Category Police and policing

July 29 and it’s all over–maybe

Yup, that’s what it says in the Bible according to this lovely blog post. The kicker is that the end will come from a reversing of the earth’s magnetic poles. But make no mistake, this isn’t extinction from scientific reasons I’ve outlined in earlier blogposts. Nope, it’s because Jesus is coming back. You can waste […]

Omar Mateen’s story unravels (updated)

A caveat here. My sympathy still lies with not only the victims of the Orlando massacre and their families, but my many LGBT friends who’ve (understandably) been taking this attack to heart. I had hoped that we would have some sort of closure in the days that followed news about the massacre. As usual, the mainstream […]

Orlando 2016 massacre

It’s been over 48 hours now since a shooter named Omar Mateen walked into the Pulse (a gay bar in Orlando) while armed with an AR 15, explosives, and lots of ammunition. He had gone to the bar on ‘Latin Night’, a highlight of  the week leading up to Gay Pride week. The sequence of events […]

Speaking Ill of the Dead

SCOTUS judge Antonin Scalia passed away last week while on a vacation trip in Texas. His holiday was a freebie from a certain John Pointexter, who (not coincidentally) had business before the Supreme Court. It appears to be a canned quail hunting experience that brought Scalia to the resort. If memory serves, that’s the sort […]

Michael Moore’s call for revolt

Michael Moore’s essay on Flint and the poisoning of the water there starts like this: Many of you have contacted me wanting to know how you can help the people of Flint with the two-year long tragedy of drinking water contaminated by the radical decisions made by the Governor of Michigan. The offer is much […]

Photographer goes to JAIL in US

Your government is sending an Ithaca Grandmother to prison for six months for taking photographs of a demonstration at an Air National Guard base. The convicted party is Mary Anne Grady Flores, part of a family protest lineage dating back to the 1980’s when her father John Grady did prison time for a Plowshares protest*(details […]

Sleepwalking into calamity

After the last State of the Union address by our Nobel Peace Laureate, bromide/memes like the above circulated freely on the Internets. This one was at least smart enough to leave lower gas prices off the list. You probably shouldn’t draw people’s attention to the fact that oil prices have fallen off a cliff because […]

Crazy white men with guns in Oregon (updated)

UPDATE–a more relevant photo meme just out after the local sheriff had a hand-shake with Ammon Bundy.  Assuming you’re paying attention, you’ve heard that self-styled ‘militia’ have swept down on Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon and taken it over, vowing to not move ‘for years’. There’s a breakdown of the various stances on Vox, which is […]

Not to root for Bernie…

The Democrats’ debate in Vegas on Tuesday was an interesting piece of TV. I’ve made my own feelings about the race known here. I’m energized by the presence of Bernie Sanders in the race, primarily because he’s saying things that no one else will say.  And not to get too excited, but Bernie apparently won […]