KINDA WHY THE POLICE WEAR UNIFORMS
Start with these 4 minutes: how Wyatt Earp ended “open carry” on the streets of Dodge City in the 1870’s — and how Kansas Republicans have now made it illegal for Dodge to ban six-shooters and AK-47s from its streets and saloons, even if it wants to.
Now, take 6 minutes to see how we’ve come to “the intersection of ‘Open Carry Street’ and ‘Stand Your Ground Place.'” According to the NRA, Jon Stewart explains, you have the right to carry a weapon that may cause a reasonable person to fear for his life; and they have a right, if they feel that way, to respond with deadly force. “It’s a perpetual violence machine.” Because while in hindsight it’s clear the fellow entering the 7-Eleven with an AK-47 has good intentions, that’s not clear to everyone inside as it’s happening. You don’t know he’s a “good guy with a gun.” Indeed, Stewart notes, that’s why the police wear uniforms. So you can tell the good guys with guns from the bad guys with guns.
Finally, no matter what else you have scheduled for today, find 5 minutes to watch this, wherein the etiquette of open carry is explained — by a white guy and a black guy.
JOHN OLIVER ON NET NEUTRALITY
Still with me? Remember, you have all weekend to enjoy this stuff. Take 13 minutes for this explanation of the Internet controversy, at the end of which I predict you will (a) find it hard to stop laughing; (b) rush over to fcc.gov to leave a comment; (c) program your DVR to watch John Oliver whenever he appears.
Finally, if you didn’t have time for them Tuesday, I can’t recommend these segments highly enough:
Kansas Republicans denying the working poor Medicaid (even though the state wouldn’t have to pay for it).
Kansas Republicans cutting back on education (and shutting down the only school in town).
Kansas Republicans putting six-shooters back on the streets of Dodge (the clip you just saw, up above).
Have a great weekend!
Quote of the Day
If you ask me to name the proudest distinction of Americans, I would choose the fact that they were the people who created the phrase 'to make money.' . . . Men had thought of wealth as a static quantity, to be seized, begged, inherited, shared, looted or obtained as a favor. Americans were the first to understand that wealth has to be created.~Ayn Rand
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