Who could have predicted this would happen?

Imagine you are a parent. On a warm Tuesday evening, you take your child to the local public park for their little league baseball game. All is well until a man comes scrambling through the park. You’ve never seen him before. He doesn’t look like one of the other parents. He doesn’t appear interested in the game.

Oh, and he’s carrying a gun.

The man talks shit to everyone he sees. Flaunting his piece, he walks up to you and says, “Look, I got a gun and there’s nothing you can do about it.”

In the elsewheres of the civilized world, such behavior is illegal. A quick call to 9-11 would produce a fleet of blue-and-white Crown Vics, captained by armed men ready and willing to take this asshat behind the toolshed for some good ol’ fashioned justice. But not here. Because you live in Georgia, and in Georgia, it is now perfectly legal to stroll around a public park, shoving your gun in to the faces of passersby and children alike.

The Raw Story reports:

After deputies arrived, they questioned the man who produced a permit for the handgun. According to authorities, since the man made no verbal threats or gestures, they couldn’t arrest him or ask him to leave.

Forsythe Sheriff Duane Piper said that he didn’t believe the parents and children were in any danger but, even though the man was within his rights to carry the gun, he found the gun carriers conduct inappropriate.

“We support the constitutional right to bear arms. We will not tolerate bad behavior,” said the sheriff.

On the contrary, bad behavior will most certainly be tolerated, because it is now protected by state law. That is precisely why the deputies left this fucktard to go about trolling complete strangers without so much as a fucking warning.

I don’t think very highly of the Georgia state legislature, but I have to believe this isn’t exactly what they had in mind when they passed their now-famous “Guns Everywhere Bill” late last week. Though it is difficult to justify the law beyond the suspected political motives of the governor’s office, I doubt the law was intended to permit obstreperous asshats the right to shove their weapons into childrens’ faces without fear of legeal recourse. But if unintended consequences are a measure of bad legislation, it stands to reason those who wrote said legislation should consider another career path.

 

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Southern Poverty Law Center makes the singularly least-surprising discovery of the past nineteen years

Don’t get me wrong. I genuinely appreciate the SPLC, both for the work that they do and the frankness with which they do it. But does the “Stormfront Connection” really warrant a press release?

The Guardian reports:

People charged with the murders of almost 100 people can be linked to a single far-right website, according to a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

The White Nationalist web forum Stormfront.org says it promotes values of “the embattled white minority,” and its users include Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in a 2011 massacre in Norway, and Wade Michael Page, who shot and killed six people at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin in 2012.

“We know that the people who are going to commit the kinds of crimes, like the kinds of crimes Miller committed last weekend, this is where they live,” said Heidi Beirich, report author and a director at the SPLC’s Intelligence Project.

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Chivalry is dead

These days, it seems safe to assume any news that begins with the word “Arizona” is not good news. And here’s an anecdotal news story to back up my completely arbitrary claim:

Allies Of Lawless Rancher Planned To Put Women ‘Up At The Front’ If Showdown With Feds Turned Violent 

ThinkProgress reports:

An uprising of militia members who were planning an “armed response” to federal enforcement of trespassing law ended peacefully Saturday after the Bureau of Land Management stopped rounding up cattle that a federal judge found have been illegally grazed on federal land for years.

But some allies of rancher Cliven Bundy were prepared to make as much of a media spectacle as possible if violence were to erupt, saying they would put women on the front lines in the event federal officials turned to deadly force. Former Arizona Sheriff Richard Mack told Fox News Monday, as reported by the Blaze:

 

“We were actually strategizing to put all the women up at the front. If they are going to start shooting, it’s going to be women that are going to be televised all across the world getting shot by these rogue federal officers.”

 

Christ, what an asshole.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Ebola

Ebolavirus is deceptively simple. A mere seven proteins surround and comprise a filamentous capsid, which houses its archaic genetic material: a single strand of non-segmented RNA. Yet, treatment — much less a cure — for the hemorrhagic fever Ebola engenders in humans and primates continues to elude us. Of those unfortunate enough to contract the virus, 50% to 90% will die, and there’s literally nothing we can do to help them.

If the raw numbers don’t frighten you, the symptoms sure as shit will. Ebola — like all Filoviridae — is extremely virulent; a few particles are enough to spark a full-blown infection. Injecting itself into a host cell and hijacking its reproductive proteins and organelles, the virus begins cranking out copies of itself at an exponential rate. When the host cell can no longer contain the replicated virus particles, it bursts. The released particles infect other cells, and the process continues. The mass destruction of tissues causes severe hemorrhaging. In infected persons, the lining of the stomach and intestines are sloughed off, and the victim to begins to vomit and defecate blood boiling hot with Ebola particles. The connective tissues beneath the muscles are eaten away, and without such moorings, the muscle and skin of the face droop cartoonishly from the skull. Weakened veins and capillaries break apart with the slightest pressure, making the administration of intravenous drugs or nourishment, or blood transfusions, a dubious proposition. The surface of the tongue peels off. The whites of the eyes, ravaged by the virus, turn blood red. The body bleeds at such an incredible rate its clotting agents are unable to keep up with demand. Most infected persons die of hypovolemic shock within 10 days of becoming symptomatic. It is a horrible, painful, and humiliating way to go. The only silver lining — and it is admittedly a stretch to call it that — is that the virus attacks the brain and body in equal measure. By the time an infected person crashes and bleeds out, he or she is essentially brain dead. Continue reading

Sorry doesn’t cut it, Francis

Pope Francis has something to say about the Church’s pattern of sexual abuse: he’s sorry.

“I feel compelled to personally take on all the evil which some priests — quite a few in number, obviously not compared to the number of all the priests — to personally ask for forgiveness for the damage they have done for having sexually abused children,” the Pope said in remarks quoted by Vatican Radio.

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The Ultimate Warrior: A Fuckeulogy

Professional wrestler WARRIOR, born James Brian Hellwig, passed away yesterday at the young but hardly surprising age of 54. Though he adopted various stage names throughout his illustrious career, such as Blade Runner Rock, Dingo Warrior, and James “Justice” Hellwig, he is best known for his brief-yet-profitable stint with the WWF, where he was known as THE ULTIMATE WARRIOR. A paragon of early 1990s sex appeal, WARRIOR was what every six-to-thirteen-year-old boy wanted to be: a spandex-clad, grease-painted muscle man, hair drenched in equal parts sweat and AquaNet, his little sister’s neon pink bicycle streamers strapped to his masculine triceps.

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You can never have too many bicycle streamers tied to your arms.

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