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20 October 2014 - 12:02 AM


I can go literally anywhere. where should i go

16 October 2014 - 03:30 PM

I probably won't be traveling for a full year, because my wife and I are both in masters programs and now time and finances are both an issue, but over the rest of this year I'll be developing themes and specific locations for my master's thesis, and then next summer I'll be doing fieldwork somewhere.




In most social science masters programs, you've got to pin down a specific subject that includes a location and a population to study. My approach has been a little different. I'll still have to narrow down to something very specific, but I'm coming into this with a specific theme in mind: historical memory and its effect on national memory and identity. Examples of this subject include studying historical monuments; for instance, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in D.C. What voices competed for their own narrative of the war being represented? What politics were involved in how the conflict was represented? On the other side, the victorious North Vietnamese unified the country and then built a museum memorializing their victory. The name and contents of the museum changed markedly after the normalization of political relations with the U.S. in the mid-90s; how do political and economic motivations change how the historical past is produced and dispersed to the public? Or maybe contemporary Germany. How does contemporary Germany grapple with the Holocaust and WWII? How does its school curriculum present Germany's part in the war, and how does that effect self-identity and national identity?


But I'm not pinned down to that. I can take that general theme and take it literally anywhere in the world. I just need a subject that involves competition over representation of the historical past… which happens all over the world.


Where should I go, huddle?

Business owner declares her shooting range a "muslim-free zone" and the Tea Par...

14 October 2014 - 01:32 AM

Ok so this thread is about how some moron in Arkansas declared her gun range a Muslim-free zone. I saw this article because one of the usual nitwits on my Facebook page "liked" the article on TPNN, which is short for Tea Party News Network, and comprises one of the largest troglodyte caves ever found. That's the other part of this thread.
I clicked on the article, which took me to the TPNN's page, which featured this cover:
As you can imagine, half the comments were "HAW HAW AND SHES HAWT AND HATES MUSLUMS WUT A GAL" and the other half of the comments were concurring with the following great commentary:

The Western world is at war with radical Islam. While we are constantly reassured by politicians that try to remain diplomatic that Islam is a religion of peace, we cannot deny that there are many within the Muslim faith that practice a brand of Islam committed to violence. To deny this fact is simply to deny realities of the world.

Wow thanks yes TPNN in fact the billions of Muslims in this world are actually all violent and that's why the billions of Muslims in this world are all committing violent acts or if not then they're not falling all over themselves to come out and tell rednecks that they declare acts of violence to be bad, because unless they do we have to just assume they're creeping their jihad right around the corner duh liberals.

Of course, not all Muslims are violent and should not be treated as such.

…whoa, a moment of clarity! I apologize TPNN, I have misjudged you and I apologize for failing to refrain from considering all the f-

One store, The Gun Cave Indoor Shooting Range in Hot Springs, Arkansas, has declared itself a “Muslim-free zone.”

Citing safety concerns and an extensive history of violent actions taken by Muslims in the U.S. and abroad, range owner Jan Morgan posted on her website a ten-point explanation for her decision to ban Muslims from her establishment and clarification as to her supposed legal reasoning.
While many might view the policy as extreme, it should be noted that the establishment appears to serve as a purely private establishment. Of course, this fact will likely not deter the radicalized Department of Justice from forcing Morgan to reverse her policies or otherwise face legal consequences as Obama’s DOJ has, in recent years, tried to force the owners of many establishments to violate their consciences by facilitating homosexual weddings.
Morgan claims that the ATF has asked her in the past to exercise judgment in refusing service to people who she feels might be unstable or a threat in general. This broad leeway, Morgan claims, offers her the authority to deny service broadly to Muslims. Bearingarms.com backs-up this assertion and notes, 

“She brings up a very valid point that gun stores and ranges have both a legal and moral obligation to ensure the safety of their patrons. Because of this, they may refuse service to anyone they deem to be under the influence, mentally unstable, or otherwise a potential threat to themselves, or others. FFLs are afforded a great deal of latitude in this regard, as the federal government would rather err on the side of caution.”
Morgan offers her lengthy ten-point reasoning on her website:


I officially declare my business, The Gun Cave Indoor Shooting Range, a MUSLIM FREE ZONE . . .
1) The Koran, which I have read and studied thoroughly and (which all muslims align themselves with), contains 109 verses commanding hate, murder and terror against all human beings who refuse to submit or convert to Islam. Read those verses of violence here.
2) My life has been threatened repeatedly by muslims who are angry that I have studied their koran and have, over the past two years, been exposing the vileness of the Koran and its murderous directives.
3) * The barbaric act of beheading an innocent American in Oklahoma by a muslim
* the Boston bombings(by muslims)
* the Fort Hood mass shooting (by a muslim) that killed 13 people and injured over 30 people
* and the murder of 3000 innocent people (by muslims) on 9/11
This is more than enough loss of life on my home soil at the hands of muslims to substantiate my position that muslims can and will follow the directives in their Koran and kill here at home.
4) Because the nature of my business involves firearms and shooting firearms in an enclosed environment, my patrons are not comfortable being around muslims who align themselves with a religion that clearly commands hate, murder, and violence against all non muslims. Therefore many of my patrons are uncomfortable around Muslims with guns. (can you blame them?)
5) My range rents and sells guns to my patrons. Why would I want to rent or sell a gun and hand ammunition to someone who aligns himself with a religion that commands him to kill me?
6) * Muslims, who belong to and, or, support ISIS, are threatening to kill innocent Americans.
* Muslims, who belong to or support AL Qaeda, are threatening to kill innocent Americans.
* Muslims who belong to or support HAMAS are threatening to kill innocent Americans.
See a common thread here?
7) I not only have the right to refuse service but a RESPONSIBILITY to provide a safe environment for people to shoot and train on firearms. I can and have turned people away if I sense they are under the influence of alcohol or mind altering drugs. I have a federal firearms license…
The ATF informed us when we received the license that if we feel any reason for concern about selling someone a firearm, even sense that something is not right about an individual, or we are concerned about that persons mental state, even if they pass a background check, we do not have to sell that person a gun.
In other words, a federal agency has given us this kind of discretion for service based on the nature of the business. I can and have turned people away if I sense an issue with their mental state. So… its difficult to imagine how the DOJ could have issues with this when ATF gave us this discretion.
8) I have no way of looking at Islam other than as a theocracy, not a religion. Islam is undoubtedly the union of political, legal, and religious ideologies. In other words law, religion and state are forged together to form what Muslims refer to as “The Nation of Islam.” Once again it is given the sovereign qualities of a nation with clerics in the governing body and Sharia law all in one. This is a Theocracy, not a religion.
The US Constitution does not protect a theocracy. The 1st Amendment is very specific about protecting the rights of individuals from the government, as it concerns the practice of religions, not theocracies. It clearly differentiates between government and religion. Again protecting the individual’s religious beliefs and practices from (the state) government. In Islam religion and state are one.
We are a Nation governed by laws, or the law of the land the U.S. Constitution. We are not a Nation that is governed by religion, politicians or clerics.
How then, can anyone say that, the practice of Islam is protected by the U.S. Constitution?
The muslim brotherhood has a documented plan for the destruction of America from within, discovered by our own government during a raid of MB operatives in America. In addition, I am very cognizant of the civilization jihad under way in my country by American muslims. In a number of states Muslims, through our legal system, are trying to force us to accept Sharia Law over Constitutional law. I do not wish to do business with people who stand against the Constitution and are fighting to replace it.
9) Islam allows Muslims to kill their own children, (honor killing) if the behavior of those children embarrasses or dishonors the family name. ( did you know that dating outside of the faith is justification for murdering their daughters and this has already occurred on American soil?) Why would I want people (who believe its okay to murder their own children), be in the presence of other children? My patrons often bring their kids to the range to teach them to shoot. I am responsible for providing a safe environment for those children to learn gun safety and shooting sports.
10) In the 14 hundred year history of Islam, muslims have murdered over 270 million people. Not all muslims are terrorists, but almost all terrorists in the world right now are muslim. Since you can’t determine by visual assessment, which ones will kill you and which ones will not, I am going to go with the line of thought that ANY HUMAN BEING who would either knowingly or unknowingly support a “religion” that commands the murder of all people who refuse to submit or convert to that religion, is not someone I want to know or do business with. I hold adults accountable for the religion they align themselves with.
In summary, I not only have the right, but a responsibility to provide a safe environment for my customers. I do not believe my decision is religious discrimination because I do not classify islam as a religion.. It is a theocracy/terrorist organization that hides behind the mask of religion in order to achieve its mission of world domination.
People who shoot at my range come from all religious backgrounds… some are atheists… I do not care about their religious beliefs. I care about the safety of my customers who come to shoot here. The government allows businesses to ban me from entering their business with my gun because the property owner feels uncomfortable or wants to provide a “safe” environment for their patrons which is in clear violation of my 2nd Amendment right to bear arms, so… I should be ale to deny service to people on the same premise. Can my government really force me to invite someone who had threatened to kill me, into my home or business?
I will do whatever is necessary to provide a safe environment for my customers, even at the cost of the increased threats and legal problems this decision will likely provoke.
Jan Morgan- owner / The Gun Cave Indoor Shooting Range



