Keep gun laws the same – but change the conversation forever

Eric Garland Government Trends, Greatest Hits, Uncategorized

The bodies aren’t even in the bags when they start calling people “gun grabbers” and claiming that the Constitution was written exclusively for their tactical toys, as if Adams and Jefferson were modern fundamentalist Prepper militiamen instead of thoughtful liberal philosophers in search of a functional society. It is now clear that no blasphemy is grotesque enough to motivate action …

We must protect Americans from racial terrorism

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The mass murder at the Charleston AME church is not a hate crime. It is not a “senseless act of evil,” the motive of which is unknowable. The murder of nine citizens in a house of worship associated with black liberation is an act of terrorism – period. Terrorism is the target of defenseless civilians in symbolic places with the …

Antonin Scalia, the government, and your butt

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About two hours ago I dropped some pharmaceutical-grade LSD and made some magic mushroom tea to go with my Nespresso and English muffins – because I have to write this morning about Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and your butt. That’s where America is in 2014, for realsies. The Supreme Court has opinions on the role of the government and …

Proper Memorial for the Music Business: A Trilogy

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Recently, I read the last sad story about the demise of the music business I care to read. This latest covered how once proud metal guitarists have been reduced to singing 80s pop to make ends meet, tragically left to decompose in ignominy at the bar mitzvahs of the greater Jersey metroplex. Not a week before, I read about this …

Supreme ignorance about the corruption of campaign finance

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A river of anguished ink has flowed since the Supreme Court delivered its latest decision loosening the limitations of private money in political campaigns, the case of McCutcheon vs Federal Election Commission. Many have hyperventilated, with good reason, that letting the wealthy influence elections to an even greater degree will further degrade the principles of democracy in America. Chief Justice …