Cognitive Dissonance

"Democracy! Bah! When I hear that I reach for my feather boa!" - Allen Ginsberg

Posts tagged politics

112 notes

Executive Order 14-09, signed by Gov. Jay Nixon, authorizing the deployment of the National Guard, and restricting access into and out of Ferguson.He claims it’s to assist law enforcement with restoring order, but he’s evidently not seen the videos where they’re teargassing children and threatening to shoot reporters in the head for filming. The cops don’t need protection from the people, the people need protection from the cops.

Executive Order 14-09, signed by Gov. Jay Nixon, authorizing the deployment of the National Guard, and restricting access into and out of Ferguson.

He claims it’s to assist law enforcement with restoring order, but he’s evidently not seen the videos where they’re teargassing children and threatening to shoot reporters in the head for filming. The cops don’t need protection from the people, the people need protection from the cops.

Filed under ferguson jay nixon protest politics mike brown racism National Guard

219 notes

Texas Governor Rick Perry indicted by grand jury | KXAN   

This might put a crimp in his 2016 plans:

"At the center of the issue is a complaint about intimidation stemming from Perry’s threat to veto of $7.5 million in state funding to the Public Integrity Unit run by Lehmberg’s office. The threat came after she pleaded guilty to drunk driving and served a 45-day sentence; Perry called on her to step down but she refused to resign her position. Perry then vetoed the funding for the PIU.

A grand jury was called to determine whether or not Perry broke the law when he threatened to veto the funding. As a result they issued indictments on two felony charges: abuse of official capacity and coercion of public servant. If found guilty on the charges, Perry could be sentenced to a maximum 109 years in prison.

An indictment indicates the grand jury believes the state has a strong enough case to send to trial and is not a finding of guilt. Special prosecutor Michael McCrum oversaw the presentation to the grand jury who has been meeting on and off this summer and returned the indictment Friday afternoon.”

Filed under rick perry politics crime corruption Texas 2016 GOP

44 notes

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.

Filed under cynthia lummis u.s. house politics refugee children undocumented children wyoming

247 notes

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:

image

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

(via pfcanimal-deactivated20140727)

Filed under guns gun control gun store yes virginia there are robberies at gun stores politics gun free zones gun violence law

377 notes

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)

Filed under us supreme court SCOTUS Richard Kopf Hobby Lobby contraception contraceptive mandate politics law