Firearm Derangement Syndrome

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From Capt. Fogg at Human Voices:

I was watching Samantha Bee gyrating on my TV the other night, dressed an a homemade Eagle costume festooned with plastic guns and made to resemble an NRA mascot. It was one of those Bones and Tambo moments.

She had just finished telling us you could now buy guns on TV and not telling us you still had to go through a Federally licensed gun dealer and complete the transaction including any waiting periods and background checks just as though you’d bought it from his stock. Guns on TV! Oh so shocking and when the demo includes using a watermelon as a target, you just know people who own or buy guns are all dreaming of mass murder. You just know and because you just know, most anything you say that furthers the cause of angry prejudice is just fine. Empty mockery, slander, malicious stereotyping — no less revolting than a minstrel show done in blackface used to provide.

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Hats Off to Elizabeth Warren!

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From Jack Jodell at the Saturday Afternoon Post:

Like far too many of today’s Tea Party-infested reactionary Republicans, Texas Senator and presidential wannabe Ted Cruz is often much too self-absorbed and self-centered for this blogger’s liking. From his “notice ME!” grandstanding efforts to shut down the federal government to his latest whining about the sacrifices and hardships he has had to endure during his soon-to-be-aborted run for the White House to, really, his entire career in the Senate, this opportunistic blowhard has shown an appalling lack of sensitivity toward not only his Senate colleagues but also toward his fellow citizens as well. Here is what this selfish crybaby Cruz addressed to his campaign staff:

“You see, running for President of the United States is a significant sacrifice. Only by the grace of God – and with unwavering help from wonderful supporters like you – have we reached this point – on the verge of capturing the Republican nomination.

And while I’m on the verge of victory, I need to share something with you.

The sacrifices for our campaign are steep, but I’m proud to be making them on your behalf:

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Sanders’ Claim He Wins When Turnout Is High Is False’

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From Last Of The Millenniums:

‘The underlying basis for the Sanders campaign is that a grassroots revolution is surging and making their voices heard in these primaries and caucuses. Sen. Sanders argument for why he should be the Democratic nominee is based on the claim that he increases turnout’.

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Say Hello to the New Boss. . .

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Raymond: This is very good.
From Capt. Fogghorn at Human Voices:

I hate revolutions. They almost always make things worse because they rely on zealotry and anger and revenge. The angriest, the craziest and those with serious problems always wind up as the leaders because the truly furious can’t trust the pragmatic and reasonable who might just try to regulate the power they feel is needed to overthrow, to punish, to abolish and yes, even to exterminate.

There’s usually fuel and fear enough to consume a culture or a civilization and of course we’re constantly improving our fuel production and distribution even though our memories aren’t any better than they ever were. We still hear people demanding more oil drilling as the world staggers under a glut of cheap oil. We still hear that Obama is against oil production even after he’s expanded it enormously.

The world staggers under a glut of misinformation and ignorance as well

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Transformation and Victory

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From Infidel753:

The change in attitudes toward homosexuality in the Western world may be the most rapid and dramatic such cultural change in history. Just 13 years ago, homosexuality itself was still illegal in much of the US, and gays were widely despised and ostracized. Today, gay marriage — something that seemed unattainable and barely imaginable two decades ago — is legal in most of North and South America and in western Europe. Bigotry persists in some backward regions of these nations, but by and large today’s rising generation of young gay people is the freest since Classical times, and younger people in general are accepting and open-minded to a startling degree.

The last couple of weeks have offered a powerful affirmation of just how normative the acceptance of homosexuality has become even in the US.

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GOP Should Not Let the Left Set the Agenda

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From libertarian Michael A. LaFerrara at Principled Perspectives:

Donald Trump has certainly roiled the political waters for the Republican Party. Many believe, including myself, that Trump is the reaping what the pragmatist-oriented GOP itself has sown—and that the most likely result of the Trump phenomenon will be an implosion of the party.

The question is, what kind of rebirth will rise from the ashes? In the hopes of Tom Moran of the New Jersey Star-Ledger, Trump starting a civil war in the Republican Party will end up with good little me-to conservatives in charge of the party.

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Bill Clinton Schools Black Lives Matter Protesters

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From The Intersection of Madness and Reality:

As someone from the hip-hop generation – and by that, I mean someone who was literally born in the 70s who did backspins on street corners on cardboard – I have to admit: watching Bill Clinton’s epic takedown of a couple Black Lives Matter protesters in Philadelphia last week made me miss gangsta rap. Why? Because most often what’s missing from many of out political discussions is historical context.

Well, there’s that, and the fact that because gangsta rap is no longer a thing, we have the false impression that it’s all good in the hood. Guess what? It isn’t, and it has never been. But when yu listen to critics of Bill Clinton’s 1994 Crime Bill, you get the impression that the legislation was simply part of a grand conspiracy to throw black people in jail cells without any reason other than being black.

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Can a School District Decide How Catholic a School Is?

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From conservative James Wigderson at Wisconsin Watchdog:

A private school in Richfield, Wisconsin, and the parents of three students are taking Wisconsin’s Department of Public Instruction Superintendent Tony Evers and the Friess Lake School District to court over the question of who gets to decide if the school is Catholic or not.

The lawsuit, filed April 8 in Waukesha County Circuit Court by attorneys with the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, alleges violations of the Free Exercise Clause and Establishment Clause of the First Amendment and the Equal Protection Clause in the Fourteenth Amendment in the U.S. Constitution.

Evers and the Friess Lake School District determined St. Augustine School is a Catholic school and therefore the students are not entitled to free transportation.

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Evangelicals: Stop Saying You See People Like Jesus Does

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From The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser:

Most Evangelicals have a two-sided understanding of Jesus. There is the theological Jesus and the human Jesus. The theological Jesus is found on Sundays and in countless Christian books. While this Jesus often becomes the framework by which Evangelicals view the world, most often it is the human Jesus that determines attitudes and conduct. Let me explain this in the context of a statement often made by Evangelicals: dear Jesus, please help me see others as you do.

From a theological perspective, how does Jesus see others? Can we even answer this question? When it comes to theology, Jesus had very little to say. It is the Christian church, with its 2,000 year history, that has given us the theological Jesus. So perhaps the real question is how does the Arminian or Calvinistic Jesus see people?

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How a ‘Plan C’ Candidate Can Win the Republican Crown

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From Jonathan Bernstein at Bloomberg:

After House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Tuesday that he would not seek the presidency in 2016 under any circumstances, Scott Lemieux at Lawyers, Guns and Money issued a challenge to those who think someone besides Donald Trump or Ted Cruz could be the Republicans’ nominee:

Anybody who thinks this is a plausible scenario really needs to explain specifically how this is going to work.

I think it is plausible and I can explain why.

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