Good lord, the crazies are stepping up their game in Gilberton, Pennsylvania. Apparently, Gilberton police chief Mark Kessler is enacting his own demented, fascist version of Shay’s Rebellion. Though recently suspended, Kessler has forcefully maintained his position as chief, posting armed guards from his Constitution Security Force, strip searching city council members, and generally promising physical violence on any “libtard” who dares to speak against him and his views. Meanwhile, in his spare time, he’s threatening the life of Secretary of State John Kerry.
This is the kind of radical right wing bullshit that keeps me up at night folks: If a police chief turned militant psycho is allowed to ignore the very Constitution that he thinks he’s so vehemently and violently protecting, what’s next? Will Rick Perry form his own militia and declare Texas as a Republic once again? This country just might be doomed to fall apart after all, but it’s not from the liberals, the socialists, the anarchists, or the atheist: Our country is threatened by people such as Mark Kessler, a man willing to go to any length to insure that his beliefs are the beliefs of the country. It’s people such as Mark Kessler who are the real terrorist. He is living proof of a demented group of people who are willing to go to any length to inflict their dogma on the rest of us. This is NOT patriotism, this is paranoid, terrorist fanaticism.
That, my friends, has me scared shitless.
By the way, there is an online petition calling for Federal intervention to remove Kessler and his militia. If you would like to sign it, please go here.
- Petition Calls For The National Guard To Disarm Militia Holding One Pennsylvania Town Hostage (addictinginfo.org)
- Armed Militia Holding Pennsylvania Town Hostage (addictinginfo.org)
- Gun Nuts Out Of Control – The Story Continues – ‘Petition Calls For The National Guard To Disarm Militia Holding One Pennsylvania Town Hostage’ (thelastofthemillenniums.wordpress.com)
- Update on teagunner nut Mark Kessler (pullingtotheleft.wordpress.com)
- Pennsylvania police chief threatens liberals (pullingtotheleft.wordpress.com)
What a travesty. What an utter and complete miscarriage of justice.
Kudos to Guerrilla Feminism for sharing this.
Truer words never spoken.
I would say I’m speechless, but I’m not. I’m outraged. Meanwhile, a black woman in Florida is serving 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot over the head of her abusive husband when he tried to attack her. Apparently, justice in Florida IS a matter of black and white.
- George Zimmerman found not guilty (atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com)
- Verdict: George Zimmerman Found Not Guilty (thedaleygator.wordpress.com)
- A prediction or three about the Zimmerman verdict (thedaleygator.wordpress.com)
- American Injustice: Zimmerman Killed a Boy in ‘Self Defense’ (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)
I was shocked to wake up this morning to read of the death of James Gandolfini at the young age of 51. Gandolfini, who was a wonderful actor, is best known for playing the Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano. When The Sopranos debuted in 1999, Tony Soprano was like no television character I had ever seen before. He brought humor, compassion, and angst. He also brought brutality; loads and loads of brutality. Gandolfini was Tony Soprano, and Tony Soprano was James Gandolfini. He was the perfect mob boss. He was also the father of all the television anti-heroes that we hate to love today.
Tony Soprano begat Dexter Morgan and Walter White. He begat Nucky Thompson and Eric Northman. He begat the entire Borgia family. He begat a new generation of television characters who were both viciously unlikeable and yet likeable at the same time. Tony Soprano was the Travis Bickle of the 21st century,which is a huge reason for my mourning of James Gandolfini. He was the man who made Tony Soprano larger than life, and I thank him for it.
RIP James Gandolfini. You were, and forever will be the baddest ass of them all.
Wow. Just. Wow. I’m still trying to wrap my head around this. First there was the grisly carnage of the bombing on Monday, leading into the speculation of who did it. Then last night there was the chaos of the car chase, the shootings and more explosions, and now the lock down of Boston while the hunt for this mad man takes place. There are so many victims, and so many heroes.
I feel as if I’m watching Homeland, or 24, or one of the many TV shows or movies about terrorists that have cropped up since 9-11. However, this is real, and it’s incredibly scary and unsettling. Most of all, it’s incredibly heart breaking.
My heart goes out to Boston today, as it has all week. Stay strong, and stay safe. The rest of the country is in your corner.
At this point, all I can say is that I’m glad I live in the Middle-of -No-Where, Kentucky. At least all I have to be concerned about are the Meth heads, Jesus freaks, and the occasional cow wandering out into the road in front of my car.
There’s more to ending gun violence than repeating “they deserve a vote” over and over again. The measures on this graphic must be taken. It’s that simple. Nobody’s 2nd Amendment rights are in danger here. The government is well within it’s constitutional realm to determine what types of weapons and ammo we own and use. Furthermore, the government is not stepping on our rights by dictating the terms of how we come to own guns and ammo.
