcia described the scene from Saturday night as a “birthday party gone wild.”
"Two high school students, 18-year-old male and 16-year-old female, were killed, while 19 others were injured during the shooting," the report tells us. Just one of the mass shootings that have become such a daily occurrence in the US that they don’t even make national news. The blood-soaked and bullet hole-ridden wallpaper of our daily lives — so constant and ubiquitous that we don’t even see it anymore.
There were no armed protesters at the scene the next day, demanding that people use their firearms responsibly — no unspoken threat to gun down anyone who didn’t. No, they were too busy getting ready to go harass a handful of unarmed moms who met to talk about the sort of things that Second Amendment Heroes would rather you just ignore. Things that constant repetition makes so easy for the media to ignore. Another day, another senseless mass shooting — *yawn* are you sure there isn’t some celebrity nip-slip out there someplace to report on?
So a group of armed psychopaths went to menace people who wanted to regulate firearms. In other words, the day after a mass shooting, a bunch of gun-toting cowards went to make sure that people like the shooters would always have easy access to plenty of firearms with plenty of ammo, so they could get hammered at a kegger and start using guns the way other people use firecrackers. And, if some kids are shot and some others are trampled? Tough luck.
That’s clearly what the Founders intended. So sleep well, gun fetishists of America. Open Carry Texas is out there making sure your guns are safe.
Your children, not so much. But you’ve got to have your priorities.
[photo distributed by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America]
I don’t know. Texas is confusing to me in a myriad of ways…where I come from a “birthday party gone wild” might involve streaking or spin the bottle, maybe even strippers but.. Not multiple homicides.
Good work on the commentary here, I saw this story earlier and it bothered me for all of the obvious reasons. People who harass other people at gunpoint used to be called something other than a “enthusiast”.
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source for the thing I reblogged earlier!
NEVER OVER “The terrible sex had made him feel deeply interesting, like a murder victim.”
OH MY GOD SERIOUSLY CLICK THE LINK
dont teach little girls to hate other little girls. dont tell them other girls are mean and catty and gossip and talk behind their backs. dont tell them girls will steal their boyfriends and take all the blame off the boys who leave. dont tell them boys are better for any reason. dont teach lil girls to hate lil girls because they’ll grow into women who hate other women and there’s enough people in the world who hate women, thanks
Tea Party’s Concern for Veterans is Short-Lived
During the shutdown, Rep. Blake Farenthold was one of the ‘bagger reps exploiting veterans for political gain. When veterans learned that the WWII Memorial was closed, Farenthold was right there, making sure the barricades were pulled away. See, during a government shutdown, the real important thing is not making sure that families have food assistance, that homeless shelters remain open, or that the families of soldiers killed in action received death benefits. No, what was really important was to get plenty of photos of Rep. Blake Farenthold and other Republicans gladhanding vets, blackslapping each other, and generally acting like moving a temporary fence was pretty much equal to landing at Normandy themselves.
“Today, I was proud to join some of my fellow Texas members in welcoming WWII veterans from the Dallas/Ft. Worth area ‘Honor Flight’ to the World War II Memorial in D.C.,” Farenthold said in a Facebook statement at the time. “These heroes made the ultimate sacrifice in serving our nation - and no barricade should prevent them from visiting their memorial.”
Strictly speaking, the “ultimate sacrifice” would be dying, since “ultimate” means “last.” So they haven’t actually made that sacrifice for Blake Farenthold’s freedom quite yet — but Blake’s working on that.Burnt Orange Report: Farenthold sat down with Kristv news to discuss what exactly the shutdown did to the country and his motives for supporting it.
Kristv news quickly pointed out that many of Farenthold’s constituents have said they will not vote for him again. Kristv asked Farenthold about the people who say he’s lost their vote; people like retired veterans who were on the verge of losing their disability checks next month.
“I feel like my mandate when I was elected was to go reduce the size of government, lower taxes, and increase freedom, and freedom isn’t free, and sometimes you have to make a small sacrifice to move forward with what you’re after,” Congressman Farenthold said.
So visiting a pile of marble in Washington, DC? Farenthold will move heaven and earth to make sure vets can do that. Paying those same vets their disability benefits? Well, sometimes sacrifices have to be made. Freedom isn’t free. Blake knows this because of his sacrifice in… Well OK, he’s never actually served anywhere other than as a talk radio blowhard.
If you get the feeling that Farenthold is scum, you’re not alone. And he’s hardly unique. The government shutdown caused tremendous damage to the country, while accomplishing absolutely nothing other than getting this people’s faces on the news. That was it. That was the whole freakin’ point. Everyone else had to make sacrficies for them, because they think they’re the only people in the world who matter.Joe Conason: …We probably will not know the full cost of the shutdown and the near-default for several months, if ever, but fresh estimates are now arriving daily. According to Standard and Poor’s, the financial ratings agency, the shutdown alone reduced economic activity in the United States by at least $24 billion and cut growth in the current quarter by as much as 0.6 percent. That means a loss of thousands of jobs and billions in household income just when the economy would traditionally surge upward for the holiday season.
But that is just the beginning of a much grimmer inventory of suffering, which can be traced back more than two years to the first episode of tea party debt-ceiling bluster. For that assessment, we can look to none other than the Peter G. Peterson Foundation—named for its creator, a former Republican commerce secretary and fanatical fiscal hawk whose latest contribution to public discourse is a thorough study, with charts, of “the cost of crisis-driven fiscal policy.” Peterson’s full study is worth reading, but its essential points are simple enough.
That’s on top of the sequester. None of this histrionic grandstanding actually did the country any good, much the same way that forcing open the WWII Memorial alleviated no suffering nor improved anyone’s lives. When it comes to fulfilling our promises to veterans, to making sure that the American taxpayer receives the services those taxes pay for, to seeing to it that people have the bare minimum it takes to survive, Republican are more than ready so sadly inform you freedom isn’t free. But when it comes to empty gestures that guarantee face time with news cameras, freedom is totally free — just like it is at tax time, when paying for freedom isn’t so metaphorical and everyone has to do it. The people who, like Blake Farenthold, remind us of the cost of freedom are the same ones who work overtime to make sure they never have to pay their fair share for it. Freedom isn’t free when it’s your ass on the line, but when it’s Farenthold’s wallet?
Yeah, it’s free as sunshine.
When some ‘bagger rep tells you how much they love America. Go ahead and laugh. They love it not. If they did, they wouldn’t spend so much time slapping it and the American citizen around.
[photo via LiberalAmerica.org]
Schrodinger’s Douchebag: One who makes douchebag statements, particularly sexist, racist or otherwise bigoted ones, then decides whether they were “just joking” or dead serious based on whether other people in the group approve or not.
MOVING THIS INTO CIRCULATION IMMEDIATELY.
Your first time is NOT supposed to hurt
You are NOT supposed to bleed
If you bleed, that is NOT your hymen being ‘popped’, it is a tear due to lack of sexual arousal and natural lubrication.
This is all a MYTH perpetrated by men so they don’t have to make sure you are comfortable and sufficiently aroused enough before you have sex with them. It is an excuse to disregard and hurt you.
I just really want women to know this.
Actually it all depends on the woman, really. Yes, it is less likely to hurt if you’re relaxed, aroused, and go slow, but it CAN still hurt.
This video explains it really well. Your hymen doesn’t ‘break’ but it is being stretched back, so that stretching might be a bit painful at first. But just be sure to follow her tips at the end of the video.
reblogging again for that video!