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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-08-19 04:02
Subject: [links] Link salad, special all-politics extra
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Tags:guns, healthcare, links, politics, religion, science
For some reason, I've accumulated waaay too many interesting links this past day or two. So here's a special extra Link Salad with all the political stuff concentrated in one toxic bolus.

Global Warming In The PARALLEL UNIVERSE — Some terrific snark from A Tiny Revolution.

Roger Ebert on "death panels" — A thoughtful analysis of a conservative lie.

The Slacktivist on IndigNation — A very good take on Birthers, Deathers and the whole batshit Right Wing noise machine.

Alinsky's Rules for Right Wingers — Ed Brayton quoting Michele Bachmann: [Liberals] have two tricks that they pull out of their bag: the Republican is stupid, or the Republican is crazy. ... It's straight out of Saul Alinsky's 'Rules for Radicals': they identify their target, then try to marginalize their target. Riiiiiiight. Because conservatives never marginalize anyone they disagree with. Not our principled friends on the right.

tongodeon on guns and town hall meetings — Sensible talk from someone I don't actually agree with on the subject.

I'm scared, so take away that guy's rights please!Interrupting Gelastic Jew, saying something I strongly disagree with about guns at political events, but saying it well. (Sum of my disagreement with her: to me this use of Second Amendment rights falls under same the rubric as the abuse of First Amendment rights to shout "Fire!" in a crowded theater.)

Originally published at jlake.com.

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User: joycemocha
Date: 2009-08-19 13:57 (UTC)
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I'm with tongodeon on open carry at political meetings--just because I can do it doesn't mean it's a good idea.

That said, if I did do open carry, two things you can be sure of--1.) No bullets in the gun, period. Political crowds make me uneasy even without weaponry and I'm not trained for open carry in those situations and 2.) I'm carrying to make a point of political theater--and at that point, I'm gonna do my best to look like Scary Democrat Librul who believes in Second Amendment.

IOW, the right-wing, NRA's worst nightmare.

And if things ever got to that point, my friend, you can be bloody well assured that the brown stuff has hit the fan because it will take one heck of a lot for me to pull my guns out except for hunting or plinking practice.
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User: etcet
Date: 2009-08-19 14:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
One of the commenters on my journal had one of the better descriptions of Rep. Bachmann I've heard yesterday: "If her head was any further up her ass, she'd be a human Klein bottle."
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