"We are breathing a little easier, but we are still holding our breath."

— Mike Rawlings, mayor of Dallas, on no new Ebola cases in five days.

I have a great idea. Let’s send 3,000 American troops who are not medically trained into an area infested with Ebola and then bring them back home. What could possibly go wrong?

Still, someone has to help and that’s what America does. Can you imagine any other country doing something like this? Me either.

Very worrisome, though.

Obama slams the GOP as the party of billionaires at $32,000 a plate fundraiser hosted by a man named Rich.

Sometimes comedy writes itself.

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I think the Republicans will win the Senate, rendering Obama entirely ineffective for his last two years in office.

It’ll be just like his first six years in office :)

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I feel the same way about Obama as Gandalf does about Saruman.

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"What is a country? A country is a piece of land surrounded on all sides by boundaries, usually unnatural. Englishmen are dying for England, Americans are dying for America, Germans are dying for Germany, Russians are dying for Russia. There are now fifty or sixty countries fighting in this war. Surely so many countries can’t all be worth dying for."

— Joseph Heller, Catch-22

The citizens of Davis, California have demanded that a militarized police truck get the hell out of the town.
The MRAP (mine-resistant, ambush-protected) vehicle was a gift from the federal government, which has been militarizing local civilian police departments ever since 9/11 provided them the perfect excuse to. Under Obama alone, according to a New York Times article, “police departments have received tens of thousands of machine guns; nearly 200,000 ammunition magazines; thousands of pieces of camouflage and night-vision equipment; and hundreds of silencers, armored cars and aircraft.” 
The result is that police agencies around the nation possess military-grade equipment, turning civilian police departments who are supposed to fight crime and protect communities into what look like the invading forces of an enemy army (re: Ferguson). And, surprise, military-style police raids have increased in recent years, because, according to a cop who wishes to remain anonymous, “We totally can now.”
The Davis City Council told their police department to get rid of the military vehicle it received within the next 60 days. Citizens of the California city gathered in anger at the sight of the MRAP vehicle entering their jurisdiction so the council responded by passing a resolution to get rid of it.
"I would like to say I do not suggest you take this vehicle and send it out of Davis, I demand it. I demand it!” said one man.
“Since you can’t give it back it should be re-purposed.” another said. “Put a water cannon on it, for, like, when it gets really hot.”
A woman nearby said it could be turned into a homeless shelter for six or eight people. “Look how big the damn thing is,” she added.
Local police defended the acquisition of the vehicle by stating that they have confiscated many high-powered weapons this year. “We enjoy a certain quality of life but nonetheless the real world intrudes upon us from time to time,” Davis Police Chief Landy Black said. He went on to point out that that Davis has a minority population of 35%, or “about one out of every two.” More importantly, Black said, the University of California, Davis is located in the community. “There are 28,000 students attending that campus. What if they started protesting something and stepped outside of the designated free speech area? What if they refused to go home when we told them to? Free speech is a guaranteed right in this country, but there’s limits to it and those limits are determined by me, the government. By my big guns and by my big authority, and now by this big invincible truck. Have you seen it yet? It’s awesome! This is all way better than playing G.I. Joe when we were kids.”
A change.org petition is circulating that demands the Davis Police Department get rid of the vehicle. The petition is addressed to the City of Davis, but since the city council is already on board, only the police are left to convince. Do you think they’ll listen to the citizens for whom they work?
Me neither, but there it all is…

The citizens of Davis, California have demanded that a militarized police truck get the hell out of the town.

The MRAP (mine-resistant, ambush-protected) vehicle was a gift from the federal government, which has been militarizing local civilian police departments ever since 9/11 provided them the perfect excuse to. Under Obama alone, according to a New York Times article, “police departments have received tens of thousands of machine guns; nearly 200,000 ammunition magazines; thousands of pieces of camouflage and night-vision equipment; and hundreds of silencers, armored cars and aircraft.” 

The result is that police agencies around the nation possess military-grade equipment, turning civilian police departments who are supposed to fight crime and protect communities into what look like the invading forces of an enemy army (re: Ferguson). And, surprise, military-style police raids have increased in recent years, because, according to a cop who wishes to remain anonymous, “We totally can now.”

The Davis City Council told their police department to get rid of the military vehicle it received within the next 60 days. Citizens of the California city gathered in anger at the sight of the MRAP vehicle entering their jurisdiction so the council responded by passing a resolution to get rid of it.

"I would like to say I do not suggest you take this vehicle and send it out of Davis, I demand it. I demand it!” said one man.

“Since you can’t give it back it should be re-purposed.” another said. “Put a water cannon on it, for, like, when it gets really hot.”

A woman nearby said it could be turned into a homeless shelter for six or eight people. “Look how big the damn thing is,” she added.

Local police defended the acquisition of the vehicle by stating that they have confiscated many high-powered weapons this year. “We enjoy a certain quality of life but nonetheless the real world intrudes upon us from time to time,” Davis Police Chief Landy Black said. He went on to point out that that Davis has a minority population of 35%, or “about one out of every two.” More importantly, Black said, the University of California, Davis is located in the community. “There are 28,000 students attending that campus. What if they started protesting something and stepped outside of the designated free speech area? What if they refused to go home when we told them to? Free speech is a guaranteed right in this country, but there’s limits to it and those limits are determined by me, the government. By my big guns and by my big authority, and now by this big invincible truck. Have you seen it yet? It’s awesome! This is all way better than playing G.I. Joe when we were kids.”

