Saturday, May 12, 2012

Inexplicable Obama Hatred

via Mad Mike's America


I can’t think of one President who’s taken as much shit as he has, with the possible exception of Abraham Lincoln. You know how when you were a kid, when your parents would ask what you wanted to be when you grew up, and at some point you’d blurt out, “I wanna be the president” and they’d look at you with pride at the thought? Nowadays, I can’t think of one single parent who’d be smiling if their kid said that.

What's your opinion? Do you agree with Mike that racism has increased since 2008?

Racism in this country has gotten completely out of control since Obama was elected in 2008. It’s almost like the civil rights movement NEVER happened. I have to wonder- did all the white people suddenly succumb to mass insanity? Because it sure seems that way to me.
But here’s the kicker- with all of the asshole pundits talking smack, NONE of them have the balls to come out and say what they’re really thinking when it comes to Obama. If you watch Fox news or listen to Rush Limbaugh, there’s always a subtext to their words- they’ve called him every name in the book except one. And it’s a word they would NEVER say in public, but I’m sure they’ve called him away from the spotlight:


They think he’s an uppity nigger.
I think that's exactly right. I've been saying for a while now that inexplicable Obama hatred equals racism.

What's your opinion?  Please leave a comment.

Accidental Shooting of Idaho Police Officer at Gun Range During Safety Training - Of Course No Charges

They were holding an National Rifle Association law enforcement instructors course, when there was a "negligent discharge" of a firearm.

One officer was shot but is OK. 

They can't tell say whether the shooting happened because of human error or a problem with the gun.

They did say it was not another officer's fault.
Did ya get that?  

"They can't tell say whether the shooting happened because of human error or a problem with the gun."

What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.

Accidental Shooting of New Orleans Baby - No Charges

 Local News reports

A 3-year-old girl was accidentally shot by a relative on Friday afternoon in St. Roch, New Orleans police said.

The accidental shooting happened about 2:30 p.m. in the 2000 block of Franklin Avenue. 

Police said the toddler was shot in the foot by her great aunt, 52-year-old Elaine Lee, when she was playing with the gun at her home.
What do you think?

Accidental Shooting of Helena Arkansas ex-Mayor by Himself - He's Dead

Arkansas on-line reports

A coroner in eastern Arkansas says a former Helena mayor has died of an apparent accidental gunshot wound.

Phillips County coroner Earnest Larry says former Helena Mayor Robert Miller was apparently cleaning a weapon when it went off. Authorities discovered his body at his home in Helena-West Helena on Thursday.

Larry says there’s no autopsy planned and that the body is being released to a funeral home.

Larry says he didn’t know what kind of weapon Miller was cleaning or when the gun went off.
How can people who have been around guns all their lives do something like this? Who could possibly be cleaning a gun and not know it's loaded or that it has a round in the chamber?

The answer is obvious, lots of people. They're in the news every day. Sometimes they kill themselves, somethings they kill others. More often the damage is not that great, but the fact remains too many gun owners are dangerous and unfit to own and handle guns responsibly.

What's your opinion?  Please leave a comment.

Fatal Police Shooting in Florida

Deadly Police Shooting in Fullerton California

Fullerton police shot and killed a man late Thursday who allegedly shot at them after a short chase in a car and then on foot, police said.
Heavy emphasis is on that "allegedly."

Not all justified shootings are really justified, just like not all defensive shootings are not all defensive.

What's your opinion?  Please leave a comment.

South Florida Madman Shoots Two Cops then Kills Himself

Fox News reports

Two law enforcement officers were injured and a man died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after a chaotic incident on one of south Florida's busiest expressways Thursday.
Gun availability, that's the problem. Those who support it are to blame.

 What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.

Murder - Suicide Near JFK Airport

The shooting occurred Thursday afternoon at the Hilton Garden Inn hotel near Kennedy International Airport in Queens.

