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Digby: Road rage for dummies

Every once in a while OTL,S! yoinks a complete post from somebody who can actually write, and hopes they take it as a compliment rather than a complete copyright violation. So far, we’re batting 1.000:

Road rage for dummies

by digby
This is exactly the kind of thing we can expect to see more of when the whole country is armed to the teeth.

“Police said two men died Wednesday after a shootout allegedly motivated by road rage, the Grand Rapids Press reported.
The initial police investigation showed Ionia, Mich. residents James Pullum, 43, and Robert Taylor, 56, pulled into a car wash parking lot after a confrontation on the road. They then exited their vehicles, drew handguns and exchanged fire, authorities said.
Police found both men at the scene with gunshot wounds, and the two were pronounced dead at an area hospital soon after, according to the newspaper.

Both men held concealed carry permits, according to police.”

With bullets flying all over the place it’s lucky they only killed each other. Usually we can expect a bunch of innocent bystanders to give their lives in these altercations. Even when trained cops start firing, it often ends up this way.

But there is a lesson in this for all of us. Behave as though any nut you come across in public is armed and willing to use his gun whenever he’s crossed. Because freedom.

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Martin Luther King, Jr.: a couple of thoughts on the Second Amendment and on extramarital affairs.

Slave_Market-Atlanta_Georgia_1864 As we all know, Martin Luther King Jr. was the most prominent figure in the passive-resistance civil rights movement in the US. He was shot to death in retaliation by a Southern white man. His memory and accomplishments were immediately targeted by smear stories about his sex life.

I. Guns:
A recent piece by Thom Hartmann at The Smirking Chimp is as revealing/surprising/forehead-slapping as any OTL,S! has encountered in the hundreds of years this blog has been in existence. It is rewritten to some advantage here. In short, the present form of the second amendment (the “bear arms” amendment) is what it is because of a perceived need to preserve slavery.

The Second Amendment was Ratified to Preserve Slavery

The real reason the Second Amendment was ratified, and why it says “State” instead of “Country” (the Framers knew the difference – see the 10th Amendment), was to preserve the slave patrol militias in the southern states, which was necessary to get Virginia’s vote [ratifying the Constitution itself]. Founders Patrick Henry, George Mason, and James Madison were totally clear on that . . . and we all should be too.

In the beginning, there were the militias. In the South, they were also called the “slave patrols,” and they were regulated by the states.

In Georgia, for example, a generation before the American Revolution, laws were passed in 1755 and 1757 that required all plantation owners or their male white employees to be members of the Georgia Militia, and for those armed militia members to make monthly inspections of the quarters of all slaves in the state. The law defined which counties had which armed militias and even required armed militia members to keep a keen eye out for slaves who may be planning uprisings.

As Dr. Carl T. Bogus wrote for the University of California Law Review in 1998, “The Georgia statutes required patrols, under the direction of commissioned militia officers, to examine every plantation each month and authorized them to search ‘all Negro Houses for offensive Weapons and Ammunition’ and to apprehend and give twenty lashes to any slave found outside plantation grounds.”

It’s the answer to the question raised by the character played by Leonardo DiCaprio in Django Unchained when he asks, “Why don’t they just rise up and kill the whites?” If the movie were real, it would have been a purely rhetorical question, because every southerner of the era knew the simple answer: Well regulated militias kept the slaves in chains.

II. Extramarital affairs:

J. Edgar Hoover took it upon himself to obtain blackmail material, largely of a sexual nature, on anyone and everyone he wished, including presidents and Martin Luther King, Jr. Back in the 60’s this material was rather shocking, because no one bothered to point out/tried to ignore/hide the fact that extramarital affairs were quite common (not to endorse them) and that homosexuality was not only common but also normal. The JEH strategy became standard political strategy in the “anything goes”/fair game Karl Rove era, and led, bizarrely, to the impeachment of a sitting president. In fact, the very persons and political groups who have shouted the loudest about sex have turned out to have the most to hide. Yes, JEH, KR, et al, OTL,S! is lookin at you. It is long past time to reject the hypocrisy of Hoover and the politics of sex revelations. These are mortals, people.

OTL,S! salutes the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his accomplishments.

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Arizona: Don’t go there unless you are armed, white, and ready to fight.

Another homicidal maniac in Arizona. Yawn.

One of the staunch allies of both Arpaio and Pearce in their fight against the brown people was an out-and-out Nazi named J.T. Ready – although, eventually, even Pearce distanced himself from Ready and the armband crowd.

Yesterday, J. T. Ready went into a home in Gilbert, Arizona and blew-away four people and then himself, which was definitely doing things in the wrong order. Guilt-by-association, hell. Local politicians in Arizona have been playing footsie with murderous hoodlums for going on a decade now; the Phoenix New Times has done some very brave reporting on this, and my buddy Dave Niewert has been tracking the nexus of what he calls “the eliminationists” and mainstream politicians out west for over 20 years. Quite simply, responsible authorities in Arizona should have put a stop to this years ago. Russell Pearce testified before Congress. There are levels of madness out there in the land that we can’t possibly fathom.

“Guns save lives.” Funny how that doesn’t ring true.

Contrary to what my friends say, Arizona is not a joke. It is a hellhole of hatred, racism, gunplay I mean murder, and corruption. Oh, I forgot insanity. Their major concern is whether there is a single place in the entire state where mentally challenged, emotional-disrupted and/or underage persons cannot legally carry (in plain view, or hidden), and brandish or discharge, fully loaded assault weapons. Because more guns in more places is the only thing that can make life in Arizona into a delight.

Good luck with that. And don’t expect to see my shining face anytime soon.



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Anti-Health Care Reform Protester Encourages Physical Violence, Use Of Firearms

lynchThe inmates are running amok on the streets, funded by corporate America. This will not end well….and of course the Beltway pundits will echo: ‘who could have predicted…”

via TPM:
from his Tweets,

…an anti-health care reform protester in New Mexico named Scott Oskay is calling on his hundreds of online followers to bring firearms to town halls, and to ‘badly hurt’ SEIU and ACORN counter protesters.

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