Cognitive Dissonance

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This week I signed onto H.Res. 675 to reassure the governors of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California that if they exercise their states’ constitutional authority to defend themselves and deploy their respective National Guard units to secure the international border that falls within their states, Congress will set aside funds to reimburse them for costs incurred securing the border.

Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo. totally ignoring the fact that the National Guard can’t actually do anything but confront tired and thirsty children with guns to refer them to the Border Patrol.

So she’s supporting dropping millions to do really nothing, except using the National Guard as well-armed secretaries.

This whole “Fuck Obama” skullduggery is getting expensive. And we could spend that money on other things, like actually helping these refugee kiddos.

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On the violence of the past week:

pfcanimal:

cognitivedissonance:

Now, when the news breaks of the next mass shooting, I’m grateful when the casualties are in the single digits, instead of horrified that it occurred in the first place. I’m not okay with this.

These are places where we should feel safe — schools, shopping centers, churches.

Instead, we applaud the manufacturing of bulletproof blankets and whiteboards. We hold our breath waiting to hear whether the “threat” has been neutralized.

It’s not, and at this pace, it never will be. I’m thirty years old. I remember after Columbine, we all said, “Not one more.”

It’s been a decade and a half. We recite the names of the dead in a ritualistic manner, prayer beads on a never-ending string. We ask, “How did this happen again?” and drop the question because it’s never the right time. There never will be a “right time” when the violence happens all the time.

It’s the right time NOW.

NOT. ONE. MORE.

I can’t believe it, there is no way shooter would take a gun into a School, Thats against the law, not only that, it’s a federal offense. That impossible……or maybe criminals just don’t give a fuck about the law, and are more likely to target a place where they know there will be no guns. when was the last time you heard of a stick up at a gun shop?

Hey, lookee here, y’all! FACT TIME!

When was the last time there was a stick up at a gun store? Roughly a month ago. Here’s what I found in 10 minutes of using the Google, excluding gun store burglaries where the store was closed:

January 11, 2005: Four men rob Bob Moates Gun Shop in Chesterfield County, Va. One of the robbers ordered the clerk to the floor at gunpoint, while the others systematically stole over 100 guns, mostly top-shelf handguns and AR-15 rifles, valued at $25,000-30,000. 

May 13, 2005: Two men, one armed with an AK-47 assault rifle, rob A&A Sporting Goods in Tannersville, Penn. The owner was ordered to deactivate the alarm and sustained life-threatening injuries after being beaten with the rifle. The two men stole 62 firearms, which were later traced to individuals in Pennsylvania and New York City.

April 18, 2006: Unknown assailants murder an employee during the armed robbery of the North Delta Gun Store in Clarksdale, Miss. The suspect (or suspects) fled the store with 22 stolen firearms.

May 10, 2007: Turner’s Outdoorsmen hunting supply store in Riverside, Calif. is robbed at gunpoint by three men who ordered employees and customers to the floor. In less than two minutes, the men stole 20 semiautomatic weapons worth over $20,000. 

June 1, 2007: Turner’s Outdoorsmen hunting supply store in San Bernardino, Calif. was robbed by four armed men who stole more than 70 firearms after holding employees and customers at gunpoint. After leading police on a high-speed chase, two of the men were killed in a shootout with law enforcement.

November 13, 2007: Three armed men rob Southern Gun, Inc. in Collinsville, Va. Two of the men ordered the clerk to the floor at gunpoint and handcuffed him. After subduing the clerk, they filled backpacks with 53 pistols and 22 revolvers, valued at over $50,000. Eighteen have been recovered.

January 28, 2008: The Centerfire Firearms store in Riverside, Calif. is robbed by four armed men who order employees and customers to the ground. Approximately 50 handguns were stolen, and about one-third were recovered 10 days after the robbery.

September 18, 2008: Turner’s Outdoorsmen hunting supply store in Redondo Beach, Calif. is robbed by a man armed with a handgun. He herded the employees into a corner of the store, and fired a shot into the ceiling after struggling with one of them. He stole nine firearms.