Police say 31-year-old Brian Weiss, of Davie, was shot in the head. The shooter was identified as 47-year-old Gary Zalevsky, of Sunny Isles Beach. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

The details haven't come out yet, but I have a theory. There are too many guns available to people who are unfit to handle them responsibly.

What do you think? Please leave a comment.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Darra, The Pakistani Illegal Gun Market

This is an old story but well worth another look. Now I Know posted an article about this amazing place.

Afghanistan and Pakistan are both economically depressed, with a per capita GDP of roughly $3,500 and $1,000 respectively. Yet both of these nations have many well-armed men, at least relative to the typical Westerner. With money tight, infrastructure rare, and even literacy often lacking, where do the guns come from?

The answer: a small town called Darra Adam Khel.

Located in Pakistan south of Peshawar and near the Afghan border, Darra Adam Khel (or simply Darra, for short) is, as the Washington Post described it in a headline, "like the Wild, Wild West -- plus Al-Qaeda
." The town is in one of a half-dozen frontier regions which are considered "Federally Administered Tribal Areas," or "FATAs." FATAs are exempt from many of the laws passed by the Pakistani government. Instead, Darra is administered by the Frontier Crimes Regulations, which, in turn, gives individual tribes in each area the power and responsibility to govern its people, and with wide discretion. In practice, this means that the town of Darra is outside the purview of Pakistan proper -- and its people take advantage of this.  

Accidental Shooting Death of Iowa Teen Ruled an Accident - Amazingly No Charges Filed

Local News reports

The shooting death of Hunter True, 17, of Mason City, last month near Rudd has been ruled accidental.
Nicklaus Lala, 17, of Mason City, was handling a .22-caliber rifle that discharged, but “probable cause for filing of criminal charges does not exist,” Floyd County Attorney Normand Klemesrud said in a statement released Wednesday.
This is a terrible travesty of justice. No criminal charges even when a life is lost. Not the other kid who negligently pulled the trigger, not the gun owner, not the property owner where the tragedy took place, not the father of the shooter, not the father of the dead kid, no one is responsible for this. It was an accident, plain and simple.

Is it any wonder we have so many of these, far more than the supposed statistics seem to indicate, by the way?  Every single day you can find five or ten stories like this without even trying. Isn't it safe to assume they represent only a percentage of what's actually going on?

Imagine the ones in which no one is injured.  All told, the misuse of guns is rampant and unchecked since we don't even issue a slap on the wrist in most cases.

The gun-rights folks don't want to admit that so-called "gun accidents" are taking a bigger toll than previously thought.  They have a vested interest in this.

But, what do you think?  Please leave a comment.

Accidental Shooting of New York State Man Who Tried to Blame it on Someone Else - Charges Pending

The Saratogian reports

Saratoga Springs Police Chief Christopher Cole said Thursday afternoon, however, that police do not believe a robbery ever occurred and now believe the man shot himself in the leg while attempting to put his handgun in the waistband of his pants. Cole said the shooting was accidental and self-inflicted.

Shawn Noisette of Pearl Street was apparently putting the .22-caliber handgun into the waistband of his pants when it discharged at about 2:40 a.m. Thursday. Noisette was then driven to nearby Saratoga Hospital in a private vehicle, police said.

Cole declined to comment on whether Noisette legally owns the gun that discharged, but said there “very possibly could be some charges” related to the case this week. 
What's your opinion? Isn't it funny that you can shoot yourself or someone else by accident and suffer no consequences but if you try an lie to the police about it you're in trouble?

 Shouldn't the negligent action that often results in injury or death be the greater offense?

What's your opinion?  Please leave a comment.

Accidental Shooting of Pregnant MA Woman by Police - No Charges

Local News reports

Oppose On-Line Gun Sales

Jon Stewart on Marriage Equality

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Pennsylvania Has Most Teens Doing Mandatory Life

Afghanistan War Less Popular All the Time

via HuffPo

Support for the war in Afghanistan has hit a new low and is on par with support for the Vietnam War in the early 1970s, a bad sign for President Barack Obama as he argues that to end the war responsibly the United States must remain in Afghanistan another two years.

