Submitted by danps on Mon, 12/17/2012 - 8:31pm
Cross posted from Pruning Shears
The massacre in Newtown has once again opened up the discussion of firearms in America. We are getting the usual dumbassery about how this is a punishment from God or the fault of video games (which apparently are unavailable outside of the US) and the usual preemptive whining about how this is not the time to talk about firearm legislation because it would politicize the issue. This is the same spirit in which we refrained from discussing terrorism after 9/11 for fear of politicizing that issue.
It appears that the gun nuts are feeling a little defensive though. Unlike with previous gun massacres, this one has been accompanied by a real push on the role of our abysmal mental health care system. It's actually a great point: we've basically outsourced mental health care to our prisons, with predictably disastrous results. We need to do a much better job of investing in mental health care, removing the shame that surrounds it, and making sure it is available to anyone who needs it.
That doesn't mean it's an either/or situation though. We can both improve mental health care and implement sensible policies to reduce gun violence. One obstacle to the latter is a certain air of resignation and fatalism ("I'm fresh out of ideas. Anybody?") which - surprise! - is a stone's throw from demands for a comprehensive legislative strategy for implementation. Because that is the only way to discuss any issue, and it also explains the absence of war, abortion, finance, inequality and gender policies from our national dialogue. Read below the fold...
Submitted by Alcuin on Wed, 02/08/2012 - 7:51pm
I'm still processing Hedges' rant on TruthDig - I was so struck by his endorsement of violence in Greece and his condemnation of violence her in this country. I found an interesting essay at Viewpointmag.com via a comment on SMBIVA and this passage struck me as something that we should all chew on: Read below the fold...
Submitted by okanogen on Wed, 11/09/2011 - 12:59pm
Submitted by amberglow on Sat, 01/03/2009 - 7:30pm
Gandhi, his Grandson, Israel, and the Jews --
... what did Mahatma Gandhi actually think of the idea of Israel, and of the fate of the Jews of his time?
As it turns out, M.K. Gandhi engaged in sustained conversation with Jewish intellectuals of his day—many of whom were dismayed by the great man's insistence, for example, that Jews in Germany should have willingly "offered themselves to the butcher's knife." Read below the fold...
Submitted by captain nemo (not verified) on Fri, 04/27/2007 - 5:10pm
(a) OMG!!! Raise the terror code to RED!!! Where'd I put that plastic and duct tape, Tom? You were right Loud Obbs, they ARE inside our borders [pause to breathe into paper bag to calm hyperventilation]
(b) Ho hum. Page 29b. Shall we run this at all, boss? There's an update on Anna Nicole's baby's daddy's diaper rash here someplace....
Read below the fold...
Submitted by captain nemo (not verified) on Fri, 04/27/2007 - 9:55am
Submitted by chicago dyke on Fri, 04/13/2007 - 9:11pm
Ha, while we've been having our own little discussions about misogyny here at Corrente, it looks like Big Orange stepped in it. You make the call. Kos' original post. In which he basically says, "Suck it up. Death threats happen. They aren't a big risk." Which is what I said somewhere, I'm too tired to go digging for it now. Read below the fold...