All of the hand-wringing rings hollow when coming from a society which does much worse to billions of animals yearly just for their pleasure (the US is still technically in the first world):
A New Jersey woman pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges Tuesday in a case that sparked international headlines after an emaciated dog was found, starved and near-death, wrapped in a plastic bag and thrown down a building’s garbage chute…
The dog — named Patrick by his rescuers when he was brought in around St. Patrick’s Day — was found near death in a plastic bag at the bottom of a trash chute. The dog survived and recovered. Thousands of fans followed Patrick’s progress on his Facebook page. A custody fight over the dog erupted after his much-publicized plight resulted in thousands of letters and donations from around the world.
She should have hired a farmer to do it for her and avoided all the criticism.
Gov. Robert F. McDonnell said Tuesday that he will return all the gifts from businessman Jonnie R. Williams Sr. and indicated for the first time that he was not aware of everything the Star Scientific executive had given to his family.
Why deny any inmate a DNA test that could definitively prove that he was innocent, especially in a country where DNA evidence has led to the post-conviction exoneration of 310 people? On average, those wrongfully incarcerated men served 13.6 years in prison.
I guess we’ll have to assume The Atlantic is still using Lynx web browsers for research.
I know it’s easy pickin’s, but I cannot ever seem to get over how dumb and hypocritical Libertarians are, compared to their (stated) goals of “freedom” or “liberty” or whatever they pretend they care about.
Comes now Mother Jones, once again reminding us that the single largest infringement of liberty ACTUALLY OCCURRING in the country right now is the war republicans are waging on women’s rights to control their bodies.
The fact that this is actually occurring, and not some mythical example of maybe getting some medicaid expansion if your state wanted it (or whatever else they pretend is an infringement on liberty), you’d think they’d be up in arms trying to elect every liberal in any election where the choice is between a liberal and a conservative (or a neoliberal), in order to put an end to the war on women’s rights, and the conservative desire to spy on every American to supposedly “protect us.”
These are policies that are, again, actually occurring right now. But do libertarians seem to care?
No. Which is why one can only conclude that their actual goal is the same as conservatives – to use their supposed “principles” to stick it to the poors.
“Litigation brought by patent assertion entities (PAEs), commonly called trolls, has exploded in size and scope, and now represents a majority of all patent litigation,” the companies write. They cite research by Boston University researchers that patent trolling costs the economy at least $29 billion per year.
The letter was organized by Google and other major technology companies, but it includes signatures from a large number of distinctly low-tech businesses. Retail outlets like J. Crew and Macy’s signed the letter. So did grocery stores like Safeway and Kroger. And home shopping networks Jewelry Television and QVC.
Google crying about patents? Now that’s rich!
Time to end the whole system and start over from scratch. This should be something every conservative could agree on, if they really cared about stuff like “free-markets,” instead of just paying it lip service while actually sticking it to the poors.
And the reason is pretty simple: the damage republicans can do over the next two years is larger than the damage they can do shutting down the government this one time, and making it more likely democrats can retake all of congress and have the presidency.
There is a very low probability that democrats can take the house in the current environment – which means that unless something changes the game, it will be two more years of republicans trying to harm the country. Literally speaking, democrats need to win the popular vote for the house by ~7% to even have an EVEN chance of taking back the house due to the horrific gerrymandering inflicted upon the country. In their biggest wave election in recent history, they only won by ~8%. Think about that for a minute, how horrific Bush was to cause that.
So we need to let them shoot themselves in the head – even if it causes temporary harm to the country. We cannot let the terrorists continue to hold us hostage, shooting a few at a time, hoping that one day something (what exactly?) happens where democrats can take back over and get back to fighting between liberals and neoliberals. We will save more people in the long run.
In either case, people are going to get hurt. I’d rather save as many as possible.
One of the more bizarre* aspects of the libertarian movement and their current war with the republican party is their desire to elect conservatives over liberals, whom would share are least a FEW areas of agreement. (This assumes you think Libertarians exist at all, and are not just conservatives themselves.) The common retort I hear is that liberals are just as bad as conservatives on the police state – for example, we would have invaded Iraq and written the Patriot Act all on our own. This is beyond absurd. Democrats may vote for these things when pushed into a corner because they are in general pussies and don’t want to be beaten over the head with these sticks come election time. But to even suggest that they would come up with these hair-brain schemes on their own and then implement them, especially when they spend most of their time mired in an intra-party war between neoliberals and liberals, is pure lunacy. And no one takes seriously the notion that conservatives want to shrink the government – see: history, all of recorded – unless the other party is in control of at least a branch of the government.
If Libertarians wanted to do more than pay lip service to liberty, they would stop electing those who do the most damage to it. After all, they will never get rid of social security and medicare, so they might as well accomplish as much as they can with their limited following.
*Bizarre, if you take them at face value that their desire is to increase “freedom” or “liberty” in a principled way, and not just stick it to the poors. And I’m not dumb enough to fall for it.