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  • Jon73 commented on the blog post Late, Late Night FDL: Takin’ It To The Streets

    2014-08-19 23:02:37View | Delete

    What’s on my mind tonight, unfortunately, is this disingenuous authoritarian asshole:

    Sunil Dutta, an LAPD officer and a professor at Colorado Tech University, writes in his 8-19 WaPo editorial (entitled “I’m a cop. If you don’t want to get hurt, don’t challenge me.”) that “cops are not murderers” and advises victims of the use of excessive force by police to “save your anger for later, and channel it appropriately.”

  • Jon73 commented on the diary post What DOD Military Equipment Has Your County Received Lately? by KateCA.

    2014-08-16 20:51:58View | Delete

    This ends either in a pile of dead cops or a pile of dead us.

  • Fuck your authoritarianism and blind loyalty mulp

    Seconded. mulp is one of these, and mulp knows it:
    “(Cass) Sunstein advocates that the Government’s stealth infiltration should be accomplished by sending covert agents into ‘chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups.’ He also proposes that the Government make secret payments to so-called ‘independent’ credible voices to bolster the Government’s messaging…”

  • We as a complacent people, OFG. We didn’t demand consideration of single payer–we didn’t even get riled when the public option was jettisoned.

  • We got what we settled for.

  • Rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Pretending to do something while doing nothing. An infuriatingly pointless waste of time. When there is absolutely no respect for our lives, let alone our civil liberties, petitions and calls to our congressmen and vague pledges of “reform” are not going to solve the problem.

  • Jon73 commented on the diary post Local Police Will Be Militarized As Long As Federal Government Is by David Swanson.

    2014-08-14 23:25:07View | Delete

    I think most Americans are still unprepared to step over the line that’s been drawn for them with generations of relentless my-country-right-or-wrong propaganda. Do they know that something’s wrong? Yes. Do they realize it’s getting worse? Yeah, I think that’s hard to miss. But are they willing to criticize military fetishism? Are they willing to [...]

  • I keep repeating myself, but we must present a united front on the issue of drug legalization. Pot users who are smug about their substance of choice and jeer at the use of opioid painkillers are playing right into the hands of those who want to keep all drugs, including marijuana, illegal. These people profit from the drug war, both monetarily and in more abstract (and sinister) terms. More than a decade ago they launched a hysterical propaganda campaign against painkillers (see Doris Bloodsworth), and clearly it’s working: the general public has been convinced that opioids are scary, morally wrong, and being crammed down our throats by Big Pharma with some nefarious purpose in mind.
    Well, guess what? You can’t have it both ways. Either there’s an epidemic and our streets are filled with drooling junkies who are destroying civilization as we know it, or painkillers are actually very difficult to access, statistics have been grossly distorted and there is no epidemic of overdoses. (Hint: choice #2 is the correct one.) And guess what else? The DEA and the police and the cockroaches who build and operate private prisons don’t want to see pot legalized or decriminalized, and are fighting tooth and nail to make sure it doesn’t happen. Their attitude has not evolved since the 1930s, when scare films like Reefer Madness and Marijuana: The Devil’s Weed were cranked out at their behest. They’ve lulled people into thinking that marijuana is almost in the clear and, hey, that’s what everybody really wanted, right? And if pot users join in the hysterical demonization of all those other filthy, soul-wrecking substances, why, maybe the Powers That Be will treat them extra nicely; maybe they’ll pursue someone else and leave pot smokers alone. But the fact is that they have just as much invested in maintaining the criminal penalties for pot as they do for every other drug. When National Marijuana Legalization Day never comes to pass, people will realize not only that it was cowardly and hypocritical to take the path of selective half-measures, but that it didn’t help their cause.
    If we truly oppose the War on Drugs, then we oppose the war on all drugs–not just the ones we enjoy. Right now they’re trying to divide and conquer. Don’t let them do it.

  • Jon73 commented on the blog post Why Airstrikes in Iraq Are a Mistake

    2014-08-08 10:17:39View | Delete

    This is why our form of government is unworkable: we have absolutely no say in how it functions. Whether or not we support endless war, it’s being waged in our names.

  • It’s not clear how unhinged the current Israeli government is…

    I’d say Moshe Feiglin’s Nazi rant gives us a pretty good idea of how hatefully insane Netanyahu’s government is

  • But surely going back to the polls when the time comes and voting for one corporate-owned candidate or the other will fix things right up, won’t it? I mean, it’s not like we need to do anything drastic.

  • Yes, von Braun worked in my back yard and had a civic center named after him–but Keitel, Rosenberg, Frick and seven others were justly hanged. A cleaner slate wipe than Nuremberg, then, if you like. I don’t find figures like McGovern, who make careers of murder, theft and dishonesty and then recant in their twilight years, the least bit sympathetic.

  • To make an example of the sick, degraded politico-military culture that enabled murder and ruin for so many years, yes. It would have to be as clean a slate wipe as Nuremberg–an expression of absolute intolerance–to be effective.

  • On the off chance that the people revolt and somehow emerge victorious, I want to see everyone who worked for the CIA (in any capacity) rounded up, tried for crimes against humanity, found guilty and executed on national television.

  • “We did it, let’s not dwell on it, vive le CIA.” More wise words from the Centrist-y Pragmaticalist.

  • The answer, of course, is no: the U.S. is not working toward a ceasefire, and Kerry ought to have his fucking head stepped on for being such a pathetic corporate whore. I’m so tired of this shit.

  • This guy’s a weasel. I saw a piece of his the other day on Yahoo News–entitled something like “Glenn Greenwald Assures Us That He Will Continue to Present Evidence of Scary Surveillance Stuff”–and commented on it. People like Benjamin Wittes have no substantive rebuttal to criticism of the Surveillance State, so they try to dismiss it with cheap cracks and nervous laughter.

  • Disingenuous.

    The same apparatus which keeps marijuana illegal in fact makes it very difficult to obtain prescription opioids. Those who pretend to crusade against the War on Drugs but obviously are interested only in the relaxation of penalties for pot (and content to demonize every other substance) will understand, in the long run, that it was a mistake not to present a united front.

  • I advocate medical regulation to prevent overdose–not taxation.

  • Most of the trouble with heroin, cocaine, et al. resides in the fact of their illegality; if they were legalized and medically regulated, the horror associated with these substances would largely cease to be a reality. I can see the narrative shifting from “let’s end the drug war” to “let’s just legalize or decriminalize marijuana”, and it concerns me.

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