March 13, 2010: Two men rob Grampa’s Gun Shop in Madison, Wisc. by pushing past the owner, forcing him into a bathroom, and binding him with duct tape at the wrists and ankles. They ransacked the store and stole 34 guns. They were arrested after selling them in Minnesota and Chicago. 

January 24, 2011: A man entered the Southern Delaware Shooters Gun Store and attacked the clerk, choking him to the point of unconsciousness. The clerk awoke to find his hands and feet bound with electrical tape. Fourteen weapons were stolen, with eight recovered a month later by police.

January 27, 2011: Four men, one armed with a handgun, force their way past a clerk after assaulting her at Direct Gold Outlet in Covington, Ga. They tied up the clerk, smashed glass display cases, and stole over 30 firearms. 

June 8, 2011: A store employee is shot through the hand and chest during a robbery by one man at the Federal Firearms Club in Oakdale, Penn. The employee was a former Army Ranger and skilled with firearms. 

October 24, 2012: Two men commit a “smash and grab” robbery of The Woodlands Tactical gun store in Texas. A security guard told deputies that he had been robbed at gunpoint and assaulted by two men who stole his marked truck and then used the vehicle to crash into the front of the gun store.

November 13, 2012: Shooters Guns in New Haven, Ind. is robbed by two armed men. The men pistol-whipped a customer and battered the owner before stealing several handguns. After escaping, the robbers led police on a high-speed chase through Fort Wayne, Ind. over the lunch hour that led to a multi-vehicle crash.

March 18, 2013: Guns and Stuff, a Gladwin County, Mich. gun store, is robbed by three people who left the elderly owner in critical condition after striking him in the head. The thieves made off with eight handguns. 

December 14, 2013: Three male suspects rob MC Sports in Goshen, Ind. The robbers ordered all 11 people in the store to the floor at gunpoint, and bound them with zip ties. The thieves made off with an unspecified amount of firearms and ammunition.

March 26, 2014: Five armed men rob the Diamond Pawn Shop in Houston, Texas. They stole cash, jewelry, and an unspecified number of firearms. Before leaving, one of the men sprayed the store with bullets from an AK-47 rifle. Luckily, no one was injured.

March 29, 2014: Two men steal a Beretta 9MM from a gun case at Plantation Iron Gun Shop in Bluffton, S.C.

June 12, 2014: Gunman rob two men and shoot one, wounding him critically, at Delaware Valley Sports Center, a Pennsylvania gun store and range. They made off with seven stolen firearms.

June 13, 2014: Three men rob Hiram’s Guns Store in El Cajon, California. One of the suspects held an employee at gunpoint while the other two smashed a display case with a hammer and stole several weapons. They led police on a high speed chase before being apprehended.

I could keep going, but I have you off to a good start. I’m not going to Google stuff all night for a wonderturd dudebro who describes his blog as such:

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I doubt you’re actually paying attention anyhow, but just in case you are, "gun free zone" targeting by mass shooters is a myth

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In the Hobby Lobby cases, five male Justices of the Supreme Court, who are all members of the Catholic faith and who each were appointed by a President who hailed from the Republican party, decided that a huge corporation, with thousands of employees and gargantuan revenues, was a ‘person’ entitled to assert a religious objection to the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate because that corporation was ‘closely held’ by family members. To the average person, the result looks stupid and smells worse…

Next term is the time for the Supreme Court to go quiescent–this term and several past terms has proven that the Court is now causing more harm (division) to our democracy than good by deciding hot button cases that the Court has the power to avoid. As the kids says [sic], it is time for the Court to stfu.

Federal Court Judge Richard Kopf, who was appointed to a U.S. District Court in Nebraska by George H.W. Bush, slamming the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision in his personal blog, Hercules and the Umpire.

(Source: herculesandtheumpire.com)

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I’m going to start sidewalk counseling people who are heading into Hobby Lobby. They’re clearly making a mistake because Michael’s is the way, the truth, and the light.

If my reproductive choices can be limited by my boss, thanks to the followers of hypochristianity at Hobby Lobby, then I should be able to give their customers choices by standing outside with a smile on my face and a bunch of coupons for Michael’s .

