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  • Latest mass murder caused by sex, homosexual, liberals, and everything else except guns, by Hunter
  • The trouble with top twos: Why California's primary isn't a preview of November, by Darth Jeff
  • Obama Doctrine: "Just because we have the best hammer does not mean that every problem is a nail," by Ian Reifowitz
  • Gun control impotency is another failure of the traditional media, by Egberto Willies
  • No, Vox, let's not abolish the TSA, by Dante Atkins

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  •  A revoltin' development 'round my way: (7+ / 0-)

    Self-proclaimed "French Quarter Minutemen" to "patrol" the Vieux Carre with concealed arms. They appear to be from Metairie.

    How would New Yorkers feel about vigilantes from Staten Island appointing themselves to "patrol" the Village?

    From the Dept. of What Could Go Wrong

    I live under the bridge to the 21st Century.

    by Crashing Vor on Sat May 31, 2014 at 03:12:20 PM PDT

  •  Looking forward to Armando's post on reparations. (1+ / 0-)
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    I wonder if it will mention Indigenous people as the original holders of the land and its capital, or if it will only discuss reparations in relation to the redistribution of the spoils from the theft of that land and capital.

    •  There have been several payouts to individual (0+ / 0-)

      native American tribes by way of reparations. And the US has paid out $1.6 billion to the Japanese Americans interned during World War II.
        It's astounding that reparations for African Americans is even controversial. Over, legal discrimination was ended just 50 years ago, and we have not yet undone the damage of de jure segregation, racist government housing policy, and educational disadvantage.

  •  All that can be said about guns in the US is (2+ / 0-)
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    Stude Dude, MTmofo

    that "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of children and other innocents.  Get used to it."  American exceptionalism?

    Building a better America with activism, cooperation, ingenuity and snacks.

    by judyms9 on Sat May 31, 2014 at 03:21:13 PM PDT

  •  Historical note .... (4+ / 0-)
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    gchaucer2, Stude Dude, JeffW, Eric Nelson

    ... which will appear in my Odds & Ends weekly wrap-up diary tomorrow:

    IN EXPLAINING why his 1960 album The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart became such a hit - winning the 1961 Grammy Album of the Year and which remains among the Top 20 best-selling comedy albums of all time - the 84 year-old entertainer posits:

    "I was just in the right place at the right time. I have a theory: It was aimed at college people. Nightclubs became very expensive. They had cover charges, and they priced-out the college kids at that time. Besides that, the humor [in clubs] wasn’t being directed at them, at their areas of concern, anything having to do with their life. It was mother-in-law jokes, 'Take my wife, please.' So they sort of set-up their own nightclub, in their dorm."

    "We should pay attention to that man behind the curtain."

    by Ed Tracey on Sat May 31, 2014 at 03:22:02 PM PDT

  •  I'm going to be traveling tomorrow and I will (0+ / 0-)

    miss all of this.  Still, I'll get to see New Jersey and Atlantic City and interact with a whole bunch of East Coast Librarians.  God knows what that will  be like, but I hear they are all really hot   . . . or not.

    "To conjugate in a future imperfect : will have been ongoing, once" -- Andrew Zawacki

    by Rikon Snow on Sat May 31, 2014 at 03:22:41 PM PDT

    •  The Connecticut librarians (1+ / 0-)
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      Rikon Snow

      were on the forefront of the opposition to the bullshite intrusions from the Patriot Act so maybe you'll meet one or two.

      I had the most amazing help from two librarians from the Pratt Library in Baltimore re: H.L. Mencken -- including a phone call on a Sunday!

      My Dad praised the librarian from the Library of Congress who performed extensive research on a particular battle in the Battle of the Bulge where my uncle (my mother's brother) died.  I come from a family who have loved librarians from the get go.  The library was our pathway to the world.

      Have a great time.

      " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

      by gchaucer2 on Sat May 31, 2014 at 03:27:50 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  will financial reparations cause conflict (0+ / 0-)
    Larry Neal, an economist at the University of Illinois, calculated the difference between the wages that slaves would have received from 1620 to 1840, minus estimated maintenance costs spent by slave owners, and reached a total of $1.4 trillion in 1983 dollars. At an annual rate of interest of 5 percent, that’s more than $6.5 trillion in 2014—just in lost wages. In a separate estimate in 1983, James Marketti calculated it at $2.1 trillion, equal to $10 trillion today. In 1989, economists Bernadette Chachere and Gerald Udinsky estimated that labor market discrimination between 1929 and 1969 cost black Americans $1.6 trillion.

    These estimates don’t include the physical harms of slavery, lost educational and wealth-building opportunities, or the cost of the discrimination that persists today. But it’s clear the magnitude of reparations would be in the trillions of dollars. For perspective, the federal government last year spent $3.5 trillion and GDP was $16.6 trillion.

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "If we appear to seek the unattainable, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable." (@eState4Column5)

    by annieli on Sat May 31, 2014 at 03:38:20 PM PDT

  •  "maintenance costs?" for those seized and (0+ / 0-)

    enaslaved?  I question the premise.  Heh.

    "To conjugate in a future imperfect : will have been ongoing, once" -- Andrew Zawacki

    by Rikon Snow on Sat May 31, 2014 at 04:07:14 PM PDT

  •  Guns? (0+ / 0-)

    The last mass murder was CAUSED by guns?  Or were guns partially utilized during?  

    Guns didn't cause the murders.  Rogers did.  He had his own twisted motives along with mental deficiencies.  Furthermore, guns weren't exclusively used as weapons.  You do a disservice to this particular crime/tragedy by trying (and failing) to blame the "gun".  But, I appreciate your tunnel visioned dedication to this cause.  The only way to stop gun violence is through the complete ban and total confiscation of all firearms.

    •  That has been done in the past (0+ / 0-)

      Didn't Hitler do that?  Yeah...I think so.

      That's not the solution.

      •  No, Hitler didn't do that. The Weimar Republic (2+ / 0-)
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        Glenn45, Urban Space Cowboy

        had some pretty strict gun laws. The Nazis made loosened up gun laws such that no permits were needed for a rifle or shotgun, and the Nazis extended the renewal time for pistol permits, and loosened up the requirements so that almost everyone (except Jews) could get a pistol permit.
           Hitler was all about Germans having guns.

          As for whether guns caused the Santa Barbara killings. Well, duh! How many drive by stabbings have you seen?

  •  Reparations? (0+ / 0-)

    This is a topic I'm looking forward to reading here on DKos.  

    Armando is an excellent writer and his posts prove themselves to be very pointed and very well thought out with good research presented.

    I'm betting that this VERY touchy subject will get quite a bit of banter here.  

  •  Roundup of political cartoons re the Ukraine: (0+ / 0-)

    Collected from international sources by the Swiss newspaper Neue Züricher Zeitung:

    The Dutch kids' chorus Kinderen voor Kinderen wishes all the world's children freedom from hunger, ignorance, and war. ♥ ♥ ♥ Forget Neo — The One is Minori Urakawa

    by lotlizard on Sat May 31, 2014 at 06:03:17 PM PDT

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