Monday, July 11, 2016


...about Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and Dallas, and the rightbloggers doing their thing. For the most part the brethren were predictably ooga-booga, but there were some brief glints of sanity,  and I'm still wondering where they came from -- I mean, they didn't last so maybe they'd don't matter, but maybe even their momentary existence suggests a way out of this madness. Or maybe I'm just getting soft.

I spent a long time on the thing (so read it, you ingrates!), and had to leave a lot out. There was for example the New York Post column by celebrity gun nut John R. Lott Jr., which he mostly devoted to ordinary rightwing racist tropes, e.g. "there were numerous cases around the country of blacks attacking whites and invoking [Trayvon] Martin’s name," and a suggestion that any claims of police racism were nonsense because “if black victims really believe police are so racist, why would they even bother reporting crimes?” (You People better be nice to us -- we're all you got!) One wonders why this famous Second Amendment scholar didn’t instead devote his column to advising African-Americans on how to start their own well-regulated militias. Ha, kidding, I don’t wonder at all.

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