Only 27 percent of Americans say they back the war effort, and 66 percent oppose the war, according to an AP-GfK poll released Wednesday.

A November 1971 Harris poll showed a record-high 65 percent of Americans said that continued fighting in Vietnam was "morally wrong." By that time the United States was already drastically cutting the size of its fighting force in Vietnam on the road to a full withdrawal in 1973.
What's your opinion? Don't you think Obama can talk his way out of this one?

Please leave a comment.

Eat Your Gun

What does this look like to you? Go to Criminal Wisdom to find out.

About Lie Detector Tests

via Nanny Background Check

You’ve seen them on TV crime dramas. A potential suspect is wired to a machine via a series of sensors attached to his body while he is grilled by an expert operator with a series of probing questions. Eventually, a needle goes haywire, and the lie is revealed. Well, not so fast. There are some serious misconceptions about the lie detector test, and we’re going to discuss ten of them below:
  1. The Name Itself– The first misconception to address is the very name lie detector test. It is more correctly known as a polygraph, and can be more accurately considered to be a truth verifier test, because …
  2. They Don’t Detect Lies – Polygraphs can confirm that a person is responding truthfully to a question; however, the body functions that are monitored in a polygraph test will not specifically identify a lie, simply an abnormal physiological reaction.
And so on at the link.

What do you think? Please leave a comment.

Gun Owners: We're Just Like Rosa Parks (Except Armed)

The Morning Call reports

Kim Stolfer compares his crusade to the Civil Rights movement.

The chairman of Firearm Owners Against Crime, said at a Capitol rally this morning that in 1954, Rosa Parks stood up for her constitutional rights  —  as many gun owners do today.

Stolfer, one of more than a half-dozen speakers at the rally, said afterward that there is a “dawning realization among gun owners across the nation that their rights have been eviscerated, and like the civil rights movement, they are determined to see them restored.”

What's your opinion? Is that a bit grandiose to compare the gun rights movement to the civil rights movement? Isn't there a built-in lie involved in such a comparison?

Where is the oppression of gun owners? Aren't they often the ones doing the oppressing? Isn't that the very reason for gun control laws in the first place?

No, what Stolfer's doing here is a typical trick of the gun-rights argument.  They often try to turn the tables and accuse their opponents of exactly what they themselves are guilty of. If anyone is oppressed here it's the non-gun-owning public.  They are the victims of gun owners gone berserk and the terribly gun availability to criminals in the US.

Gun rights fanatics love to use the feigned position of "grandiose victimism."  Poor oppressed people they are, denied their freedom and rights, at least that's what they pretend.  The truth is they are the aggressive infringers of other people's rights.

What's your opinion?  Please leave a comment.

Lego Guns - For the Truly Gun-Obsessed and their Kids

Rhode Island Airport TSA Discover Gun Parts in Stuffed Animals - Amazingly No Charges Filed

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

For the Semper Paratus Crowd - and Others

I figure this is the right product for those semper paratus guys who worry about the police coming in ablazin'.   But, for the rest of us this could be the answer for those psycho neighbors we all worry about.

Accidental Shooting into the Home of a Rapid City Couple - Minor Charges Possible

What sounded like thunder turned out to be something potentially far more dangerous for one Rapid City couple over the weekend. 

A couple living at 1309 Greenbriar street told police they were awakened by the sound of a bullet going through their bedroom window. Police responded to the report at approximately 2 am Saturday night. 

A neighbor living just across the street, at 1310 Greenbriar, admitted to accidentally firing his magnum .357 into his neighbors home. No one was injured. 

The incident is still under investigation. Although no one has been arrested yet, the neighbor could be charged with reckless discharge of a firearm.
What's your opinion? Does "could be charged" sound a little weak to you? Does "reckless discharge" sound a little weak to you.

