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Guns aren't shields

Everytime there is a shooting, we get the usual "more guns would have solved this problem". But guns don't shield people - they lead to, at best, an even larger hail of bullets.

This sounds so incredibly stupid to have to say. People need protection from guns. And guns don't provide that.
Posted by ProfessorPlum | Mon Oct 29, 2018, 09:59 AM (14 replies)

Republican never-trumpers are right to squawk loudly about what is happening

The American version of Krystallnacht will be/would be horrible, of course, with attacks on minorities, minorities' businesses,
places of worship, etc.

But the Night of Long Knives, which preceded Krystallnacht by several years, was when Hitler purged and killed hundreds of people IN HIS OWN PARTY to consolidate his power.

So, I won't begrudge Steve Schmidt, Joe Scarborough, Anna Navarro, and other GOPers who are trying their best to point out the murderous road we are goosestepping down. They are likely to be among the next targets, as this tragic history is repeated as farce here in the dumb ol' USA.
Posted by ProfessorPlum | Fri Oct 26, 2018, 09:47 AM (1 replies)

I'm early voting tonight, first day of early voting in MA. Against Fascism. Again.

Let's hope it does more good than last time.
Posted by ProfessorPlum | Mon Oct 22, 2018, 02:54 PM (0 replies)

When (if) the Democrats ever get the power to pass legislation again and have it become law

They need to create new crimes for voter suppression. Like, if a government official takes an action that denies more than 100 legitimate voters their ability to vote, that official goes to jail.

no more voting roll purges

no more shutting down polling places in minority districts

no more demanding ID to vote

no more flyers that have the wrong date for election day

etc.

let's get serious about protecting the right to vote - and put some criminal penalties and teeth behind punishments for trying to screw people out of the franchise. Right now, GOP dirty tricksters disenfranchise voters by the thousands, and Democrats seem to just take it and hope that turnout wins elections anyway.

Posted by ProfessorPlum | Sun Oct 14, 2018, 04:29 PM (5 replies)

How many NY real estate families are stealing from the state in the same way Fred Trump did?

I wouldn't be surprised that NYC, which needs money to fix its subway system, is impoverished by this same set of tax scams. Self-reporting your own properties' value? If we just enforced the laws already on the books (except THIS time, catch RICH lawbreakers), the rest of us wouldn't have to be effectively stolen from to pay for things the rich should be paying.
Posted by ProfessorPlum | Fri Oct 12, 2018, 07:22 AM (13 replies)

I think of Dr Ford's sacrifice for the country like the ending of The Dead Zone

She exposed those GOP senators as the black hearted villains they are by making them act. Surely, we thought, even they don't have the insolence to confirm an almost certain rapist, an obvious liar, and a black out drunk to the SC. But that is exactly what she forced them to do, in front of the whole world.

Hold that baby up as a human shield, and expose your black soul to everyone.
Posted by ProfessorPlum | Tue Oct 9, 2018, 09:19 PM (1 replies)

The FBI didn't interview or investigate Ford, Kavanaugh, or Judge. Do I have that right?

Because why talk to those three when the allegations are about what happened inside a room that had Ford, Kavanaugh, and Judge in it.

By that I mean as part of their special 1-week dog and pony waiting show

Posted by ProfessorPlum | Tue Oct 9, 2018, 12:34 PM (7 replies)

Why don't we put Karl Rove on the Supreme Court while we're

At it. Or Frank Luntz. Or Ann Coulter. Or Roger Stone. Or Lee Atwater.

I guess we'll be spared Atwater, who is dead.

Kavanaugh is not a lawyer and a judge as much as he is a Republican dirty trickster who was awarded with a judgeship by W for his loyalty to Republican dirty tricks. This is what (among a million other things) makes him unfit for the SC
Posted by ProfessorPlum | Thu Oct 4, 2018, 08:31 AM (4 replies)

Thank you to Chad Ludington, but his name sounds like he was played by James Spader

with a sweater wrapped around his neck in the movie.

But I'll take someone trying to tell the truth any day of the week

Posted by ProfessorPlum | Mon Oct 1, 2018, 02:40 PM (10 replies)

Fairness versus Hierarchy

There are two kinds of humans - humans that want fairness to be more important than hierarchy. And humans that want hierarchy to be more important than fairness.

We've seen a stark example of this in the reaction to Thursday's testimony. All over social media, hierarchic humans are bawling about someone at the top of hierarchy being slowed and possibly stopped by someone "below" him.

I know which kind of world I'd rather live in. Fairness would be so beneficial for so many people, it amazes me how much power the authoritarians still have.

And I know what happens when the hierarchy gets too much power - they start committing the ultimate acts of unfairness against those they perceive at the bottom of the ladder. Putting refuges in camps. Creating a police state for immigrants - both legal and undocumented. Crapping on women. Creating vast unfairness for minorities. Dictating the official religion.

We need a better sales pitch for Fairness. Hierarchy explains itself to people fairly automatically (you're better than some people, and $ome people are better than mo$t). It's why we have two justice systems.

It always amazes me how many people would trade fairness (which would shower benefits on them) for being one or two rungs up their ladder.
Posted by ProfessorPlum | Sun Sep 30, 2018, 02:16 PM (1 replies)
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