4/22-23 News Roundup and Open Thread The Progressive Wing Posted on April 22, 2023 by jcityboneApril 22, 2023 Bernie speaks up on behalf of Labor Secretary nominee Julie Su.
Love me some Bernie. May his tribe increase. Hope Su makes it through but I’m not optimistic.
40+ years of putting up with these fascist craporate creeps and their legalized bribery!!! And I am beyond sick and tired of it!!!!
Just plain disgusted,we should be doing better as a society. But until the people that think that power,greed is the way for society to grow and prosper were in trouble and got a long way to go….
Speaking of my love for Bernie, I came across this post, one of the few that I ever posted, which I published on April 23, 2016 at TOP. A sad experience when I went to NY to canvas for Bernie. Just sharing the sadness –
Aint, I am a generation behind you age wise, but man, this is a terrific essay!!
Thanks obf. Feeling sad today. But grateful for the life of my neighbor, friend, tennis teacher at the Harlem Y in the 60’s – Dabney Montgomery. He made his transition about 6 years ago.
Nicely done Ain’t!!!
Bernie is performing one valuable public service: as chairman of his Senate committee, he is forcing these craporate yahoos to testify and putting a public media spotlight on them.
With the constant corrupt stench of Thomas and the far right Evangelical bent, Roberts knows his Court is a joke–a bad one.
I would not be caught dead owning a SUV. A pickup truck makes more sense as does a 3-door hatchback.
The Bennys have a hybrid SUV that is medium sized. Mr. Benny is tall and needed some extra room. A pickup would not work for us when it comes to our travel style but I see your point. Mr. Benny would like to drive a Winnebago for travel, but that’s not feasible for me. I have limited sight depth perception. As it is, the SUV we have is as large as I can do for driving. I started driving small cars in 1977 and our other car is a 2004 compact hybrid. Mr Benny can drive it as long as he doesn’t have to pedal long stretches in it.
Your points are all good ones. I know from your comments, you and Mr. B are travelers. 🙂 My beef with SUVs is I do not feel close to the ground as in center of gravity. That makes me uncomfortable and a little nervous. We have a p/u and hatchback at our casa.
While the kids were young the mini van worked perfectly for us. If i had to haul something it worked good once the seats were out or collapsed. The big stuff-had family or friends for that just took a few beers :). Got a Mazda-5 for the commute to work and its my “retirement” car as thats on the horizon. Decent mileage
Wonder where O-ville is ranked? With no guns here, I’m not bothering to look. 🙁
Happy Earth Day!
Its one of those iconic pictures, sadly Earth was in better shape in a lot of ways back then that it is today😥😥
I agree. Still, that’s a beautiful kozmik picture. 🙂
Its an old article but very relevant at his point in time. The gun nuts want to go back to the “old West” where everyone was packing lets do it!!!!!The old west they are referring to was only on TV -a fantasy a myth. Citizens back then were more safe from gun play than they are today. I might note that none of the old west gun owners were complaing of thier 2a rights they simply compiled with the local laws. Todays NRA, Faux news and their Yell Qaeda gun nut followers are the ones most responsible for our gun issues today.
Did the Wild West Have More Gun Control Than We Do Today?
Gun control advocates fear, and gun rights proponents sometimes hope, the Second Amendment will transform our cities into modern-day versions of Dodge. This is all based on a widely shared misunderstanding of the Wild West.
After a decision by the Supreme Court affirming the right of individuals to own guns, then-Chicago Mayor Richard Daley sarcastically said, “Then why don’t we do away with the court system and go back to the Old West, you have a gun and I have a gun and we’ll settle it in the streets?” This is a common refrain heard in the gun debate. Gun control advocates fear — and gun rights proponents sometimes hope — the Second Amendment will transform our cities into modern-day versions of Dodge.
Yet this is all based on a widely shared misunderstanding of the Wild West. Frontier towns — places like Tombstone, Deadwood, and Dodge — actually had the most restrictive gun control laws in the nation.
In fact, many of those same cities have far less burdensome gun control today then they did back in the 1800s.
When Dodge City residents organized their municipal government, do you know what the very first law they passed was? A gun control law. They declared that “any person or persons found carrying concealed weapons in the city of Dodge or violating the laws of the State shall be dealt with according to law.” Many frontier towns, including Tombstone, Arizona–the site of the infamous “Shootout at the OK Corral”–also barred the carrying of guns openly.
Today in Tombstone, you don’t even need a permit to carry around a firearm. Gun rights advocates are pushing lawmakers in state after state to do away with nearly all limits on the ability of people to have guns in public.
Like any law regulating things that are small and easy to conceal, the gun control of the Wild West wasn’t always perfectly enforced. But statistics show that, next to drunk and disorderly conduct, the most common cause of arrest was illegally carrying a firearm. Sheriffs and marshals took gun control seriously.
Why is our image of the Wild West so wrong? Largely for the same reason these towns adopted gun control laws in the first place: economic development. Residents wanted limits on guns in public because they wanted to attract businesspeople and civilized folk. What prospective storeowner was going to move to Deadwood if he was likely to be robbed when he brought his daily earnings to the bank?
Once the frontier was closed, those same towns glorified a supposedly violent past in order to attract tourists and the businesses to serve them. Gunfights were extremely rare in frontier towns, but these days you can see a reenactment of the one at the OK Corral several times a day. Don’t forget to buy a souvenir!
The story of guns in America is far more complex and surprising than we’ve often been led to believe. We’ve always had a right to bear arms, but we’ve also always had gun control. Even in the Wild West, Americans balanced these two and enacted laws restricting guns in order to promote public safety. Why should it be so hard to do the same today
A long time ago on a planet far far away this was a reality…..
T and R x 2, jcb!! 🙂 I took yesterday off and just slept and forbade my eyeballs from any reading! Gotta do it more often, I have to admit.
This statement was in an email I received today from Robert Reich (whom I also admire). Wow.
It’s just a sad state of affairs in this country. Can it change? We will see.
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There are also 2 issues important to young folks: dealing with climate chaos, and pot legalization.