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"It's Arm the Rebels o'clock. Do you know where your Senator John McCain is?"

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How many times have we been subjected to John McCain's myopic rants about arming the rebels in any given civil war or in any given area of conflict?

Rachel Maddow:

It's Arm the Rebels o'clock. Do you know where your Senator John McCain is?

Per McCain, it really doesn't matter much where or who they are, if they're rebels, just arm them. Especially if President Obama is taking a more measured approach. Grampy McDrumbeat is just itching to hand over lethal weapons of war to someone, anyone, because if fits into his whole Bomb Bomb Bomb, Bomb Bomb [insert country here] mentality: the more explosions the better. Especially if we aid and abet some of them. Blow 'em up! Kill [insert bad guys' name here]! What a blast! (Pun intended.)

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There's just one problem with that mania, Senator McDrumbeat. It can backfire.

Take Guatemala, for example. Via the Los Angeles Times:

Perez Molina said the violence and crime in Guatemala were a byproduct of the Cold War when the U.S. and the Soviet Union were funding opposite sides of civil wars in Central America to gain influence.

Perez Molina was a top intelligence officer in the Guatemalan military in the 1980s and ’90s.

Moral of the story: Don't listen to John McCain.

Real moral of the story: A more rational, measured approach is most often very wise and can save lives.

Other moral of the story: The road to more violence and crime is paved with shortsighted intentions.

Immoral of the story: Stop treating horribly abused child refugees like criminals.

In related news, there was an L.A. Times letter to the editor that is worth a share. I'd link to it, but I can't find it on the Times site, so I'm transcribing it verbatim:

Re: "Texas to send Guard troops to border," July 22

I hear echoes of Kent State University. What are the National Guard troops to do to these migrant children in Texas: shoot them?

Pat Mauer, Pasadena

What is it with Republican presidential hopefuls and violent troubleshooting? (Pun intended.)

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Violent headlines that won't go away #NotOneMore

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I spend a good part of my workday hunting for stories to bring to you. If a headline piques my interest, I link over and start reading. If two similar headlines pique my interest, my newsflash periscope pops up. If three or four similar headlines about a topic I regularly cover show up, I drop everything and start writing. This is one of those times. Check out these headlines that are currently running at TPM Livewire:

A group of open carry gun activists who protested Saturday at Dealey Plaza in Dallas filmed a bizarre, more-than-10-minute video of their demonstration and posted it to YouTube.

For the second time in less than a week, police arrested a man on Wednesday for allegedly attempting to bring a pistol into a building at the U.S. Capitol, according to Roll Call.

The Riverside County, Calif. sheriff's department found a body believed to be the suspect in multiple shootings in California...

Police were searching for at least one suspect who was wearing body armor and carrying a semi-automatic rifle after a Riverside County, Calif. sheriff's deputy was shot on Tuesday afternoon.

And it's only 11:30 a.m. here in California. I don't know about you, but I've already O.D.'d on disturbing gun headlines.

While were (rightfully) focused on the Israel-Hamas war and the brutal downing of a Malaysian jetliner by Russian separatists, there is a whole lot of excruciatingly persistent violence going on right here at home. Plus a whole lot of sickos who are apparently convinced that their deadly weapons will compensate for their rather humbling "shortcomings".

Everywhere you look these days, people are substituting communication, patience, and reason with hostility and savage bloodshed. And what does America get when we ask for a way out, for remedies, for peace? Competing headlines featuring GOP Second Amendment Solution warmongers who are fixated on blaming President Obama and his alleged feck in an effort to appeal to their equally extreme voters.

You know what I say to all this anger and to politicians who perpetuate it? Feck you.

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New Orleans On Alert After Anti-choice Protests Surge - VIDEO

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As the courts bat the fee and subsidy strictures of the Affordable Care Act about, non-compassionate conservatives are busy taking away more female healthcare ad family planning options in New Orleans ... the Regressive Right are busy little bees.

Maddow covered the story well, highlighting the audacity of pulling off a cultural and legal Bait and Switch of this calibre, in such a major American city.

DuVergne Gaines, National Clinc Access Project Director for the Feminist Majority Foundation, joins the program to give Maddow the inside scoop on protests in Louisiana that reflect a growing frustration with the GOP War On Contraception. And women.

And buffer zones.

According to reporting at the local Uptown Messenger, the table has been set for this checkers match since long before Governor Boy Scout Bobby Jindal flubbed his first rebutt. The Lipton Brigade has deep roots in N'Orleans, don't forget.

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Mayor Mitch Landrieu has been encouraging Anti-abortion Activist Groups to swarm his fair cit for some time, in fact only Monday he formally recognized one of their ranking Anti-choice forces, by honoring them publicly.

Operation Save America were the enterprising Christians. Lauded for their: "service to the city".

