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Marlin Stutzman, on Why the Government Shut Down

“We’re not going to be disrespected, We have to get something out of this. And I don’t know what that even is.”

– Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN), quoted by the Washington Examiner, on the government shutdown.

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Minnesota Family Has Two Accidental Shootings in One Week

A Chaska, Minnesota, family is not having a good week when it comes to accidentally shooting each other.

From CBS Minnesota:

Police in Chaska say that three in-laws were accidentally shot by other family members in two separate incidents, one of which happened during a game of Monopoly.

Officers say the first incident they responded to a number of days ago involved a man accidentally shooting his father-in-law in the foot with a handgun.

Police say alcohol was not involved and the entire incident was due to “negligent weapon handling.”

Well, you’d think that after that, they’d learn their lesson and brush up on their gun safety tips and never mishandle a firearm again.

Then, this past weekend, officers said they responded to another shooting involving the family. This time, the father-in-law was apparently mishandling his handgun and shot himself in the hand while they were playing a board game.

The bullet, after passing through his hand, then struck his wife in the stomach, police said.

Again, officers say alcohol does not appear to have been involved in the second shooting.

Via CBS Minnesota.


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Another Texas Politician Calls for Secession

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texas our texas (Photo credit: jmtimages)

Texas Railroad Commissioner Barry Smitherman, who is running to be the next state Attorney General, is preparing his state to secede and become an “independent nation.”

In an interview with WND, a right-wing hub, Smitherman argued that Texas can survive without the rest of the country and is taking steps to prepare for that day. “Generally speaking, we have made great progress in becoming an independent nation,” he declared. “I think we want to continue down that path so that if the rest of the country falls apart, Texas can operate as a stand-alone entity.”

From the interview:

We are uniquely situated because we have energy resources, fossil and otherwise, and our own independent electrical grid. Generally speaking, we have made great progress in becoming an independent nation, an ‘island nation’ if you will, and I think we want to continue down that path so that if the rest of the country falls apart, Texas can operate as a stand-alone entity with energy, food, water and roads as if we were a closed-loop system.”

Smitherman said he feels Texas officials must do what they can to prepare the state.

“This was one of my goals at the Utility Commission and it is one my goals currently as chairman of the Railroad Commission. That’s why I stress so vehemently oil and gas production, permitting turnaround times, and everything that enables the industry to produce as much as it can, as quickly as it can,” he said.

As Railroad Commissioner, Smitherman is charge of regulating the state’s energy industry, including oil, gas, and coal. (The Railroad Commission no longer regulates Texas’ railroads.)

In 2009, Gov. Rick Perry (R), told reporters that Texas may have to secede “if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people.”

Texas and a handful of other states tried secession once before. It didn’t end well.

Via TP.

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Florida Man Kills Neighbors, Cites “Stand Your Ground” and “Bush Doctrine” as Defenses

Florida man William Woodward “snuck up” on three of his neighbors and unleashed a campaign of shock and awe on their Labor Day barbecue in the form of over fifty rounds, killing two and severely injuring (with eleven shots) a third person.

Now his lawyers have cited not only the state’s Stand Your Ground law, but also President George W. Bush’s pre-emptive war in Iraq and the Bush Doctrine as a defense.

In their motion, Woodward’s attorneys claimed that the victims had called him names and threatened to “get him.”

The motion referenced Enoch V. [sic] State, which suggests that an “imminent” threat can include something that is likely to occur at sometime in the future.

“I think legally that term has sort of been evolving especially given changes of our government’s definition of ‘imminent,’” attorney Robert Berry, who is representing Woodward, told Florida Today. “It’s become more expansive than someone putting a gun right to your head. It’s things that could become, you know, an immediate threat.”

You really can’t fault the attorneys for the obvious use of Stand Your Ground, even if it was the neighbor’s ground. After the outcome of the Zimmerman case, we understand that the law stands for the proposition that you can stalk someone to provoke them into confronting you, and then you can kill them. But the Bush Doctrine? That’s ingenious.

The court document filed by the defense also cited “The Bush Doctrine,” a foreign policy principle used by President George W. Bush to justify the invasion of Iraq. “The Bush Doctrine” embraces “preventive” or pre-emptive war.