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Can we sidewalk counsel people going into urology clinics? Y’know, they might be going in there for a vasectomy and I believe that’s against God’s will. Doesn’t matter they’re seeking perfectly legal medical care — I just feel compelled to compassionately counsel them about how they’re facing eternal damnation because every sperm is sacred.

It’s not like there’s a buffer zone in place or anything…

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When followers of a particular sect enter into commercial activity as a matter of choice, the limits they accept on their own conduct as a matter of conscience and faith are not to be superimposed on the statutory schemes that are binding on others in that activity. Granting an exemption from social security taxes to an employer operates to impose the employer’s religious faith on the employees.

United States v. Lee (1982), a case in which the U.S. Supreme Court found requiring an Amish employer to withhold and pay Social Security taxes for his workers was constitutional even though “the Amish faith prohibited participation in governmental support programs.”

Justice Samuel Alito brushed the precedent of Lee aside by dismissing it as a case that did not concern the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, but only the Free Exercise clause, so therefore the Court need not consider it. The implication is that pre-RFRA precedent doesn’t matter. And that’s a frightening departure from precedent.

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FOR THOSE OF YOU THINKING, “WELL, MAYBE HOBBY LOBBY HAS A POINT ABOUT RELIGIOUS ‘FREEDOM’ AND HEALTHCARE…” | xoJane

A piece I wrote in March about Hobby Lobby and the contraceptive mandate is featured on xoJane today. Check it out!

An excerpt:

"Your boss doesn’t get to dictate what you do with your paycheck, whether it’s buying groceries, donating it all to orphans, or splurging it on hookers and blow.

Your boss might take issue with you buying pork because he’s Jewish, donating it to orphans because she thinks they’re godless, or on the hookers and blow because that’s not very Christian of you. However, your bosses would be ridiculed for thinking they have the right to tail you to make sure you’re spending YOUR money in accordance with their faith, right? There’s not much difference here. Set aside that the insurance is not directly offered by Hobby Lobby, or that they could pay taxes/penalties instead of lawyers and legal fees by kicking everyone onto the exchange, thereby taking away their supposed moral conundrum. Spoiler alert: HEALTH BENEFITS ARE COMPENSATION FOR YOUR LABOR. Why would you think for one second that your boss gets to dictate what you do with your compensation?”

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To the shitmonster asking if feminists taking selfies “with perfect angles to hide the rolls” is “hippocriticaly [sic] bowing” to patriarchy:

I just deleted a message I decided I wanted to answer because wine. I deleted four prior from this particular user. However, his gnat-like ravings about selfies tipped the scales.

So here’s the answer to a question I’m not trascribing in its entirety because of its use of homophobic and racist insults towards a woman he identifies by first and last name. Let’s get to the core of this dicknozzle’s multiple “questions” to me over the past three weeks:

You apparently already deactivated your Tumblr, which saddens me. I was going to congratulate you on being the first piece of literal dogshit to learn how to type and navigate the internet after climbing from the primordial ooze of Reddit. Alas, the pressure to perform became too much.

Here’s the answer to your question, fuckwhistle: No.

It’s not hypocritical because in taking a selfie, I am empowering myself and other people who identify as women to put our images out there and control how they appear because in a world that emphasizes we will never be enough, that picture made us feel fabulous. If I got all dolled up, I’m sharing that because I’m goddamn proud. It’s not for your entertainment. I’m taking pride in the way that photo makes me feel.

And are you suggesting that to be feminist is to only post unflattering photos? Or none at all? Because I searched my couch cushions, purses, and pockets and still could not find one single solitary fuck to give about your manchild whines about how we’re “lying” to you with our makeup and flattering Instagram pics. If you’re so batshit deluded that you think I really have ruby red lips, glittery eyelids, and appear only through faux-arty filters named “Amaro” and “Valencia”, that’s not my problem, it’s yours. And your anger about girls who “have pretty pictures but are ugly bitches” is goddamn creepy and smacks of the entitlement you should lose right quick. WE DON’T OWE YOU SHIT, COCKWAGON.

tl;dr — I take selfies for my damn self, and if that irks the fuck out of a whiny wankstain like yourself, that’s just icing on the cake. I’d say kiss my whole butthole, but I don’t want your fedaura within a few hundred feet of me.

Cheers,
Meg

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