A New Angle

I’m beginning to see a new talking point from the gun control crowd—suicide prevention. The possibility of preventing someone from rashly shooting himself has always been one of allegedly good reasons for waiting periods for firearms purchases, but there’s a new twist. It seems to underlie a piece I read this morning over at Scientific American.

You see, it’s white men who are stockpiling guns, and we’re using them to kill ourselves.

Unfortunately, the people most likely to be killed by the guns of white men aren’t the “bad guys,” presumably criminals or terrorists. It’s themselves—and their families.

Read the whole thing. When you do, you’ll see the new twist at the end.

“Ridicule of working-class white people is not helpful,” says Angela Stroud. “We need to push the ‘good guys’ to have a deeper connection to other people. We need to reimagine who we are in relation to each other.”

They’ve noticed who comments about bitter clingers and deplorables helped elect.


BREAKING: People Like Larger Pay Checks

Paul Mirengoff reports over at PowerLine that Democrats are surprised that the recent tax cut is very popular. He cites a story in the Washington Post which notes that Republican (supported by spending “backed” by the Koch brothers) are united in touting the tax cut and “slamming” Democrats who voted against it.

You know the Dems are hurting when their organ, the Washington Post, concedes there’s a problem and feels compelled to invoke “the billionaire Koch brothers” to help account for it.

Read the whole thing.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

It looks as if The Dread Deadbeat Publisher Kimberlin has actually begun to try house cleaning some of his web domains to raise some donations. Recently, there’s been a bit of activity on his protectourelections dot org site.Protect Our Elections is a sort of subsidiary to Velvet Revolution.US which is allegedly concerned with election integrity. I has lots of stuff about real and imagined activities by Russians and Republicans, but nothing about Democrat shenanigans.

You’d think that a progressive-oriented organization would at least take note of how the DNC and Hillary Clinton steamrolled Bernie Sanders. OTOH, Kimberlin seems to have connections to folks like Cody Shearer and Harriet Crosby who are or have been connected to the Clintons.


I’m Buying More Popcorn Futures

Chelsea Manning has announced his (He still has a Y-chromosome; the science is settled.) candidacy for the 2018 Democrat nomination for the U.S. Senator from Maryland. This has put the Democrats in a lovely bind as Glenn Greenwald describes over at The Intercept.

Why have so many establishment Democrats so quickly decided to back a white, straight male politician steeped in privilege, while devoting themselves to opposing a candidate who would make history by becoming the first trans woman ever elected to the U.S. Senate, in the process inspiring trans youth around the world and helping to erode the stigma that has made them so vulnerable to discrimination and violence?

They’ve decided to do this presumably because they find Cardin’s centrist ideology and politics more appealing than Manning’s more radical politics, and believe that this trumps what could be the historic value of Manning’s candidacy. They’ve apparently decided to prioritize their own centrist ideology over the important gender, sexual orientation and trans equality progress that Manning’s victory would ensure.

One can certainly make an argument that the license they’ve granted themselves here – to prioritize ideology and politics over identity – is a reasonable one. But one wonders whether they intend to maintain a monopoly on this license or extend it to others.

As ye sow, so shall ye reap.

Ben Cardin, the incumbent Democrat, is often referred to as the stealth Senator because no one can tell he’s there. Certainly, he hasn’t had the impact on or connection with his constituents that Barbara Mikulski had. It’s always seemed to me that Cardin has won by default through not being a Republican in a heavily Democrat state. Manning may have picked a vulnerable incumbent.