A change.org petition is circulating that demands the Davis Police Department get rid of the vehicle. The petition is addressed to the City of Davis, but since the city council is already on board, only the police are left to convince. Do you think they’ll listen to the citizens for whom they work?

Me neither, but there it all is…

(Source: early-onset-of-night)

While we were looking at leaked celebrity nudes or complaining about people looking at leaked celebrity nudes or complaining about the people complaining about the people who looked at leaked celebrity nudes,

another American journalist got beheaded.

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Picture of me waiting for universal healthcare.

Picture of me waiting for universal healthcare.

"The police are not here to create disorder, they’re here to preserve disorder."

— Richard J. Daley, mayor of Chicago, during the riots that took place there in 1968

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Top: Wednesday evening in Ferguson
Bottom: Thursday evening in Ferguson, after the governor of Missouri replaced the local cops with the highway patrol.
"No more playing army, guys. Sorry."

Top: Wednesday evening in Ferguson

Bottom: Thursday evening in Ferguson, after the governor of Missouri replaced the local cops with the highway patrol.

"No more playing army, guys. Sorry."

(Source: early-onset-of-night)

"Why armored vehicles in a Midwestern inner suburb? Why would cops wear camouflage gear against a terrain patterned by convenience stores and beauty parlors? Why are the authorities in Ferguson, Mo. so given to quasi-martial crowd control methods (such as bans on walking on the street) and, per the reporting of Riverfront Times, the firing of tear gas at people in their own yards? (“‘This is my property!’ he shouted, prompting police to fire a tear gas canister directly at his face.”) Why would someone identifying himself as an 82nd Airborne Army veteran, observing the Ferguson police scene, comment that “We rolled lighter than that in an actual warzone”? The dominant visual aspect of the story, however, has been the sight of overpowering police forces confronting unarmed protesters who are seen waving signs or just their hands." —Walter Olsen of the Cato Institute on the Ferguson Riots
"The militarization of our law enforcement is due to an unprecedented expansion of government power… It is one thing for federal officials to work in conjunction with local authorities to reduce or solve crime. It is quite another for them to subsidize it. Americans must never sacrifice their liberty for an illusive and dangerous, or false, security. This has been a cause I have championed for years, and one that is at a near-crisis point in our country." —Senator Rand Paul on the Ferguson Riots

"Why armored vehicles in a Midwestern inner suburb? Why would cops wear camouflage gear against a terrain patterned by convenience stores and beauty parlors? Why are the authorities in Ferguson, Mo. so given to quasi-martial crowd control methods (such as bans on walking on the street) and, per the reporting of Riverfront Times, the firing of tear gas at people in their own yards? (“‘This is my property!’ he shouted, prompting police to fire a tear gas canister directly at his face.”) Why would someone identifying himself as an 82nd Airborne Army veteran, observing the Ferguson police scene, comment that “We rolled lighter than that in an actual warzone”? The dominant visual aspect of the story, however, has been the sight of overpowering police forces confronting unarmed protesters who are seen waving signs or just their hands." —Walter Olsen of the Cato Institute on the Ferguson Riots

"The militarization of our law enforcement is due to an unprecedented expansion of government power… It is one thing for federal officials to work in conjunction with local authorities to reduce or solve crime. It is quite another for them to subsidize it. Americans must never sacrifice their liberty for an illusive and dangerous, or false, security. This has been a cause I have championed for years, and one that is at a near-crisis point in our country." —Senator Rand Paul on the Ferguson Riots

(Source: early-onset-of-night)

Nebraska is an asshole.

So I’m reading the paper, see, and it’s an article about all the great success we’ve been having overturning the stupid gay marriage bans. State by state they’re getting struck down, as I’m sure you’ve heard. Even my state’s ban (South Dakota) is working its way to inevitable and correct doom.

But the ban has been upheld twice in Nebraska. What the fuck? Upheld? And you wanna know something else? It’s one of the most far-reaching, draconian bans of them all. The article was telling the story of a couple who had married legally in Iowa, right next door to Nebraska. Two ladies, with a young son, who had been together for years and then finally got hitched when Iowa legalized gay marriage (one of the first states to do so, by the way). Like many, even most, married couples, they wanted the same last name and one of the ladies took her partner’s.

Anyway, fast forward a few years, and the family made a move, for career reasons, to Nebraska, which, as I pointed out in the title, is an asshole. They were there awhile and it came time for the lady who had taken her wife’s name to renew her driver’s license. Well, they wouldn’t let her. They insisted that she do it under her maiden name, which, legally, was no longer her name, so they wouldn’t let her even do that. In Nebraska, her VERY NAME was illegal because she was gay.

Think about that.

Then, to top it all off, she finds out that she has no legal rights to her own son, who is, biologically, her wife’s offspring. So, like, God forbid, if something happens to her wife, she very well could lose her son, simply because she’s gay—and, of course, the kid could lose both his parents, simply because of their gayness.

100 miles east of where she is living, none of this would be true. Isn’t that weird?

What part of love your neighbor as yourself do these fuckwads not get?

Jesus.

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Some recent politically incorrect cartoons not in line with the dogma of a certain subset of liberals (the sophomoric subset). Due to media bias against Israel, these are pretty rare.

(Source: early-onset-of-night)

Richard M. Nixon plays his Piano Concerto #1

"If you want to make beautiful music, you must play the black and the white notes together." - Richard M. Nixon, who resigned as President of the United States 40 years ago this week.

Nixon and his henchmen were accused of bugging their Democratic Party opponents. In other words, it was very likely that they were doing what the NSA does to you and me, only not as well or efficiently.

The last moderate Republican of any substance and he turned out to be as crooked as the very government itself.

Heh.