It certainly does to me.

What's your opinion?  Please leave a comment.

Accidental Shooting of Virginia 4-Year-old - Dad Charged

NBC reports

A grand jury has indicted a man in the shooting of his young son.

Nicholas Pierce's four-year-old son was shot in the hip by what Virginia Beach Police describe as a large-caliber gun.

Investigators still have not said who pulled the trigger, but have ruled the shooting as accidental.

Pierce's son is still in the hospital. Pierce is charged with felony child neglect.
Why is this result so rare? Why do most of the accidental shootings result in no charges?

 In my opinion, this should be the nearly automatic response.

What do you think? Please leave a comment.

Accidental Shooting of Tennessee Student with Air Soft Gun - Juvenile Charges Possible

Local news reports

It happened on Monday morning as students were waiting at the bus stop to go to Gene Brown Elementary School. 

Police said a young student offered to show the gun to another female student. She declined, he pulled it out anyway fired it several times and one of the plastic projectiles hit her in the head. 

School officials said that the boy who brought the gun would be with a delinquent juvenile offense.

This is the second time in a week airsoft guns have caused problems for area schools. Last Wednesday, two teenagers were arrested for firing at an Overton High School bus in Nashville.
The reason I say ban them sumbitches is because the police often respond to reports involving these so-called toy guns. In some cases kids get shot by the police as a result.

But, today's story points out another reason why.

What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.

Florida Lawful Gun Owner (and Possible Concealed Carry Permit Holder) Shoots Wife Several Times

Local news reports

The son of a woman shot multiple times Tuesday describes her accused shooter, his step-dad, as a “monster.”

Detectives said William A. Bolling, 72, was arguing with his wife, Vicki, 64, inside their home on 74th Circle NE in St. Petersburg when he produced a handgun and fired at least one round inside the house shortly after 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Police said Bolling then fired several rounds from inside the house at his fleeing wife, who had run out onto the back porch. Vicki Bolling was struck several times in the lower body.

“We saw her come running out as if she were trying to get away,” said Beth Scognamiglio, a neighbor. “We saw her collapse on the side yard and then he came out with a gun, clearly having shot her. And what seemed like forever, we saw her flailing around a little bit. Clearly, she was still alive."

Speaking to Bay News 9 outside Bayfront Medical Center where his mother was transported, the victim’s son, John Stevenson, called his step-dad a "monster."

“I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, you don’t think Disney villains exist in real life. They do,” he said.
I repeat, when a dramatic story like this erupts onto the national news, no one is checking whether the guy has a concealed carry permit or not. At the same time, the gun-rights fanatics are telling us so few people who have those permits do stuff like this.  According to them, CCW folks are incredibly better behaved than any other group in existence.

I don't buy it. The same is said of gun owners in general. They're better behaved than average folks because they know what a grave responsibility gun ownership is, and they don't want to jeopardize their gun rights.

Although this may be true of some, or even most, it certainly didn't apply to Mr. William A. Bolling of St. Petersburg Florida, or to any of the other mopes that will make the news today.

What's your opinion?  Please leave a comment.

The Neanderthal Christian Right Bans Gay Marriage in North Carolina

via where they have a wonderful interactive map of the current situation.

The national debate over gay marriage focused Tuesday on North Carolina, as voters decided whether to make it the 30th state to pass a constitutional amendment defining marriage as solely between a man and a woman.
The thing that strikes me is at the same time the entire country, and North Carolina in particular, is moving in the direction of more lenient gun control laws, they're instituting these Neanderthal restrictions on marriage and civil partnerships.

Both trends indicate a wrong-headed direction based on bigotry and bias. Both are the result of a vocal and well-financed minority calling the tune for the masses.

And both will eventually be reversed whenever we achieve a more enlightened future for our country.