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu issued an official welcome this week to Operation Save America, an anti-abortion organization that interrupted an Uptown church’s prayer service with its protests on Sunday and had plans to parade the alleged remains of a fetus around Jackson Square in the French Quarter.

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Oh, Mitch. Are the keys to the Quarters next? No? Just the homes of health providers? Should have known. The Uptown Messenger elaborated,

"In addition to protesting Planned Parenthood sites, Operation Save America is also holding demonstrations outside the homes of providers. A neighbor to one of those homes — who asked that his name be withheld out of concern that the group would target him — said his family has already endured two sessions of protests, with dozens of people holding signs on the sidewalk near his house featuring graphic images that he has done his best to hide from his young children.

“My kids are scared,” the resident said in an interview Monday afternoon. “It’s all these ugly pictures. They’re talking on the loudspeaker. I try to speak to them civilly, and it’s very difficult to do, because they’re looking for a confrontation.”

The pro-Lifers strike again. The pro-death penalty, gun fondling, woman-hating, borned child-fearing Regressive Right is now stirring up hate among various churches within communities who actually try to offer thinking women and families a type of Christianity they can still practice. Good luck with all that in Republican-led New Orleans.

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The Obama Execution Must Be Worse Than Drawing And Quartering, says high-ranking Judeo-Christian Light

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Anyone else immediately picture Mel Gibson in full kit, swinging a claymore and yelling "You'll never take oor freedom!"(?)

William Wallace did come to a drawn and quartered end, and was an actual Patriot, to boot.

But sadly, today, it was just one more highly hypocritical Florida citizen demanding President Obama's death and dismemberment. Sad, sad local loon-watch coverage had preliminary details, and the good folks at Raw Story had video.

 

Watchdog group Imagine 2050 reported early on the local yokel's video rant.

On July 17, Center for Immigration Studies Senior Policy Analyst Stephen Steinlight spoke to The Highlands Tea Party in Sebring, Florida. There, he expressed a desire not only to impeach President Obama but also to have him publicly lynched.

In discussing House Speaker John Boehner’s plans to sue the President, Steinlight lamented that “there’s no court that’s going to stop Obama from doing anything.” He then added, “We all know, if there ever was a president that deserved to be impeached, it’s this guy. Alright? And I wouldn’t stop. I would think being hung, drawn, and quartered is probably too good for him.”

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So the order is, just to refresh:

  • Impeachment.
  • Lynching.
  • Hanging.
  • Drawing and quartering.
  • Presumably releasing the remains to Putin and Karl Rove?

Teabagger Hate for Obama - and modernity in general - grows as fast as Fvx Nation will fertilize, and they're not slowing down on the moo-doo over 'thar any day soon.

 

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Young Master Chef Lost to Guns and Mental Illness, Melissa Harris-Perry Notes

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Master Chef finalist, fan favorite and troubled Chicago student Josh Marks lost his life and dreams to suicide, in the tragic intersection of mental illness and the shockingly normal high availability of guns.

It's probably more difficult to get good weed in Chicago than a firearm, if anything in that cute Ted movie can be believed.

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Melissa Harris-Perry did an amazing piece on Josh Marks … the charismatic African American contestant from Chicago that won American hearts with his chaffy chops and fighting spirit. The hubs and I watched, and rooted for him. [We're oddly Gordon Ramsey fans but it Twas before Chef Graham lost like half of himself if you've caught Master Chef.]

The easy access to guns in the street … Chicago has so much gun violence … there are so many gun loopholes that the supply is always there … or they can go over the [state] border."

Tragically, this gun availability here led to suicide. CNN highlights from reporting on Marks (last and successful try) late 2013 suicide.

It is overwhelming to think that with proper, intensive treatment, Joshua may still be with us," his lawyer, Lisa Butler, said Sunday. "He was a jewel with so much talent to offer this world. But, in his state of mind, he turned to the streets for a gun and easily got it."

Marks, 26, died from a gunshot wound to his head. His death has been ruled a suicide, a spokesman for the Cook County, Illinois, medical examiner said Sunday.

The NRA has framed the question as one about 'strangers' said expert Eugene O'Donnell, and he showed why that gun-fondling fantasy is balderdash.

"Do we not care about suicide?," pled Melissa.

Bryan Smith who wrote a great piece on the story for Chicago Magazine, was there to discuss, below, as was 'Law and Order of the Mind' segment expert Eugene O'Donnell joined the discussion following revelations that Marks had both prior attempts at suicide and time at Cook's County Jail - from his nearby troubled term at college. And guns were no problem at all to obtain.

The 'vacuum of fear' theme was spot on, especially when this discussion is framed in politics, social stigma and racism.

Ironically, the writers of Law and Order and House of Cards add more to the human dignity questions at the heart of this conversation than the Know Nothing Do Nothing Congress and gridlocked D.C. with SCROTUS and Open Carry gun nuts running amok.

