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  • Reply to: Loser   1 day 17 hours ago
  • Reply to: Loser   2 days 6 hours ago

    ... in my Fire Madison file. Maybe there is a god after all.

  • Reply to: Tuesday Twitter roundup   4 days 9 hours ago

    Don't blame me, I read Edgar Allan Poe and Robert Heinlein to my kids. And they turned just fine, for the most part...

  • Reply to: Sunday News: From the Editorial pages   5 days 16 hours ago

    You've probably already seen reports of the mass shooting in Buffalo yesterday afternoon, and this time we don't have to "wait and see" what it was all about. That's because the shooter wanted everybody to know, trying to livestream it on Twitch and posting his 180 page manifesto online.

    His motives were undeniably racist, and closely linked to a lot of (believe it or not) mainstream Republican talking points. Here's a quick primer:

    The “great replacement” theory, in simple terms, states that welcoming immigration policies — particularly those impacting nonwhite immigrants — are part of a plot designed to undermine or “replace” the political power and culture of white people living in Western countries.

    Multiple iterations of the “great replacement” theory have been and continue to be used by anti-
    immigrant groups, white supremacists, and others. Prominent iterations include:

    Rhetoric of invasion: The theory often uses martial and violent rhetoric of a migrant “invasion”
    that must be stopped before it “conquers” “white America.”

    Voter replacement: The theory also sometimes incorporates the inaccurate assumption that
    nonwhite immigrants will vote a certain way, and therefore pro-immigration policies are designed by
    elites to diminish the political influence of white Americans.

    Antisemitism: In still other iterations, the theory can be found embedded in a web of other
    xenophobic conspiracies, including antisemitic notions that Jewish elites are responsible for the
    “replacement” plot.

    Regardless of which version is referenced, proponents of the “great replacement” theory almost
    always paint a life-or-death scenario concerning the fate of “white America.” The theory contends that
    nonwhite immigration must be stopped, or else the country is on — as Carlson put it — a “suicidal”
    path. As a consequence of these existential terms, the theory often coincides, directly or indirectly,
    with calls for violence.

    10 people died yesterday, not because of a "mental health" problem, but because of right-wing propaganda. Tucker Carlson, Deval Patrick, Matt Gaetz, and many others are guilty of propagating this issue. And that list most definitely includes Donald Trump. He's been preaching variations on white replacement for several years, along with many other absurd conspiracies.

    Let's talk about gun control laws for a minute. The Buffalo shooter is only 18, but he could legally purchase the assault rifle he used yesterday. Think about that. You have to be 21 in New York (state) to get a permit for a handgun, but an AR-15? No problem. And no Federal background check, so even if this kid had a reported mental health issue or criminal record, there's no process to stop him from buying a high velocity/capacity combat weapon.

    Here in NC, professional gun dealers are required to do Federal background checks on assault rifles, but not private sellers. Ergo the gun show loophole, which is a gathering of professional and private sellers. As such, we are part of a pipeline that supplies dangerous weapons all the way up the East Coast, and our inability to develop common-sense gun-control measures causes needless death and destruction as a result.

    Combine that with our apparent lack of concern about the growing threat of White Supremacy, and you have a recipe for race-inspired violence that will only get worse in the near future. Yes, it's a frightening proposition. And the only way to avert that crisis is in the ballot box.

  • Reply to: Tuesday Twitter roundup   1 week 4 days ago

    Tee-hee... :)