What's your opinion?  Please leave a comment.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Accidental Shooting of Indiana Man at Gun Range - Of Course No Charges

52-year-old Joel Dale, of Munice, Indiana, was with a friend at the Deer Creek Conservation Club shooting range when for some unknown reason his SKS miltary-style assault rifle discharged several times.
In Indiana they love their guns.

Another Bloody Weekend in Chicago

The Sun Times reports

Two people have been killed, and at least 24 other people -- one of them a 12-year-old girl -- have been wounded in shootings across the city since Friday afternoon.

You can read the list at the link, but there are no surprises there. This is what happens when guns are as available as they are in Chicago.

In spite of what the gun-rights folks keep saying, this does not prove Chicago's tough gun laws don't work.  What this proves is that tough gun laws which are isolated in one particular city are useless if the surrounding cities and states have more lenient policies.  What this proves is that gun-rights activism, although it sounds great with all the talk of freedom and rights, is a total failure in practice.

Gun rights policies which are supposedly geared towards protecting the rights of law-abiding citizens are directly responsible for arming the criminals. That's why I blame the NRA and it's supporters as well as the folks who support loose gun laws.

What's your opinion?  Please leave a comment.

Shooting of Pastor Mary-Marguerite Kohn and Friend in Murder - Suicide

The Eldersberg Patch reports on the tragedy.

Kohn, 62, and 59-year-old Brenda Brewington were both shot Thursday night in an office at St. Peter’s Church. Brewington was dead when officials arrived and Kohn was taken to University of Maryland’s Shock Trauma unit in “very serious condition,” according to police. Kohn serves as co-rector at St. Peter's.

Police later found a man in a nearby wooded area, dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was identified Friday afternoon as Douglas Franklin Jones, 56. According to police, Jones lived on a campsite in the woods and had been involved in a dispute with the church’s food bank.

What's it sound like to you, another nut with a gun? Please leave a comment.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Accidental Shooting of Tennessee 14-Year-old by her Brother - No Charges

The Commercial Appeal reports

A 14-year-old Collierville girl remains in serious condition today after she was accidentally shot Saturday by her 17-year-old-brother, Collierville police said today.

The shooting happened about 2:45 p.m. on Fabert Cove in Halle Plantation. The weapon was a 9 mm handgun, said Lt. Tom Beard, Collierville Police detective. An investigation is ongoing.
Of course there are no charges, it was just an accident. That covers the teen-age brother. And there was not even a mention of dear old dad.

What do you think? Please leave a comment.

Governor Rick Scott Denies Tampa's Request

Yahoo News reports

Florida Governor Rick Scott has rejected a request by Tampa's mayor to allow local authorities to ban guns from the city's downtown during the Republican National Convention in August.

Citing Second Amendment protections in the U.S. Constitution, Scott told Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn conventions and guns have co-existed since the nation's birth and would continue to do so during the four-day event beginning August 27.

"It is unclear how disarming law-abiding citizens would better protect them from the dangers and threats posed by those who would flout the law," the Republican governor said in a letter on Tuesday.

Local officials need Scott's permission to enact the temporary restrictions after state lawmakers last year passed a measure that prohibits local governments from adopting gun ordinances that are stricter than state law.
Is it any wonder that Florida wears the crown?

What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.

California Bullet Button Guns

Cotto vs. Mayweather - Mayweather Wins in a Decision

Miguel Cotto certainly didn’t roll over and die in his pay-per-view bout on HBO against Floyd Mayweather, as the two beat one another senseless in the Saturday night match, however, Money maintained his undefeated record as he won by unanimous decision. Mayweather won the fight based on official scores of 117-11, 118-110, and 117-111. 

 Regardless of the official decision, the crowd conveyed their displeasure with the results as they conveyed their support for the underdog’s impressive effort. 

Cotto was the first man to truly put Floyd’s power to the test for any sustained duration of time since his 2002 fights with Jose Luis Castillo. He managed to trap Pretty Boy against the ropes for a significant amount of time while landing blows to the head significant enough to draw blood from the WBC Welterweight Champion.