"Militarized Cops At Tiny Georgia Neo-Nazi Rally Arrest Counterprotesters For Wearing Masks" is a headline you should never have to read in a civilized society, but yeah, that happened over the weekend. And they used an anti-KKK law (no protesting in white hoods, get it?) to do it! Which just goes to show that making laws to keep people from demonstrating -- even Nazi wannabes who would very much like everyone who opposes them to die -- just isn't a good idea. The good news? These little Nazi wannabe rallies are drawing fewer and fewer people. Maybe they really are vampires shriveling up in sunlight!
From the "All Corporate Media is Bad!" file: Comcast makes MSNBC's Morning Joe program run an eight-minute plug for "Comcast Cares Day," celebrating how magnificent Comcast is. Comcast owns MSNBC, as you know, as well as at least eight other NBC channels that also ran some version of that plug. It's good to be reminded, also, that Morning Joe threw Comcast's CEO softball questions on the air during Comcast's aborted attempt to assimilate Time-Warner, and that Comcast did its damnedest to stamp out coverage of the hated Trans-Pacific "Partnership." I guess it's good news that Comcast, still one of America's most hated corporations, didn't get what it wanted in either battle. And the fact that they continue to use David Fricking Cohen as one of their public faces suggests they have no idea how to win hearts and minds.
White man with no pants kills four and wounds four at a Nashville Waffle House, and a black man stops him from doing further harm by taking his rifle from him, suffering burns to his hand and forearm in the process. I sure hope I'm wrong about this, but I fear that I'm going to be hearing in a few days that James Shaw "is no angel." Because I'm already hearing about how "troubled" the shooter is.
In a completely unsurprising development, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) voted for the nomination of Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State in committee, after saying he wouldn't. Sen. Paul said he changed his mind after "receiving assurances" that Mr. Pompeo also opposes the Iraq and Afghanistan oh Jesus Mary and Joseph why do I bother? Unlike his father, Rand Paul only has principles when it doesn't matter; when it does, those principles are always negotiable. And given that the Pompeo nomination already had enough votes to succeed, why didn't he simply "stick to his principles," since it no longer mattered? Seriously, I don't see his endgame here -- it's not like he's ever going to be President.
Finally, a study finds that the President's most devoted supporters aren't driven by "economic anxiety" but by fear of losing their status in society -- or, as the study's author puts it, "It’s not a threat to their own economic well-being; it’s a threat to their group’s dominance in our country over all." All together now: waaaaaaah! My opinion doesn't count for everything anymore! But if you tell these voters that this is America and you should create your own damn status, they'd just respond that black people have their status handed to them -- a patently absurd contention if you have the ability to think clearly for seconds at a time -- and by the time you respond that what they call "handouts for blacks" are actually just attempts to keep white people from depriving blacks of their rights, these voters will have moved on to whatever else diddles their rage gland. The good news? Only 25% of the electorate is batshit insane, and the rest of us can -- and must -- contain them. It is the job of civilized people, after all.