These lies have a function that is similar to what was going on with the Soviets – the lie as mockery and insult and sadistic tease. In that regard, obvious lying is a feature, not a bug, and it helps that the lie is absurd. It’s a show of power meant for the opposition to view, a way to say, “we can state any stupidity we want as truth, things both you and I know are ridiculous, and will we say it with a straight face to illustrate the extent of our power over you. We don’t have to pretend to make sense. We’re in control and you’re not. We are laughing at you.”
I find it interesting that there are some people delusional enough they believe they know the sexual functionality details of someone they have never met. And yet, their friends and relatives have not insisted they spend time attempting to recover while in a comfortable facility wearing a straitjacket.
Perhaps Obama Care doesn’t fund mental health care as well as is required to help such people. But, what can you expect from socialized medicine?—Joe]
When we Black Americans see this flag we know the person flying it is not safe to be around,” the post reads. “When we see this flag we know the person flying it is a racist. When we see this flag we know that the person flying it lives in a different America than we do. When we see this flag, we question your intelligence. We know to avoid you. It is a symbol of hatred.
Every gun owner wants to kill. That is the only reason to own a gun. Going to the range is just killing practice. There are other ways to keep yourself safe. The only purpose of a gun is murder.
Aaron P. Tutt @aaronptutt Tweeted on Jun 29, 2021 [So… what do you suppose one should do with people that want to kill, practice killing, and have tools which have murder as their only purpose? I think Mr. Tutt has a pretty clear idea of what he thinks should be done with us.
The belief that one can read the mind of others is frequently the sign of a personality disorder. This typically is restricted to someone well known to them.
That Tutt claims to know want 100’s of millions of people think is an indication he is completely bonkers or is deliberately trolling.—Joe]
Or political opponents are so boring. All they have is childish insults when we have SCOTUS decisions. You would think they could come up with a different insult, but apparently they just don’t have the mental capacity for that.—Joe]
I have friends who own AR-15 rifles; they enjoy shooting them at target practice for sport and fervently defend their right to own them. But I cannot accept that their right to enjoy their hobby supersedes my right to send my own children to school, a movie theater, or a concert and to know that they are safe. Can the answer really be to subject our school children to active-shooter drills — to learn to hide under desks, turn off the lights, lock the door, and be silent — instead of addressing the root cause of the problem and passing legislation to take AR-15-style weapons out of the hands of civilians?
That’s Judge Roger Benitez, a death-worshiping fascist who has never noticed that the word “own” – or anything like it – is absent from the 2nd Amendment. We can no longer tolerate gun nuts in the judiciary.
Keith Olbermann @KeithOlbermann Tweeted on June 5, 2021 [He was referring to the decision released last Friday declaring California’s ban on “assault weapons” was unconstitutional.
Via a tweet from Sean D Sorrentino (@SorrentinoSean) who said:
This is what insanity looks like.
Insanity is one diagnosis but I’m inclined to believe “insanity” is going too light on Olbermann and would like to suggest alternatives.
If Benitez is a fascist then he is sure going about it wrong. What self respecting fascist would allow the average citizen to posses the weapons to resist their authority? Of course, the fascist labels Olbermann is throwing around in his tantrum is projection.
Another obvious point to be made is that one or more of the following things must be true:
Olbermann hasn’t read the 2nd Amendment.
Olbermann has a reading comprehension problem.
Olbermann doesn’t know the meaning of the word “keep”.
Olbermann is deliberately lying.
Olbermann is insane/delusional.
In any case, I look forward to laughing at his continued tantrums and demonstrations of stupidity, insanity, and/or evil..—Joe]
Yesterday morning I got a phone call. It went something like this:
Caller (voice of a young woman): Is this Joe Huffman? Joe: Yes. Caller: I’m <full name>. I live in <state>. You have a tweet of mine on your blog. It says, “<two sentences giving insight into why the right to keep and bear arms is important>”. I still believe that. But even though I have deleted my twitter account people are still able to connect me with that tweet. I’m getting a lot of hate mail and death threats because of that. I’m only <age> years old. I can’t really deal with this. Can you remove that blog post? Joe: I’m in meeting at work right now. If you will send me an email with a link to the blog post so I can find it easily I’ll take it down later today. Can you do that? Caller: Yes. I can do that. Thank you sir.
This was the email thread:
Sent: Wednesday, June 2, 2021 10:19 AM To: firstname.lastname@example.org
Link to the post <deleted>
From: Joe Huffman
Sent: Wednesday, June 2, 2021 11:21 AM
The post is now gone.
It so terrible that something like this would generate so much hate.
If it would be of any use to you I can go through my log files and find the IP addresses of everyone (or during certain time frames) who viewed this blog post. Cyber security professionals (this is what I do) working with the police can use this information to (in most, but not all cases) find the person behind the IP address.
Why are they targeting a young woman with her right to keep and bear arms infringed by the government rather than me? That is a rhetorical question. We all know the answer. And this gives us all the information we need to know about what they will do if we are disarmed.
I wish I could reproduce that tweet without increasing her risk. Her experience demonstrates the accuracy of her tweet.
“Twilight Zone”? Yeah. It’s sort of like that. But if you have read a little about genocides you will quickly realize what we are seeing isn’t just something from a television series writer’s imagination. This could easily be history in the making.
Every #2A fuck who won’t acknowledge that the guns are the problem is complicit in a culture that forces parents and kids and partners and friends to live in fear. So just to be clear: fuck those horrible fucks
Jonathan Evans @MrJonathanEvans Tweeted on May 9, 2021
[He sounds nice.
Well, actually, he sounds ignorant and/or evil.
Thanks for being clear Mr. Evans. I expect someone will now put you on their “naughty” list.—Joe]
In my mind, I’ve been replacing any RWNJ reference to guns with “penises” – it makes for some fun and revelatory imagery, and it deflates their power in the same way that imagining ones opponents in the underwear does. Try it, it could be key in battling these cretins.
Groves follows up the top 20 list with dozens of professions that received “honorable mentions.” The author cautions that his research focused on historical data rather than projecting which professions might be important in the future. Still, the longevity of professions that made the list are certain to give the readers pause before writing off trades in favor of more modern professions.
Even if he did purposefully (it had to be on purpose, right? Who could forget it?) ignore the world’s oldest profession, it’s still an interesting list.
If “woke” banks won’t do business with us, then people like me—political conservatives, mainstream Republicans—will have to have our own banks. If “woke” companies won’t sell to us, we’ll have to have our own merchandizing sector. If “woke” digital platforms won’t carry our views, we’ll have to make our own, and if—as in the case of Parler—there is a coordinated strike to take them down, we’ll have to restore our networks in a manner completely secure from such dangers.
This past weekend, my wife and I watched the movie “The Green Book.” In it, we saw a white and black man driving through the segregated South, where blacks basically lived in their own world—their own banks, restaurants, barbershops, and public lavatories and water fountains—and all because the whites flatly refused to do business with them.
It struck Debbie and me with the force of epiphany that this is where we seem to be heading. De facto segregation, not de jure segregation. And segregation not based on race but based on political viewpoint. It might seem overdramatic to say that Republicans and conservatives are the new blacks, but Republicans and conservatives are now treated in “woke” America with the same derision, contempt, and second-class citizenship that blacks were in the first part of the previous century.
Some schools in Oregon are being informed that asking students in math class to “show their work” is “white supremacy.” What exactly would happen if this faction got its way and all American classrooms are like this?
Zaid Jilani @ZaidJilani Tweeted on February 14, 2021 [What if thousands of parents demanded the people who wrote, approved, or distributed this be fired and their names and pictures be published?—Joe]