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THE NRA IS A RIGHT-WING TERRORIST ORGANIZATION: A child accidentally shoots a man dead & the NRA wants to remind us how kids can have fun with guns


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Not that it’s a surprise, but the NRA once again proves the obvious. It’s a wretched organization led by wretched people:

On Monday, a 9-year-old girl accidentally shot and killed her shooting instructor with a submachine gun called an Uzi. The girl accidentally pointed the weapon up towards her instructor when the enormous weapon’s recoil was too powerful for her to control.

A horrible tragedy, right? Not only is a man needlessly dead, but a little girl is permanently scarred. The lesson to be learned is clearly not to give automatic weapons to children. But did we even need to learn that in the first place?

Apparently, yes. The National Rifle Association responded to the event just two days later by tweeting a list of ways that children can “have fun at the shooting range.” The Huffington Post’s Christina Wilkie caught it first, and managed to capture a screenshot of the tweet before it was deleted an hour later.

Because to the NRA, the only proper response to the horrors of gun violence is to tout the joy and wonder of guns. Humanity does not matter. The NRA is a humanity-free zone. As Wilkieexplains:

The Arizona shooting has prompted a heated national debate over what guns are safe for use by minors, even under supervision. Experts agree that an Uzi was the wrong choice for a 9-year-old girl.

The timing of the NRA’s tweet appears to be linked to this debate. Anstine’s column about children’s shooting targets was posted on August 20, almost a week before the Arizona shooting. Why the NRA would decide to push out this column to the more than 7,000 followers of its “NRA Women” account is unclear. The NRA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Because guns are so fun, and yet another accidental shooting death by yet another child should not dissuade parents from putting more guns in the hands of more children. To the vultures in the gun industry, anyway.

Source: Laurence Lewis for Daily Kos


Today in labor history, September 1, 2014: Today is Labor Day. In 1894, after sending in the Army and U.S. Marshals to break the Pullman strike, President Grover Cleveland’s popularity was in the toilet. In the immediate wake of the strike, legislation designating a federal Labor Day holiday was rushed unanimously through Congress and arrived on Cleveland’s desk for his signature. 


Sharing someone’s nude pics without their consent is a crime and should be treated as such, whether the victim is Jennifer Lawrence, Paris Hilton, or an ex that some jerk wants to embarrass.

We should shame (and prosecute) those who betray the trust of their intimate partners or steal private photos. This is outright theft and an invasion of privacy.

How many people know who leaked Paris Hilton’s tapes? A man she was dating, a few years older than her, who profited handsomely off his betrayal before she was even of drinking age.

What kind of person does that? Is he in jail? Shunned? Of course not.

Pam Anderson? Some guy doing work on their house stole the tapes and sold them for a profit. A basic thief.

I wish there were two distinctly opposite things we did differently here as a society. First, such an act would automatically make the thief a social pariah that could be prosecuted for personal damages.

Second, I wish it didn’t have to matter to us men or to the victims themselves. The social constructs we’ve created—and continue to nurture—that private bodies and natural human acts of love or lust can be collected as well as used to shame are both damaging.

I can’t help but recall the painful “we saw your boobs” skit from the Academy Awards that disgustingly reinforced and promoted both of those constructs as good fun. Sadly, there’s probably a little schadenfreude toward Lawrence because of her participation in it. But it shouldn’t be that way; she’s a victim here.

Societal changes don’t happen overnight, if at all. So aside from treating these crimes for what they are, what else can we do today?

Not much. For one, don’t trust cloud backups with your most private info. It appears that the recent leaks were from iCloud. The most notorious “ex-girlfriend revenge porn” site got most of their images not via betrayal, but by hacking into women’s Gmail accounts and stealing photos from there.

As far as keeping exes from sharing private information, I don’t see how punishment for that should be any less severe than for sharing your credit card numbers. And focus on these assholes, not their victims.

For now and the foreseeable future, we have to remember what society we live in and lock our doors. But we still must push for change in how we treat the thieves as well as the victims, and not tolerate the perpetuation of shaming women for their humanity and private selves.

Men’s rights activists don’t organize marches; they don’t build shelters or raise funds for abused men; they don’t organize prostate cancer-awareness events or campaign against prison rape. What they actually do, when they’re not simply carping in comments online, is target and harass women—from feminist writers and professors to activists—in an attempt to silence them.

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Republicans Court Female Voters By Carefully Explaining That Women Are Wrong


(Slate) Yesterday, Politico published a leaked report commissioned by two Republican lobbying groups on how the party can better attract female voters. The report, based on a recent poll of 800 female registered voters as well as a series of focus groups, is titled “Republicans and Women Voters: Huge Challenges, Real Opportunities.” The central challenge facing the Republican party is that women—particularly single women and women who have graduated from college—are “barely receptive” to its policies, and are likely to consider the party “intolerant,” “lacking in compassion,” and “stuck in the past.”

Here’s where the “real opportunity” comes in: If only the Republicans could explain to these women that they are wrong, their votes would come flooding in. The report says that it is a “lack of understanding” between women and Republicans that “closes many minds to Republican policy solutions.” Republicans can attract the female vote by attacking the Democratic claim that GOP policies do not promote “fairness” for women and dealing “honestly with any disagreement on abortion” before moving on to “other issues.”

I say we call this the “let me mansplain how there’s no War on Women while I jam this transvaginal probe up your ying-yang” strategy. Because that’s not very far off the mark.

These people have a real problem. And they think the voters have to change to suit them, not the other way around. That may be the way it’s worked for them with the talk radio/Fox News crowd, but that’s not going to work with people who don’t want to be propagandized. It’s not the way things work in a democracy.



OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City police officer was charged Friday with 16 counts including first-degree rape and sexual battery after being accused of assaulting at least eight women while on patrol.

Daniel Holtzclaw, 27, also faces charges of forcible oral sodomy and indecent exposure. Holtzclaw, a former standout football player in high school and college, was arrested Aug. 21. He remained in custody on a $5 million cash bond Friday, according to jail records.

He is accused of stopping women, who were all black and between the ages of 34 and 58, while on duty in Oklahoma City. Prosecutors allege that he raped two women and either fondled others or forced them to expose themselves, and police said there may be more victims.


"Former standout football player in high school and college"

"He only assaulted older Black women"

*39 people raise over $7,000 to defend him*

Alternatively titled: how we discuss and treat white male criminals (rapists) in the United States

Ben Barres is a biologist at Stanford who lived and worked as Barbara Barres until he was in his forties. For most of his career, he experienced bias, but didn’t give much weight to it—seeing incidents as discrete events. (When he solved a tough math problem, for example, a professor said, “You must have had your boyfriend solve it.”) When he became Ben, however, he immediately noticed a difference in his everyday experience: “People who don’t know I am transgendered treat me with much more respect,” he says. He was more carefully listened to and his authority less frequently questioned. He stopped being interrupted in meetings. At one conference, another scientist said, “Ben gave a great seminar today—but then his work is so much better than his sister’s.” (The scientist didn’t know Ben and Barbara were the same person.) “This is why women are not breaking into academic jobs at any appreciable rate,” he wrote in response to Larry Summers’s famous gaffe implying women were less innately capable at the hard sciences. “Not childcare. Not family responsibilities,” he says. “I have had the thought a million times: I am taken more seriously.”
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