my favorite tweet at the moment
Everyone at work today was talking about what’s happening in Ferguson and the man shot in St. Louis - and there seemed to be a complete consensus that something absolutely needs to be done about police brutality, and that the issue is now reaching a tipping point. It’s really refreshing to hear this coming from so many diverse people, that this issue is finally alarming to seemingly everyone and not just the select groups who have been trying to call attention to this problem for a long time.
Reactions to Barack Obama’s statement on Ferguson
I was shaking my head throughout his presser. He made the argument that we need the program that funnels military equipment to local PDs because “some of them didn’t have radios.” This is not about radios. This is about the minuscule likelihood that a police department would need mine resistant armored personnel carriers and the incentive structure in place that turns ostensible “peacekeepers” into a paramilitary occupying force.
That last tweet is the most frightening. Observe the absolute denial: “Barack Obama is either very tired, doesn’t believe a word he’s saying re: Michael Brown, or both.” It leaves no option that Obama is actually every bit like his predecessors, does believe every word he’s saying, and is every bit the power-hungry tyrant libertarians have long called him out to be.
It’s not really about the person in power, it’s about the power they wield - and the voters who grant them this power are not absolved of culpability. And if they go into the next election hoping that the next guy (or gal) is going to be different, they are, in truth, simply offering their approval to the system itself.
Half-tempted to shave my whole head except the side bits, but I’m not sure if that’s just me trying to punish myself for my current failures or not.
These are not just any old-timey visitors to the Great Sphinx. This is from 1864, when a group of Japanese emissaries went on a diplomatic mission to Europe. And they just stopped by the Sphinx and posed in full samurai regalia. Seriously.
They say citizens are 1 bullet away from becoming a hashtag…How many bullets until we become a revolt
Boston protesters in solidarity with Ferguson, August 16th, 2014
I don’t respect the military, I don’t respect the police, I don’t respect elected officials. I’m not gonna apologize for not supporting and respecting people who willingly partake in and benefit from oppressive, violent systems.
Overnight - owners of Ferguson Market protect looted store with guns in hand.
One more reason we need guns for defense. When stuff like this happens, you need to be able to protect your property from those who try to take advantage of unrest.
2nd amendment at work, also eliminates the need for militarized police when citizens come to their own defense.