Detroit’s Hell’s Saints is one of many groups trying to raise consciousness about open-carry laws by carrying their legal firearms in public places and educating the public — and often the police — about the law. This week, they protest the arrest of Hell’s Saint Elijah Woody, who the group says was…
I don’t have any great hopes for a Republic of the SNP. It will no doubt be just another government, doing more or less what governments do at a different address. Be that as it may: Of course Scotland should be independent from the UK.
Great Moments in Progressivism: This week millions are tuning in for lovingly rendered portraits of three multimillionaire dynastic politicians Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt. We’re told that Teddy was a crusader against economic privilege, for example by supposedly using expansive new executive powers to control railroad fares, supposedly in the interest of greater fairness. Of course, during his time in office, Theodore Roosevelt also used expansive new executive powers to fight repeated brutal counter-insurgency wars, and, among other things, killed about quarter million Filipino civilians. But hey, what’s a few hundred thousand dead foreigners, when Americans might be getting a bit of a raw deal on their railroad ticket?
«Producing a copy of the Fugitive Slave Law, he set fire to it, and it burst to ashes. Using an old and well-known phrase, he said, “And let all the people say, Amen”; and a unanimous cheer and shout of “Amen” burst from the vast audience. In like manner, Mr. Garrison burned the decision of Edward G. Loring in the case of Anthony Burns, and the late charge of Judge Benjamin R. Curtis to the United States Grand Jury in reference to the treasonable assault upon the Court House for the rescue of the fugitive—the multitude ratifying the fiery immolation with shouts of applause. Then holding up the U.S. Constitution, he branded it as the source and parent of all the other atrocities,—“a covenant with death, and an agreement with hell,”—and consumed it to ashes on the spot, exclaiming, “So perish all compromises with tyranny! And let all the people say, Amen!”» — William Lloyd Garrison, 1851
«Inasmuch as the Constitution was never signed, nor agreed to, by anybody, as a contract, and therefore never bound anybody, and is now binding upon nobody; and is, moreover, such an one as no people can ever hereafter be expected to consent to, except as they may be forced to do so at the point of the bayonet, it is perhaps of no importance what its true legal meaning, as a contract, is. Nevertheless, the writer thinks it proper to say that, in his opinion, the Constitution is no such instrument as it has generally been assumed to be; but that by false interpretations, and naked usurpations, the government has been made in practice a very widely, and almost wholly, different thing from what the Constitution itself purports to authorize. He has heretofore written much, and could write much more, to prove that such is the truth. But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain — that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. IN EITHER CASE IT IS UNFIT TO EXIST.» — Lysander Spooner, 1870.
Police forces really are institutionally pretty damned racist and violent against women, people of color, and sex workers.
(Of course, the cops had no reason at all to presume that she was a sex worker, other than an appalling and presumptuously racist reaction to an interracial couple. But then, even if she were a sex worker, and even if the LAPD knew this, it would also still be presumptuous, inhumane and utterly tyrannical to accost and restrain her for kissing a willing client. Vice cops are an instrument of violent and oppressive social control and economic marginalization.)
Danièle Watts, an African-American actress who played Coco in Django Unchained and appears as Martin Lawrence’s daughter on FX’s Partners, says she was handcuffed and detained on Thursday by police in Los Angeles who suspected she was a prostitute.