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Wrong, NRA! Right-to-Carry Laws Actually Increase Gun Violence.

  • New study definitely debunks gun nuts' crazy theory that more guns make us safer.
  • Gun extremists’ ghastly new low: A fight over “open carry” turns vulgar and scary.

Joanna Rothkopf, Salon / AlterNet

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November 17, 2014  |  A new study from researchers at Stanford University debunks the oft-cited fact that  more guns leads to less crime. In fact, the researchers found, the opposite is the case: right-to-carry laws are associated with higher rates of aggravated assault, rape, robbery and murder.

The results of the study are imperfect. Lead author of the study and Stanford law professor  John J. Donohue III said, “Trying to estimate the impact of right-to-carry laws has been a vexing task over the last two decades.” While they specifically found that right-to-carry laws had yielded 8 percent more instances of aggravated assault, that number isn’t set in stone because of a number of confounding factors (such as various drug epidemics). Regardless, Donohue says that 8 percent is a low guess–the reality could be much higher.

Joanna Rothkopf is a New York-based writer and performer. Her work has appeared in Vanity Fair, Atlantic, Foreign Policy, Huffington Post, Salon, and Epicurious.com, among others.

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Gun extremists’ ghastly new low: A fight over “open carry” turns vulgar and scary, Amanda GaileySalon 

  • Nuts fighting to save their "rights" aren't just demonstrating or issuing propaganda. Now they're getting personal.
  • Seriously, people. This armed teacher thing really might not work out.

 

We have been stupefied: How Republicans subvert democracy, and the Democrats’ sorry dereliction

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  • Nothing less than a transformation of American citizenship worthy of Nathan Hale, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. (who learned a lot from Gandhi), Vaclav Havel and, yes, Edward Snowden can free us from yet another spectacle of politicians who look like pinheads dancing on pins’ heads.
  • As the Republicans take the Senate, these four reasons explain why the republic is in serious, serious trouble.
  • The Price of Failure and Rise of Extremism: How Democrats Blew It

Jim Sleeper, Salon

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Wednesday, Nov 5, 2014 | The American republic didn’t end this week because conservative Republicans captured the Senate. Conservative Republicans captured the Senate because the republic has been ending, as liberal Democrats and libertarian Republicans surf four predatory new asymmetries in our national life  – in security, in speech, in investment and in consumer marketing. These immense imbalances of power are submerging the elections, delegitimizing the liberal capitalist republic that promised to give security, speech, investment and marketing deeply different meanings and consequences than the ones they’ve acquired.

Nothing less than a transformation of American citizenship worthy of Nathan Hale, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. (who learned a lot from Gandhi), Vaclav Havel and, yes, Edward Snowden can free us from yet another spectacle of politicians who look like pinheads dancing on pins’ heads.

Jim Sleeper is the author of Liberal Racism (1997) and The Closest of Strangers: Liberalism and the Politics of Race in New York (1990)

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The Price of Failure and Rise of Extremism: How Democrats Blew It, Jeff Schweitzer, Huffington Post

  • Democrats have ceded the territory of reality to Republican fantasy. 
  • George Monbiot | Right's Stupidity Spreads, Enabled by Too-Polite Left

Reminder for your Christmas donations

  • Timely reminder before our generous spirits open up our wallets…   
  • How many ways can you spell G R E E D? 
  • Think before you donate! 

Thanks to Evergreene Digest reader Jay Pearson for this contribution.  

Something to think about before you make contributions:

As you open your pockets to do a good thing and make yourself feel good, please keep the following facts in mind:

The 

American Red Cross

President and CEO Marsha J. 

Evans'

salary for the year was $651,957 

plus expenses

MARCH OF 

DIMES

It is called the March of 

Dimes because

only a dime for 

every 1 dollar is given to the 

needy.

The 

United Way

President Brian 

Gallagher

receives a $375,000 base salary 

along with numerous expense benefits.

UNICEF

CEO Caryl M. Stern 

receives

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ROYCE.

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96 percent of donated dollars go 

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The Price of Failure and Rise of Extremism: How Democrats Blew It

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  • Democrats have ceded the territory of reality to Republican fantasy. 
  • George Monbiot | Right's Stupidity Spreads, Enabled by Too-Polite Left

Jeff Schweitzer, Huffington Post

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11/04/2014 | Politicians of all stripes since the dawn of time have perfected the art of feigned regret and false outrage in the face of opposition, while embracing blind indifference to their own failures. Standard fare for the left and right. But the depth, intensity, and institutionalized hypocrisy of the political right has taken our country on a new course; conservatives are writing a new chapter if not a new book on cynicism, deceit and delusion. As we contemplate our world dominated by Republicans controlling the House and Senate, we must therefore consider life in the face of deep hypocrisy.

Mitch McConnell, with a straight face and no apparent appreciation for irony, said that voters should install a Republican majority in the Senate because his party would "be able to bring the current legislative gridlock to a merciful end." This really reaches new heights of absurdity. The Filibuster King, the Guru of Gridlock himself, says that in order to end gridlock we need to elect the people who are responsible for bringing us Olympian records of obstruction. McConnell's Republican army in the Senate has led more filibusters than any previous Congress in our nation's history, attempting to thwart any progress on a gleeful spree of "no." This is the McConnell who made obstruction his publicly announced number one goal when Obama was elected to his first term. But now McConnell wants to say yes, to have you vote for him because he is the one to rid us of the scourge of the gridlock he created. Give him a majority and voila he will make sure gridlock is a distant memory. This means of course that he expects the newly-made minority to simply go along with his agenda; you know, like he went along with the Democrats when they had the majority. Sigh. It is enough to make one's head explode.

Jeff Schweitzer: Scientist and former White House Senior Policy Analyst; Ph.D. in marine biology/neurophysiology

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Related:

George Monbiot | Right's Stupidity Spreads, Enabled by Too-Polite Left, George Monbiot, Guardian UK

  • Conservativism may be the refuge of the dim. But the room for rightwing ideas is made by those too timid to properly object.
  • How these gibbering numbskulls came to dominate Washington
  • Bright Minds and Dark Attitudes

 

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