Did you see the Giants game on Sunday? They lost 31 to 7. And you know what the Giants didn’t say after that game: ‘If you don’t give us 25 more points by midnight on Monday, we will shutdown the f**kin’ NFL!’ They didn’t say that.
First of all, can you stop saying video games cause violence? They don’t. Countries where people play way more video games than we do have lower rates of gun deaths. The thing about violent video games is they don’t feature characters going around killing people with video games. They use guns. Or Hadoukens or Babalities or stuff.
Now on to my second point: guns kill people. They are not made for pressing sandwiches or sopping up grape juice spills in the kitchen. Guns are specifically designed to propel bullets through a person’s body at a velocity sufficient to kill them. Saying “guns don’t kill people, people kill people” is not an argument for more people having guns. You just said, sir, that people kill people. Guns are inanimate objects full of deadly potential. How do we help them realize their destiny to be peaceful, non-lethal objects and keep them away from people?
Lastly: You’re carrying around an assault rifle in public because…?I know you are not out on a killing spree, just a nice stroll, but it’s… sort of hard to tell? Insisting on carrying your gun in public is like asserting your free speech rights by screaming at everyone you see. No one is saying that isn’t “legal,” but we’re not looking at you like you’re Rosa Parks. More like a total douche. The fact that you are intentionally drawing police attention smacks of crazy privilege. The Black Panthers used to carry arms in public—usually didn’t end well for them. I’m a white guy who is not homeless and thus have a low risk of incurring police brutality, and even I know better than to involve police unless it’s utterly necessary.
This is perfect.
Just caught up on this episode. Genius.
White House Petition of the Day: Make Legislators Wear Logos of Corporate Backers
The latest brilliant idea to come out of We The People website is this petition suggesting that lawmakers should be required to be more transparent about their financial backers by wearing logos of their corporate “sponsors,” just like the NASCAR drivers do. As of Thursday evening, it has accrued more than 9,000 of the 100,000 signatures it needs to be formally addressed by the White House. GOOD magazine previously explored this idea with photoshopped mockups of New York Senator Charles Schumer and Florida Senator Marco Rubio donning logo patches of their contributors on their suits.
Hat tip goes to Dangerous Minds.
We shouldn’t be patting Rob Portman on the back, instead, we should be berating him for why it took this long.
Do you notice a trend here? This story does not make me happy, on the contrary it almost pisses me off more. I just see this as another Republican saying, “Oh, I can’t be a dick about this issue anymore because now it personally affects me.” And this is always the case with anti progressive people. They can’t see the bigger picture until it directly involves them, be it gay marriage, gun rights, a woman’s right to choose, etc. Get with the god damn program, this is getting tiring.
Here’s an important video I made of all the dry mouth noises Marco Rubio made during his State of the Union response last night.
RIP Rubio 2016. I couldn’t even finish watching this. I’d almost feel bad for the guy if his speech wasn’t almost all complete garbage.
Republicans questioning things like math and science? You don’t say…
Read the rest of Nate Silver’s chat over at Deadspin.com.