Thursday, April 17, 2014

Short Takes on Week's News: Marriage Equality and Scalia, American Men and Guns, and More Men

Short takes from this week's news on matters political:

You know, he’s [Antoinin Scalia is] absolutely right: Once you recognize that moral disapproval in and of itself is not a legitimate basis for depriving liberties or equality, there’s no other justification left for these type of laws that single out gay and lesbian Americans for ill treatment . . . . 

Bundy is using the language of freedom, patriotism and outright paranoia to further his business interests. . . . I’ve been listening to ignorant people bitch about the federal "gub’met," since I could crawl, and I’m weary of it.

Rachel Maddow (link opens to video): 

They're also noting how freaking weird it is to have a political dispute resolved in this country in the 21st century based pretty much on which side brought more guns to the political argument.

While law-abiding Muslims are forced to hide in their homes, and animal-rights activists are labeled as terrorists for undercover filming of abusive treatment at factory farms, right-wing hate groups are free to organize, parade, arm themselves to the hilt and murder with chilling regularity. It’s time for our society to confront this very real threat.

If you’re invited to be part of a panel, or a faculty, or a board of directors, or a conference, conclave, cabal, colloquy, council, coven or club, it’s your job to first ask whether or not everyone else invited was also white and also male. If so, then you say, “No, thank you,” until that changes. Simple. Follow that rule or else crap like this is your fault.

And then the final link in Fred's statement above opens to this (clicking should enlarge graphic):

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