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Listening to the GOPers, they're all talking as if Farook's radicalization is like some alien curse

Some infection that has to be eradicated with a healthy dose of semantics and foreign intervention.

And the guns. Oh, the guns, those precious innocents were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. For shame... But let's leave them out of the discussion, shall we?

The problem with that narrative is that we have the constant implementation of one particular equation; radicalization plus tons of easily obtainable firearms equals mass shootings. So, does one kind of armed radical, who's hellbent on killing lots of people, really matter versus another kind? The end result is pretty much the same, right?

One armed radical, with very little regard for other people's rights and humanity pretty much acts the same as another. Ignoring these incidents as being part of the fabric of our great society and using a particular kind rhetoric against certain people that will never be used for others is nothing more than furthering one's own political agenda. An agenda, such as engendering support for bombing brown people into smithereens in some far off dirt pile, this is nothing more than disingenuous Neocon cheer leading.

And let's not forget that the NRA's checks have cleared for those who are completely unwilling to do anything about the deluge of firearms in this country. The guns themselves are both sacrosanct and innocent. As a matter of fact, some of them are saying that everyone should been armed, that there would have been so many gunshot victims had they been strapped themselves.

You know, I've never been in a gun fight before, but I would hazard a guess that a roomful of armed civilians, all shooting at each other might have created more chaos and dead bodies than the alternative. That teachers shooting over the heads of their pupils might great more carnage. That using the 2nd Amendment as a ready excuse to carry around firearms for any old reason whatsoever would create more and more scenarios where anyone can get shot for any reason under the sun.

Armed radicals shoot people, that's what they do. They really don't need any justification other than their own radicalization to do that, so cherry-picking one kind of armed, murderous, radical thug from another only demonstrates how far one will go to be intellectually dishonest.

Face the facts, this country has a sick society, where people can get radicalized at the drop of a hat and also we're a society that's infested with firearms. Mix the two and we have a recipe for carnage.

I have a theory why this country is so willing to drench itself in bloodshed. I'll have to do a little more thinking about it before I write it.

Otherwise, have a safe Friday everyone.

Our NRA whore Republican lawmakers would rather do nothing to stop the carnage

So, they can take their impotent "thoughts and prayers" and stick 'em where the Sun don't shine.

Our shameful national body count abides.

And that's just the start...

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Black Kos, Tuesday's Chile

By Black Kos
Tuesday Dec 01, 2015 4:09 PM EST

Black Celebrity Endorsements: The Cautionary Tale of Joe Louis’ Endorsement for Wendell Willkie

Commentary by Chitown Kev

Joe Louis campaigned for Republican nominee Wendell Willkie in 1940. Still, ~65-70% of blacks voted for FDR nationwide.

Last Tuesday in Atlanta, rapper and political activist Killer Mike (birth name: Michael Render) reiterated his endorsement of Bernie Sanders for the 2016 Democratic nomination for President. Killer Mike’s introduction of Senator Sanders, in which he explained his endorsement of Bernie Sanders is both passionate and eloquent. Frankly, I think this is a good “get” for Senator Sanders in terms of endorsements for his candidacy.

But I am alarmed by the volume of commentary hoping and hyping that Killer Mike’s endorsement will, somehow, drive up Senator Sanders’ sagging poll numbers among African-Americans. To read much of the commentary on this specific endorsement of Senator Sanders, Mr. Render’s endorsement will unleash torrents of damned-up African American support for Senator Sanders that will allow Sanders to siphon off enough African American supporters of his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and sweep Sanders to the Democratic nomination. Historically, gaining black electoral support via black celebrity endorsements is easily said but rarely done, as the case of heavyweight champion Joe Louis’ endorsement of Republican nominee Wendell Willkie in the 1940 presidential campaign shows.

First, let’s just stipulate that in terms of “celebrity”, Killer Mike is not in the same league (or even the same galaxy cluster) as Joe Louis circa 1940. That’s simply an objective fact.

Mr. Louis gave his reasons for supporting Mr. Willkie’s 1940 presidential campaign in his 1978 autobiography Joe Louis, My Life (written with Edna and Art Rust, Jr.):

...I didn’t know too much about Willkie except that he was running on the internationalist wing of the Republican Party out of Indiana. He was real heavy on civil rights. But you know, there was something so sincere and honest about the man that he got my attention. I had started getting involved with politics through Charles Roxborough; he was Roxy’s brother. Charles was the first black Senator from Michigan. Sometimes he’d have me appear at political events and sit me up on the dias. When they’d introduced me, I’d stand up and say “Thank you” and sit right down but I’d listen. I never supported anybody in politics unless I felt that they were giving my people a fair shake.

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