The Iraq invasion and occupation was ill-conceived, ill-executed, and ill-fated. It had terrible consequences not just for Iraq but for many other countries. It illustrated the limits of American military power—the opposite of what it was intended to do—and it helped accomplish what Osama bin Laden could never have achieved on his own: drawing the United States and its allies into an open-ended global battle with militant Islam. John Cassidy on the conflict in Iraq: http://nyr.kr/1ltVMwj (via newyorker)

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The gun manufacturers have [been granted] zero culpability.
We blamed Ford for the Pinto, we blamed Tylenol for tampering. We should continue that logic and blame gun manufacturers and gun sellers for the obvious violence they facilitate in America.
The person who drives the getaway car in a bank robbery is just as guilty. Let’s use accountability and liabilty with guns.

Interesting that only Tylonal famously, willingly and expeditiously recalled their product to avoid further loss of life.
(thanks/via: Rob Rogers’ Cartoon and liberalsarecool)

The gun manufacturers have [been granted] zero culpability.

We blamed Ford for the Pinto, we blamed Tylenol for tampering. We should continue that logic and blame gun manufacturers and gun sellers for the obvious violence they facilitate in America.

The person who drives the getaway car in a bank robbery is just as guilty. Let’s use accountability and liabilty with guns.

Interesting that only Tylonal famously, willingly and expeditiously recalled their product to avoid further loss of life.

(thanks/via: Rob Rogers’ Cartoon and liberalsarecool)

California shooting: Victim’s father blames politicians and NRA (by BBC World News Watch)

"obviously, people with guns kill more people than people without them"

Stop arming seriously ill Americans because we all have a right to live.  The NRA appears to be more interested in protecting weapons designed to kill humans than they are in protecting humans.

Further statement from Richard Martinez, the father of Chistopher Ross Michaels-Martinez who was killed in Isla Vista.

We know that slogans masquerading as plain speech are mere rhetoric because, on a moment’s inspection, they reveal themselves to be absurd. “The best answer to a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun” reveals itself to be a lie on a single inspection: the best answer is to not let the bad guy have a gun. “Guns don’t kill people, people do.” No: obviously, people with guns kill more people than people without them. Why not ban knives or cars, which can be instruments of death, too? Because these things were designed to help people do things other than kill people. “Gun control” means controlling those things whose first purpose is to help people kill other people. (I’ve written at length about farmers and hunting rifles, and of how they’re properly controlled in Canada. In any case, if guns were controlled merely as well as cars and alcohol, we’d be a long way along.) And the idea that you can be pro-life and still be pro-gun: if your primary concern is actually with the sacredness of life, then you have to stand with Richard Martinez, in memory of his son.

Christopher Michael-Martinez’s Father Gets It Right about Guns from The New Yorker

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WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report) - A broad-based coalition of millionaires converged on Washington today to defeat a bill that would have increased the minimum wage for American workers to $10.10 an hour.
Leaving behind their mansions and yachts, the millionaires were motivated by what they saw as an existential threat to the country, Mitch McConnell, a spokesman for the millionaires, said.
“This was an extremely diverse coalition,” McConnell said, noting that everyone from the rich to the very rich to the super-rich united to vote down the bill.
McConnell hoped that today’s vote would burnish the millionaires’ reputation as “people who get things done.”
“Folks who have tried to pin a ‘do nothing’ label on us are dead wrong,” he said. “When it comes to stopping workers from being paid more, we spring into action.”

Millionaires Unite to Defeat Minimum Wage from The New Yorker

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Florida’s legislature is working on a bunch of bills (here, here, and here)  to increase guns in civil society.  That’s going to solve a lot of these mass shootings, right? 
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Florida’s legislature is working on a bunch of bills (here, here, and here)  to increase guns in civil society.  That’s going to solve a lot of these mass shootings, right? 

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