Don’t take my word for it though: ask Tea Party favorite Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
I believe in the 2nd Amendment as much as the next person, unless that next person happens to be Ted Nugent or Wayne Lapierre. I own a weapon for home protection, and I know how to use it. However, I don’t see the need to own a weapon that the police don’t even have access to. It’s ridiculous to own such a weapon, and I’m a firm believer that the government should ban the hell out of these types of guns, along with their insidious buddy, the hollow point bullet.
There is probably very little chance that these regulations are going to be passed. I would encourage you though, to contact your congressman or senator, and give them your opinion. If we put enough pressure on them, then maybe, just maybe we can make this happen.
- Justice Scalia on the Second Amendment (philebersole.wordpress.com)
These pictures tell it all: Benedict was subjected to a hostile work environment! How can he do his job of poping correctly when the holy spirit is constantly interfering? How else would you explain all of these infuriating “wardrobe mishaps”? The holy spirit has been harassing popes for centuries, and Heaven’s Human Resources department has yet to do a damn thing about it. I think Benedict has a good case if he wanted to file a harassment lawsuit. I’m glad someone is finally taking a stand against that insufferable invisible prick!
- Going Against the Current (heartnsoulblog.wordpress.com)
- On the announcement of Pope Benedict’s resignation (thepracticingcatholic.wordpress.com)
It looks like the Vatican is going to have to dust off it’s papal retirement package. For the first time in 600 years, the pope has resigned his position. Citing his advanced age and declining health, Pope Benedict XVI announced that he will relinquish his duties as of February 28th. Benedict was elected pope in 2005, after John Paul II elected out of his papal retirement package by dying.
Pope Benedict’s legacy is not so good: his reign was marred by clerical scandals in the Vatican, as well as rampant cases of sexual abuse committed by many of his acolytes. Furthermore, in a time when church laws are continuously criticized as outdated, Benedict doubled down on conservative ideology. His papacy was highlighted by his over the top critical views on subjects such as Islam, homosexuality, and the role of women in the church. As pope, Benedict managed to piss off everybody not named Rick Santorum.
Benedict is the first pope to resign since Gregory XII in 1415. Gregory’s resignation came during a time of scandal as well. His resignation was an effort to end The Western Schism, in which the church was split between two papacies for decades. Gregory’s resignation was in tandem with the Council of Constance, which ended the schism, and resulted in a reunited church under one pope.
- TEXT & VIDEO OF POPE BENEDICT XVI’s RESIGNATION | WORLD SHOCKED (shanepedia.wordpress.com)
Still think that Wal-mart AR-15 is needed to fight off tyranny? Just to be clear, there is no fucking way that an army of pseudo Rambos is ever going to fight off the most well trained, well armed military the world has ever seen. Seriously, just do us all a favor, and stop frothing about your 2nd Amendment rights. We do have the right to bear arms, but state and federal government has the authority to dictate what we can own, and what we have to do to obtain them. Ask Justice Scalia: He’s the one who made that statement back in 2008.
Besides, if y’all want to keep up the bravado of over throwing the government, you’re liable to find yourself on the business end of a Flying killer robot. Believe me folks, a lack of AR-15′s and 30 round magazines are the least of our worries.
The Constitution is indeed under attack from the White House. However, in spite of the rhetoric from the guns nuts, It’s the 5th and 14th amendments we need to worry about, not the 2nd.
The memos regarding the targeting of Americans suspected of being members of Al-Qaida are not only disturbing, they’re down right ass puckering. The White House is insisting that Obama has the right to play judge, jury, and executioner in these cases. Our right to due process is of no consequence. It’s bad enough that we utilize flying killer robots to kill innocents in other countries: now, Obama is insisting that he can turn them on us with absolutely no disclosure of proof, no arrest, no trial, no anything. All it takes is whatever file our crack intelligence agencies happen to lay on Obama’s desk.
The drone program isn’t a war on terror, it’s a war on liberty, it’s a war on human rights. The drone program is the resurgence of Murder Incorporated. The drone program isn’t justice, it’s White House directed vigilantism, it’s fascism disguised as the war on terror.
What’s nearly as disturbing as this total lack of regard for our right of due process, is the lack of protest from our media, or seemingly any liberal for that matter. We should be as outraged over this as we were over the transgressions perpetrated by the Bush Administration. There was a lot of back lash over the imprisonment and torture of people who were deemed as threats to national security under Bush’s watch: Why is Obama seemingly getting a pass on this policy, which is tantamount to scenarios straight out of a Judge Dredd comic? When will this country have a government that actually works for and with the people?
What we have, and have had all along, is a government that works above the people. It’s always been that way, and it will always be that way. The fact that our president can play judge, jury, and executioner when ever he wants, Constitution be damned, is more than enough proof that we don’t matter. All that matters is profit and power. If you get in the way of that, be prepared to get a drone up your ass, with no questions asked.