Counter Regressive

"Conservatives" in the classic sense are a rare breed these days. The Republican party has been taken over by "regressives" who use their narrow interpretation of religion and the Constitution to serve their own needs. It is the duty of every progressive to speak up and stand against these regressives if we want our society to grow and our children to be successful.

And remember - "liberal" is not a dirty word. After all, the Founding Fathers were actually the liberals of their day.

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Two Entirely Different School Shootings Happened Just Hours Apart Today, Becoming The 75th & 76th School Shooting In America Since the Sandy Hook Shooting


Around 7:40 a.m. Monday, two teenagers were arguing in front of their high school 40 miles away from Charlotte, North Carolina, when one of them pulled a gun out of his waistband and shot the other. The victim was shot twice in the leg, and is reportedly in stable condition at a nearby hospital. The alleged shooter, a 15 year-old boy named Jalen Russell, turned himself in to his school principal and is facing charges for assault with a deadly weapon.

Just hours later, an as-yet unidentified suspect shot another high school student in Louisville, Kentucky. According to a spokesperson for Louisville’s government, the suspect in that case is “a male, about 6-foot-5, wearing a gray hoodie, black pants with a gray stripe, and about 15-16 years old.” The victim was taken to a local hospital.

As of last June, when most schools across the country began their summer vacations, there had been at least 74 incidents where shots were fired on school property since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. With today’s shootings, that number is at least 76.

Although the Senate considered popular legislation to reduce gun murders in the wake of Sandy Hook, in part by ensuring that people who purchase firearms are subject to a federal background check, the bill was killed by a filibuster.

Source: Ian Millhiser for ThinkProgress

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BREAKING: California Gov. Brown Signs Gun Restraining Order Bill


Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill making California the first state that allows family members to ask a judge to remove firearms from a relative who appears to pose a threat.

Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, introduced Assembly Bill 2014 after a deadly rampage in May near the University of California, Santa Barbara that left six people dead and 13 injured from gunshots and stab wounds.

Supporters say it could help prevent future attacks like the one in Isla Vista, while opponents say it would erode gun rights.

Santa Barbara County sheriff’s deputies had visited the killer, 22-year-old community college student Elliot Rodger, weeks before the rampage after his parents raised concerns about his behavior. But deputies determined he was not a threat.

The legislation makes California the first state to let family members go directly to a judge to request a restraining order that would prohibit gun possession, at least temporarily. Law enforcement officers in Connecticut, Indiana and Texas already can seek a judge’s order allowing them to seize guns from people they deem to be a danger.

Skinner’s bill would extend that authority to family members.

A court hearing would be set within 14 days for firearm owners to argue that they are not a danger. A related bill also waiting action, SB505, seeks to encourage law enforcement to check gun purchase databases before conducting welfare checks.

(via thosedamnliberals)


This Sunday, more than 1,000 LGBT advocates in Serbia held their first pride parade in four years. And for the first time in ten years, it didn’t end in violence. 

Pride marches from the last three years had been banned, but this year, officials allowed the ban to expire at midnight the day before the parade.

As the parade date approached, anti-gay graffiti popped up all over the city of Belgrade, and a massive protest took place the night before, complete with a giant police force (some photos of that above, too). Though there were multiple arrests at the parade Sunday, the event went off without any large-scale violence. 

Human rights are a question mark here, and activists know it. In fact, one sign read, “For all the victims of violence in Serbia.”

(via BuzzFeed LGBT)

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Student expertly photobombs anti-gay rally with accurate sign

Now this is how you photobomb. 

Twenty-two-year-old Justin Anderson, a straight, Mormon student at the LDS Business College in Salt Lake City, recently attended a “traditional marriage” rally at Utah’s state capitol building in protest of marriage equality, reports BuzzFeed. Currently, Utah’s same-sex marriage ban is pending before a federal appeals court, with federal precedent indicating that the ban will be overturned.

The Mormon-led community that congregated in the capitol’s rotunda on Sept. 18 demanded that the ban remain in place in order to save and protect children, and held placards reading “Marriage means a mother and a father for every child,” “A states’ rights issue” and “Traditional marriage blesses children.” Anderson, who attended the rally because he wants to be “on the right side of history,” was not exactly embraced by the other protesters.

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Jesus, Is the Secret Service Trying To Kill Obama?


News just broke of the Secret Service’s third failed assassination of President Obama—according to reports, agents allowed a guy with a gun to get in an elevator with the president earlier this month and had no idea he was armed until someone else pointed it out.

According to the Washington Post, the president was in Atlanta at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sept. 16 when the Secret Service broke protocol (once again), allowing an armed CDC security guard to board the elevator with them.

Agents became suspicious when the man refused to stop filming Obama during the elevator ride and ran a background check on him, revealing three prior assault and battery convictions.

The Washington Examiner reports the guard’s supervisor declared his behavior to be “highly irresponsible” and then demanded the man turn over his gun.

Secret Service agents were reportedly “shocked” to learn he was armed.

Per the Examiner:

Before the president travels anywhere, Secret Service agents make it their job to know who will have access to the president and anyone with a gun needs special clearance and may not be allowed to carry it when the president is onsite.

In addition to the Secret Service, only sworn law enforcement officers are allowed to be armed at a location where the president is visiting, the source said. Contract security officers are not allowed to be armed.


Source: Gabrielle Bluestone for Gawker