If the Bush Doctrine taught us anything, it is that one does not leave possible threats out there. “Imminent threat” now means “something that might happen in the future” just as “no duty to retreat” means “You can hunt down unarmed people and shoot the shit out of them on their own property.”



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“Guns Next Door” Event to Entice Kids with Guns and Candy

Denkmal von Leonidas, unten eingraviert: MOLON...

Denkmal von Leonidas, unten eingraviert: MOLON LABE (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On October 19, “Gun Rights Across America” is planning a nationwide event this called “Guns Next Door,” to prove to the world that gun owners are just normal, law-abiding folks.

The plan, it seems, involves sitting on one’s front lawn with a gun and offering neighborhood children candy… which is obviously the best way to prove to any rational person that you are not a creepy weirdo.

From the group’s Facebook Event Page:

So all we’re asking for is one hour of your time. Arm yourselves (legally), and make your presence known across America. This is an extremely easy way to support the 2nd Amendment, and protect our rights. Feel free to hold up signs in your yards for the passing motorists. “Obama must go, Save the 2nd, Molon Labe,” etc. Pass out candy or lemonade to the kids riding their bikes, and playing in the neighborhoods. This is your chance America! Your chance to take action by just giving one hour of your time, your chance to make a statement, your chance to defeat an anti-gun agenda!

Molon labe? Yep, nothing will get kids on your side like yelling at them in a foreign language!

Remember, kids, just say no to creepy men with guns and candy!

Via Death and Taxes.


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Stewart Skewers McCain for Playing Game During Syria Hearing

Host Jon Stewart in the studio of The Daily Sh...

Host Jon Stewart in the studio of The Daily Show in 2004 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On his second day back at “The Daily Show,” Jon Stewart skewered Senator John McCain for playing poker on his iPhone during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Syria“McCain! You’ve been hawking Syria for a year!” Stewart said. “And now you can’t be bothered because you’re a river card away from crushing ‘stashman_42?’”

“You know what, senator? Go. There’s a rascal scooter and a bucket of quarters with your name on it over at the Golden Nugget. You can play all the video poker you want, 99 cent prime rib. Instead of playing pretend poker in the actual Senate, go to an actual casino and pretend you know what the government should do.”

Sen. McCain laughed off the incident, but it quickly become a topic of controversy. He joked that the “worst part” about the game was that he lost “thousands of dollars” — a joke that didn’t quite land with CNN host Wolf Blitzer, who thought he was playing with real money.

Well, at least Sen. McCain is treating the possibility of going to war with all the gravity the situation deserves.

Click here to see the video.

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Explosive Texas Plants Say “No” to Inspections, and That’s Totally Cool

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Plant Explosion Texas (Photo credit: A Name Like Shields Can Make You Defensive)

Texas is open for business. Don’t worry about stupid regulations! If your roller coaster kills someone, go ahead and investigate it yourself. If you’re into fracking, come on down and the guys who “regulate” oil and gas will run help you drill and pump as fast as you can. If you want to run an explosive fertilizer plant, you don’t need to worry about the state fire code, because there isn’t one. If you don’t want the state fire marshal’s office seeing anything iffy, NO PROBLEM:

Five facilities in Texas with large quantities of the same fertilizer chemical that fueled the deadly plant explosion in West have turned away state fire marshal inspectors since the blast, investigators said Monday.

A railway operator that hauls hazardous materials across Texas was also said to have rebuffed a state request to share data since the April explosion at West Fertilizer Co. that killed 15 people and injured 200 others.

Even better, when someone asked State Fire Marshal Chris Connealy if the plants’ turning away the inspectors raised concerns, he said, “Well, sure.” Then he added, “In their defense, they may have a very good reason[.]”

As the AP report points out, Texas has no state fire code, and the fire marshal’s office does not have authority to make unannounced inspections or compel businesses to comply with an inspection.

Following the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Connealy’s office announced that it would step up inspections of the 150 businesses in the state that store over 10,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate:

Testifying to the House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety, Connealy said his office has completed about 60 inspections and aim to finish the rest by October. He said he did not know why five facilities wouldn’t let inspectors inside.

“They just didn’t want the fire marshal to come on the property,” he said.

Speaking to reporters afterward, Connealy declined to name the facilities. He said he didn’t immediately know whether he could make that information public.


