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.

Tags: news politics

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

Tags: politics

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.

Tags: politics

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.

The cease-fire lasted just 90 minutes. Haha. Way to go, Hamas. You may have a bunch of sophomoric American liberals fooled, but you ain’t got me fooled.

fuck-hamas-go-israel:

Hashem bless Joan Rivers! She told it like it is!

"Can Selena Gomez even spell Palestinian?" - Joan Rivers

Tags: politics lol

The Supreme Court makes a good decision. Holy shit.

On Wednesday, the Supremes ruled UNANIMOUSLY that cops need a warrant before going through your device. The ruling used the somewhat antiquated term “cellphone”, but we all know that what everybody is carrying around is much more than a phone, cell or otherwise.

Mine, for example, is also a flashlight.

Chief Justice Roberts recognized this: “Modern cellphones are not just another technological convenience. With all they contain and all they may reveal, they hold for many Americans the privacies of life.”

I’m starting to like this Court more and more. In history, one day, we may refer to “the Roberts Court”, the one that faced down the internet age and said people have a right to be left the fuck alone.

Of course, the Obama administration, as well as the state of California, opposed the decision, saying it would hamper police work. But Roberts set them straight, saying: “Sometimes privacy has a high cost.”

Indeed it does. And it’s worth every goddamn penny.

Tags: politics

The Gay Marriage Ban is about to be struck down in my state. High five!

It went to court today, according to the paper. Not sure how long it’ll take, but any clear-thinking, freedom-supporting judge will strike that shit down, as we have seen in state after state, most recently in Oregon.

I’m sorry, but this is America and you CAN’T WRITE DISCRIMINATION INTO LAW. The majority does not have the right to treat a minority like shit. That’s not democracy. One of the catchphrases (i.e., lies) of the communist revolution in Russia was “Dictatorship by the majority.”

BULLSHIT.

Only recently did I become aware that we even had a gay marriage ban. I don’t remember voting on it. Obviously, I would’ve voted against it, but I really don’t recall it happening. Maybe I was out of state then or in one of my non-political periods. I guess it’s been around since the nightmare that was the George W. Bush administration. I spent a lot of that time blackout drunk for obvious reasons, so maybe that’s why I don’t remember.

I live in the second largest city in South Dakota, only a few blocks from the county courthouse, and when it does happen I’m going down there to witness it. I think it’ll be so cool. Nothing ever happens here.

I’m not the sort of person to carry a sign or be very vocal about political shit (except on the internet, where I am very brave), but you can be sure I’ll give the happy couples a thumbs up. We ain’t all backwoods gun-fucking rednecks!

PS: driving down here to post this, I passed the federal courthouse and there’s a dozen, dozen and a half supporters out front waving signs and cheering—supporters for over-turning the ban. I honked and waved. I’m guessing it’s before the judge as I post this. Perhaps a decision will come as soon as today or this evening…

The Business Plural

is when you refer to yourself as more than one person to make yourself sound like a whole organization, even though you’re not. In your mind, it makes you sound official-er. “We” are starting this great new website! “We” want you to join “us”!

Bullshit. I know it’s just some guy, his laptop, and a dream.

I seem to have some sort of bullshit business plural radar. I can spot it a mile away. It just stands out to me as jarring, like how yelling “FUCK!” in a church stands out to the little old ladies in the pews. Sometimes, though, I hear the business plural and don’t even notice it. Know why? Because I am talking to a representative of a real organization and I can just tell.

Call it cynic’s intuition.

Mostly, when I detect the bullshit business plural it’s on the net. Not always, though. I will hear a plural pronoun and the hair will stand up on the back of my neck and I will just know it’s one guy in his mother’s basement.

Look, you may be an entrepreneur of some sort and I respect that. Maybe you really are in your mother’s basement and you want to get the fuck out of it because she’s a total bitch with a glue and gold spray paint problem and you have this crazy idea that might actually work. Why must you refer to yourself in the plural, though? Is it false humility (which is the greatest form of egoism)—embarrassment at using the word “I”? Is it really because you think you sound more official?

I don’t know but every entrepreneur in America—and we are a nation of entrepreneurs—refers to him or herself in the plural, even before they hire employee one. Perhaps especially before.

Look, there’s nothing else to do in this country anymore but be an entrepreneur since we shipped all our manufacturing jobs to Asia. “We” did it, not the corporations. “We” want the cheapest shit “we” can get our hands on and for that to be possible “we” gotta get someone who will work for peanuts to build it. Enter Asia.

One time I was in a store and heard a woman loudly bitching about the price of bananas. They were 65 cents a pound, but at a store down the road they were only 59 cents a pound. She was actually insulted by that.

You must understand that there are two kinds of poverty in the world: American poverty and real poverty like you find in Africa and India and so forth. When I was homeless, 90 percent of the people in the rescue shelter had cellphone service of some kind, including me. We had nowhere to sleep, but at least we could text each other about it.

I bet an entire village in Africa could be fed and clothed by the contents of a Walmart SuperCenter’s dumpster. There is a reason these big stores lock up their dumpsters at night and it’s not because they don’t want other people using them. It’s because here in America, even our garbage is fucking gold.

"Conservative, noun: A statesman who is enamored with existing evils, as distinguished from a Liberal who wishes to replace them with others."

— Ambrose Bierce