Maybe 'Scandal' can take a stab in Season 4. No doubt Ms. Shonda Rhimes would give the pitiable Congress a hand in common sense, reality and dignity of purpose. Calling Olivia Pope!

scandal-memes-olivia-pope-6In the meantime we have Melissa Harris-Perry's coverage to the sad story of one more life lost too young to mental illness, and over-availabilty of guns for either homicide or suicide tragedies … and where those volatile and violent issues intersect.

 

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U.S. Moves to Abolish Rape as a Weapon of War. Congress Impedes.

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Rape shouldn't be employed a tool of war as much or more now as it was when Attila was in charge of what was happening to women back in his enlightened Hun Era. Period. End of sentence.  Full stop.

Everyone should be on board with that, right?

What responsible man or woman in the United States Congress wouldn't leap aboard this cause, particularly given our tiny role in a few conflicts since BushCo had the controls?

In this Do Nothing, Party of No led Congress … nah, not so much. The chance of the International Violence Against Women Act getting passed by this purported legislative body are about as slim as Chris Christie and the chance at the White House he is trying to dance his way back into.

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All of which stokes an inner womanly rage both preceded and echoed by #YesAllWomen.

Ronan Farrow of MSNBC's Ronan Farrow Daily has been covering rape culture and related issues for his short time on air, and yesterday his network colleague Krystal Ball sat in and had an eye-opening interview with Representative Jan Shakowksy about the chances of passing meaningful legislation on this global issue.

[Line up some curses now.]

Jan Schakowsky of Illinois has been leading this charge for some time, working with colleagues to find ways to make a dent in the international rape epidemic, so much of which is war or siege related, and all of it traces right back to the UK, NATO and the good ole' U.S. of Aggression.

This is where divisiveness crosses the line into harm. Deliberate harm. Those who refuse to support this kind of legislation are absolutely culpable in the blame for the hundreds of women who are assaulted, raped or killed every hour around the globe.

Maybe it's going to take a woman in the White House to move the needle on this key issue. Our women at home and our sisters around the glove deserve far, far more care.

Taking the GOP War on Women global is heinous.

 

 

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White Supremacy and the Bundy Tea Party Terrorize the Vegas Strip

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The two Metro cops having a working guy's lunch at CiCi's on the Vegas strip couldn't have seen it coming.

LVMPD Officer Igor Soldo, 31, was catching a refill at the self-serve soda machine when an armed female 'in line' behind him put a bullet in his brain. She then turned to his seated colleague, Officer Alyn Beck, 41, and mortally wounded him with the remaining rounds before sprinting with her partner to a nearby Walmart to continue the terror.

According to The Las Vegas Review Journal, the real-life Criminal Minds level-of-sick shooting rampage had just begun. Domestic terrorism has many faces of hate.

Crossing the swastika-wearing modern KKK with the Obama Era Tea Party gave birth to the expected monster.

The shooters then stripped the officers of their weapons and ammunition and badges, according to a law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation. They then covered the officers with something that featured the Gadsden flag, a yellow banner with a coiled snake above the words, “Don’t tread on Me.”

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An early angle of truly deeply creepy is that - allegedly - cough  - the shooter, Jared Miller,  was part of the Cliven Bundy Militia and Tea Party Extravaganza we all enjoyed so much earlier this season.  That explained a LOT.

Repercussions much?

The man told Monroe [a neighbor of the couple] he had been kicked off Cliven Bundy’s ranch 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas while people from throughout the U.S. gathered there in protest of a Bureau of Land Management roundup of Bundy’s cattle.” Jessica Anderson, 27, said. She lived next door.

Rick's Café Moment, right?  Warning after liberal warning ensued after the Strap On Militia was encouraged to leave the Bundy Ranch, which apparently only served to incite the deepest levels of hate-crazed gun-nuttery.

After they finished off the two cops at CiCi's Pizza, the couple fled to a nearby Walmart where another innocent woman was summarily executed.  Whether they were going for Walmart's well-stocked munitions depot we may find out with the remaining nauseating details.

The shooters were a married couple thought to be in their late 20s who were new to the Las Vegas Valley, according to a law enforcement official close to the investigation. Police are looking into their links to the white supremacy movement and found swastika symbols during their initial investigation.

In a Monday press conference, local officials revealed that Miller had deeply resented being kicked off the Bundy Ranch Lipton Brigade Militia because he had a criminal record.

Background checks???!!!

Professor Eric Michael  Dyson filled in superbly for Ed over at MSNBC earlier tonight and this footage gets to the heart of the matter.

 

These good guys with guns were killed by bad guys with guns they never should have been allowed to put their violent hands on. Answer to that, NRA.

 

 

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