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Man Tries to Shoot Pot into a Jail, Katniss-Style

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English: Tsimishian shaman ceremonial bow and arrow (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Tuesday, a Bellingham, Washington man wrapped a baggie of marijuana around an arrow and fired it at the second-floor recreation area of Whatcom County Jail.

David Wayne Jordan, 36, later claimed he had aimed at a squirrel. “He had no explanation as to why squirrel hunting requires attaching marijuana to an arrow,” said Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo.

Mr. Jordan’s attempt was seen by a jail employee who noticed Jordan getting out of his pickup with a hunting bow outside of the jail. I’ll just let the Bellingham Herald’s Caleb Hutton describe the event:

He fired the marijuana missile upward toward a mesh screen near the top of the second-floor, fresh-air exercise area for inmates, Elfo said. If fired at a perfect angle, the sheriff added, an arrow might squeeze through the screen.

But, apparently, this marksman was no Robin Hood. The arrow — along with a few grams of marijuana and a yet-to-be-identified substance — missed its target and landed on the roof. Jordan fled the scene in his Ford, but the civilian employee wrote down its license plate, Elfo said.

The targeted recreation area was empty, so “deputies aren’t sure if the arrow had an intended recipient.”

Jordan had been jailed earlier this month on charges of assault and resisting arrest, and had just gotten out last Friday. He was arrested and booked Tuesday “on suspicion of introducing contraband to a corrections facility” and other charges. Hutton notes that Jordan’s “current cell is on the first floor.”


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Horrible Conservative “Activist” Says He’s “a Transgender” to Try to Get into Women’s Shower

Some California conservatives are freaking out over a new law allowing transgender students use bathroom facilities consistent with their identified gender.

Dan Joseph of the right-wing Media Research Center is out to prove that straight men are now going to pretend to be trans to see women naked. He went to an “open-minded” college – George Mason University, which is actually one of the country’s most conservative campuses, as well as one of Princeton Review‘s “Least Happy” campuses – to . . . see if others are as transphobic as he is, apparently.

Joseph then reveals himself to be a complete asshat (see 2:25). He uses a lispy, simpering “gay voice” like the one favored by insecure teenage boys and wears men’s clothing (and keeps his facial hair) while trying to convince a passing woman that he is, in his words, “a transgender:”

JOSEPH: Excuse me. Are you going into the locker room?


JOSEPH: My name is Dan. I’m a transgender. So that means I have the man parts but inside I feel more like a woman. I was just wondering, is it okay if I go in there with you in there and change and shower and stuff? Just because I don’t really feel, like, comfortable in the men’s area. It’s just weird. Is that okay with you?

To her credit, the woman he asks doesn’t really appear to care.

I have yet to see one single transgender person walking around in clothes and facial hair reflecting their biological sex or saying “I’m a transgender.”

It is unbelievably offensive to suggest that it is all a nefarious plot to see boobs. Hypothetical transgender fakers don’t exist, and the “bathroom panic” these conservatives so worried about is not real. It would be sad if it weren’t so disgusting.

There may be people who feel “uncomfortable” with the idea of sharing space with transgender persons. However, they’re just going to have to suck it up and deal. When you are a member of a privileged group, this is something you have to do sometimes. Your “comfort” does not outweigh the rights of others.

Via Death and Taxes.

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Cooch Reiterates: LGBT People are “Soulless” and “Self-Destructive”

English: Attorney General of Virginia Ken Cucc...

English: Attorney General of Virginia Ken Cuccinelli (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ken “Cooch” Cuccinelli, the candidate for Governor of Virginia, recently said that LGBT people are soulless and “self-destructive.”

If Cooch wins, he’d be leading one of our nation’s most critical swing states. Even worse, a Cooch victory would send a message to both parties for the 2014 elections that voters don’t care that much about equality. We can’t let that happen.

That’s why the Human Rights Campaign is putting organizers on the ground in crucial Virginia districts and mobilizing tens of thousands of HRC supporters in the state.  We need to make a statement at the ballot box. Join HRC to help expand equality across the country.

Here’s the thing about Cooch: he’s not alone. Elected officials across the country share his views, and they’re working every day to end or gut hard-fought protections for LGBT Americans.

Laws can be undone in a heartbeat. It took years to win thirteen states with marriage equality and a DOMA-free country. We can’t afford to turn back the clock.

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