Welp… I tried.
The point is, TPNN is full of morons, and this is the tip of the iceberg. That was just an example of reporting on something other Tea Party types did… but seriously, just go look at the page. Take five minutes and scroll. Sitting strong at 100,000 voting Americans, it represents the political interests of racists, homophobes, morons, anti-intellectuals, and generally very loud people who don't know much about anything. Literally all their articles are "Misleading, inflammatory title!" followed by subtitle "Can you believe how Abortion Democrats are hypocrites?"
Voting people get their information and confirm their shitty fuging worldview from sources like this. This is why I'm finding it increasingly easier to dismiss people who hem and haw and throw out #notallteapartiers in response to accusations that the lunatics are running the asylum of the GOP. Damn if it isn't obvious how Tea Party values which are arguably good (limited government, lowering the debt) intersect heavily with moronic values (over-limiting the government because reasons) and attract the nastiest racists and the subversive elements who stand for the worst parts of this country's history.
TLDR: If you want a solid grasp on what voting bloc the Republican Party currently caters to and is controlled by, spend five minutes scrolling this site.

Reza Aslan owns

03 October 2014 - 12:06 PM

Yes, he of the Fox News interview fame. Here he is talking about Islam as a "religion of violence" and almost makes a CNN anchor cry on national television


Quarterly stat projections at wide receiver show we're a better team than last year...

01 October 2014 - 09:29 PM

…at least at that position. We've fallen off in other places obviously. But amidst the Steve Smith kerfluffle and the confluence of Dr. Doom posters co-authoring infallible predictions that the Panthers will gain exactly 6 yards from scrimmage on offense the next two years combined, projecting the first quarter of this season's receiving statistics suggests something quite different.
If, at the end of the year, the first four games prove to establish a mean of the entire season, here's what we'll look like at the end of the year:

  • Kelvin Benjamin ----- 84 rec, 1316 yds, 12 TD
  • Greg Olsen ----------- 84 rec, 1016 yds, 8 TD
  • Jerricho Cotchery -- 52 rec, 632 yds, 0 TD
  • Jason Avant --------- 40 rec, 360 yds, 4 TD
  • Philly Brown --------- 36 rec, 404 yds, 0 TD
  • Mike Tolbert --------- 32 rec, 236 yds, 0 TD
  • Jonathan Stewart --- 28 rec, 232 yds, 0 TD
  • Brenton Bersin ------ 12 rec, 196 yds, 0 TD
  • Darrin Reaves ------- 12 rec, 44 yds, 0 TD

That's a total of 4,436 yards receiving.
There are some obvious flaws in those extrapolations. Most likely, even if the distribution remains the same, Cotchery won't end the year with 0 TDs, and it's not terribly likely that Avant will end up with 4. Mike Tolbert will not get his full 236 yards receiving, and we'll likely see names pop up on this list that haven't caught a pass yet (some of Stewart's passes might go to Ed Dickson or Brandon Williams, or DeAngelo, who has yet to catch a pass out of the backfield.)
But here are five things that we can tell, provided, of course, these extrapolations (which come in spite of two very, very poor showings that comprise half our statistics, and in a time of the season when the Ron Rivera Panthers have proved to be slowest):

  • Cam Newton will throw for 4,055 yards, second-best personal record. Add in DA's touchdowns (a reasonable thing to do for the sake of analysis) and he's got 24 TDs and 0 INTs.
  • Kelvin Benjamin will win rookie of the year. 1300 yards and 12 TDs from a rookie. Cam will provably have his decade-long big motherfuger that we've all been pining here since he was sailing deep fades over Steve Smith's head a half dozen times every game.
  • Greg Olsen will break 1,000 yards receiving for the first time in his career. Even more importantly, this will mark the first time since Patrick Jeffers and Muhsin Mohammed were catching passes from Steve Beurlein back when Y2K fears were a thing that two Panthers receivers have eclipsed 1,000 yards.
  • Cam Newton will have totaled roughly 17,500 all-purpose yards in his first four years in Carolina, putting him half a season away from ousting Jake Delhomme as the franchise leader in that category.
  • Spoiler



TLDR: in spite of our massive flaws, we're setting up for a historically good Panthers season in many ways, led by our much-maligned receiving corps, who will post the team's best receiving year since Steve Smith was catching punts in college.




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