I’ve been saying this for years in one form or another.
Walter E. Williams (via whatwouldthomasjeffersondo)
I’ve always respected the Amish in this regard; they are anti-government and live voluntarily by their own laws. We have this great example of a thriving, peaceful community that doesn’t need help from the State in order to succeed in our very own backyard and we don’t seem to realize it. Even if they are luddites…
Also they are a great example of how you can most certainly be socially conservative, no one’s conservative like the fucking Amish, and not support government. The Amish are actually some of the most anti-statist, peaceful people in the country. Every libertarian should respect the Amish, even you liberal-tarians… You have got nothing on the Amish in regards to rebelling against society and they are the epitome of spontaneous order in modern America.
Earlier this year when the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel exposed a botched ATF sting in Milwaukee — that included agents hiring a brain-damaged man to promote an undercover storefront and then arresting him for his work — ATF officials told Congress the failed Milwaukee operation was an isolated case of inadequate supervision.
The Journal Sentinel reviewed thousands of pages of court records, police reports and other documents and interviewed dozens of people involved in six ATF operations nationwide that were publicly praised by the ATF in recent years for nabbing violent criminals and making cities safer.
Agents with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives employed rogue tactics similar to those used in Milwaukee in every operation, from Portland, Ore., to Pensacola, Fla.
Among the findings:
■ ATF agents befriended mentally disabled people to drum up business and later arrested them in at least four cities in addition to Milwaukee (also read the Reason article on this). In Wichita, Kan., ATF agents referred to a man with a low IQ as “slow-headed” before deciding to secretly use him as a key cog in their sting. And agents in Albuquerque, N.M., gave a brain-damaged drug addict with little knowledge of weapons a “tutorial” on machine guns, hoping he could find them one.
■ Agents in several cities opened undercover gun- and drug-buying operations in safe zones near churches and schools, allowed juveniles to come in and play video games and teens to smoke marijuana, and provided alcohol to underage youths. In Portland, attorneys for three teens who were charged said a female agent dressed provocatively, flirted with the boys and encouraged them to bring drugs and weapons to the store to sell.
■ As they did in Milwaukee, agents in other cities offered sky-high prices for guns, leading suspects to buy firearms at stores and turn around and sell them to undercover agents for a quick profit. In other stings, agents ran fake pawnshops and readily bought stolen items, such as electronics and bikes — no questions asked — spurring burglaries and theft. In Atlanta, agents bought guns that had been stolen just hours earlier, several ripped off from police cars.
■ Agents damaged buildings they rented for their operations, tearing out walls and rewiring electricity — then stuck landlords with the repair bills. A property owner in Portland said agents removed a parking lot spotlight,damaging her new $30,000 roof and causing leaks, before they shut down the operation and disappeared without a way for her to contact them.
■ Agents pressed suspects for specific firearms that could fetch tougher penalties in court. They allowed felons to walk out of the stores armed with guns. In Wichita, agents suggested a felon take a shotgun, saw it off and bring it back — and provided instructions on how to do it. The sawed-off gun allowed them to charge the man with a more serious crime.
■ In Pensacola, the ATF hired a felon to run its pawnshop. The move widened the pool of potential targets, boosting arrest numbers.Even those trying to sell guns legally could be charged if they knowingly sold to a felon. The ATF’s pawnshop partner was later convicted of pointing a loaded gun at someone outside a bar. Instead of a stiff sentence typically handed down to repeat offenders in federal court, he got six months in jail — and a pat on the back from the prosecutor.
The agency won’t say how many undercover storefronts it operates every year or disclose their locations. Agency officials don’t publicize all of the busts. Court records in many districts are sealed by judges or otherwise unavailable to the public. If an operation is flawed, as in Milwaukee, there may be no publicity at all.
Shame there were no “good cops” around to stop this.
"George, one of Evelyn’s sons, suffered particularly gruesome injuries after one of the officers began repeatedly bashing in his head and face with a baton, according to court records."
Fucking heroes, these guys. I don’t think most of you realize what a threat parakeets are to the brave men and women in blue. I mean, I don’t have any official statistics or anything, but in the very least they can be considered a horrible nuisance.
Fascism has become a term of general derision and rebuke. It is tossed casually in the direction of anything a critic happens to dislike.
But fascism is a real political and economic concept, not a stick with which to beat opponents arbitrarily. The abuse of this important word undermines its true value as a term referring to a very real phenomenon, and one whose spirit lives on even now.
Fascism is a specific ideology based on the idea that the state is the ideal organization for realizing a society’s and an individual’s potential economically, socially, and even spiritually.
The state, for the fascist, is the instrument by which the people’s common destiny is realized, and in which the potential for greatness is to be found. Individual rights, and the individual himself, are strictly subordinate to the state’s great and glorious goals for the nation. In foreign affairs, the fascist attitude is reflected in a belligerent chauvinism, a contempt for other peoples, and a society-wide reverence for soldiers and the martial virtues."
HELL YEAH I’m a faun I have hoof powers and golden horns
I like to think that I’d be able to control gravity on a large or small scale, which also means I’d have some restricted methods of time control. Neat.
That’s how I tend to envision your superpowers, yeah.
I guess I’m just a dinosaur-human hybrid with increased strength/agility/endurance. All the powers of a dinosaur, with a mighty human brain. And no feathers. Maybe I can change back and forth, like The Lizard. I probably look a lot like him, or Killer Croc, or Stegron.
I got the power to spread the gay around to everyone after a science experiment gone wrong.
I’m like a lesbian Poison Ivy.
Oh wait no that’s regular Poison Ivy.
i’m an herbalist witch, igss?
i’m down w/ that tbh.
clearly i can cause large-scale destruction via a critical mass of gayness
i’m guessing i cause abortions by kissing people with uteruses. super nice for all the folks that want it done discretely. gonna go on a makeout road trip through the bible belt states.
i prove to people that free will is absurd and that everything is ultimately determined by unconscious forces beyond human understanding. spoopy.
I’m the arch-nemesis of insidious Lex Luthor types trying to accumulate excessive power. I therefor have an Infinity Gauntlet like ability to strip these faux-heroes of their knack for ill-will but I also eventually implode under the paradox of my own existence.
Boss if you ask me.
my mom has been a cop for over 20 years and she is the one who constantly warns me about police aggression and young male cops and told me that if you’re ever alone on a rural road and a cop throws their lights on to put on your four ways and drive to the next gas station before stopping because so many cops are scum and it’s not worth the chance of getting hurt. the fact that SHE feels the need to tell me this shit scares me to death