Following the results of last November’s election, the GOP now has control of both the legislature and the governorship in 25 states. By comparison, the Democrats have the same level of control in only 6 states. The Iowa Senate was one of two state senates the GOP gained on election night, giving the party full control of my home state.
As the Iowa Senate passed a voter ID bill last Thursday, Governor Terry Branstad signed into law the largest pro-gun bill in the state’s history. This brings Des Moines one step closer to becoming the next location from where Snake Plisskin must escape.
The Black Lives Matter movement arose from the 2013 acquittal of neighborhood watch coordinator George Zimmerman. Zimmerman shot and killed unarmed 17 year-old Trayvon Martin. Conservative media wasted no time pulling the trigger again on Martin, enacting a character assassination in the press against the deceased teenager.
It was only a matter of time before they set their sights on the movement itself, using the same tactic.
In the aftermath of the horrific shooting death of 22 year-old Christopher Lane, Fox News has seized the tragedy as a counter point to the mainstream media’s allegedly racially biased coverage of the Trayvon Martin case. However, their argument is missing one crucial thing… common fucking sense.
“Halleljuah!” Is how conservative commentator Ann Coulter responded to the news of the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial this weekend. Unlike Coulter, I can’t find the news of a man who killed an unarmed teenager being allowed back on the streets as an excuse to stop by Party City and pick up a piñata.
I recently attended a rally in downtown Iowa City remembering Trayvon Martin, the 17 year old who was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, one month ago. People of all backgrounds and ethnicities came together to share their emotions, personal struggles and views on the tragic event itself and the Stand Your Ground law.