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U.S. attorney general pledges ‘going to take action’ after Florida shooting

U.S. attorney general pledges ‘going to take action’ after Florida shooting:

I’ll believe it when I see it.  Since 1999, America has had more than 400 fatalities related to school shootings.  That’s JUST school shootings, not any other gun related crime.  Let me state that again, more plainly:  More than 400 children and adults have been murdered in their schools

Many of these shooters used some version of the AR-15 rifle.  That’s the semi-automatic version of the combat rifle used by the American military for most of the last 60 years.

After the first military model was produced, Colt (the manufacturer) produced a virtually identical weapon for the civilian market and called it a “sporting” rifle.  The only functional difference is that the civilian version can only fire one bullet per trigger pul, while the military version has a selector switch that allows 3-round bursts to be fired with one trigger pull or to fire continually as long as the trigger is being held.

The standard AR-15 fires the same round that the M16 uses: Remington .223 also known as the 5.56×45 NATO round.  The muzzle velocity of the round is about 3300 FPS and is traveling at speeds around 3x the speed of sound.  The round causes an entry wound about the size of your pinky finger and makes an exit wound about the size of your fist.  As the round travels through the body, it causes a shock wave that turns bone to small shrapnel and causes soft tissue to essentially turn into hamburger.

There is no need for a civilian to have that kind of firepower.  Anyone who says that’s for target shooting is lying to either you or to themselves.  This model of rifle is designed to cause massive bodily injury with every round, and to be very accurate up to 500 yards, even in the military machine gun configuration.


The Republican Debate: Bad Lip Reading

Um, I’m pretty sure that there is nothing that I can say that would improve this.


Ed Asner explains it all…

You know, I’m actually all for returning to the effective Regan tax rates… Which were much higher overall than they are now. And we were much more prosperous as a nation.

 

 

 


So looking forward to the election happening

It’s only a couple of weeks until the election for 2012. Frankly, I’m glad that it will (hopefully, if there are no shenanigans) be over and we can go back to our regularly scheduled TV viewing.

I’ve decided who I will vote for, at least for the major offices. Tori has, I think, decided as well, though I am not sure, since she’s so completely over the election bull shit. Kristen’s politics are well known to me, so I am pretty sure she’s decided. Kirk, though? Who knows. He’s a teenage boy, so anything is possible. 

I appreciate and understand how important it is to vote and have a say (somewhat) in the election of our representatives in government. I’m just tired of all of the interruptions in the mail and at the door asking for my vote. 

Soon, though, it will be decided, for better or for worse. I hope for the betterment of everyone.


You know something’s crazy when…

First things first: Sometime around 1998 or so, a subsidiary of Fox Television went to court for the right to make shit up. Read the decision yourself, on FindLaw. No, I’m not making it up.

It’s established that Fox has the right (and practices that right, despite any ethics associated with real journalism) to alter substantive facts and report them as news.

So, when a “news outlet” that is known to make things up calls you a liar, you might have a problem.  That’s exactly what FOX News did on August 30, 2012: They called Paul Ryan’s speech at the Republican National Convention “deceiving”.  In fact, they specifically said that “Ryan’s speech was an apparent attempt to set the world record for the greatest number of blatant lies and misrepresentations slipped into a single political speech.”

The used three words to describe Ryan’s speech: Dazzling, deceiving and distracting. When a group that has gone to court for the right to make stuff up calls someone else “deceptive” it really gives me pause. I mean, my first inclination in that case is to dismiss the “deceptive” title as, well, made up. But they followed up the claim with several point/counterpoint statements that contradict some of Ryan’s statements. you know, like the one where Ryan blamed a Janesville, WI auto plant that was basically shut down in 2008 on President Obama… You know, the guy that stepped into the office of President in — What was it? Oh, yeah! 2009!

Oh, and did you hear about the RNC attendees who threw nuts at a black woman and said “this is how we feed animals” the other day? Yeah, check out the story here. The fact that the candidates weren’t heard to decry the act is not encouraging. This sort of race baiting is endemic to the ultra-right wing of the Republican party.

And it’s despicable. 


War on Women Timeline

There is no war on women. There has never been a war on women.*

War on Women Timeline.

This seems to be a rather comprehensive compilation of the various anti-women actions that have been taken in the past year and a half (since 1/1/11) or so.

Let me be clear: I am pro choice but anti abortion. Some 14 years ago, I (we) came face to face with an unexpected pregnancy, after Kristen and I had previously discussed our views on abortion.

I am glad to report that, when confronted with the need to make a choice, both of us decided that abortion was not to be our decision. I would have supported her regardless of which way she chose to go, but I am truly glad that the choice was to bring another child into the world.

I am adamant that, as a man, I am involved with the choice of bringing a pregnancy to term. The woman, however, is committed. Kind of like a pig, a chicken, and breakfast: the chicken is involved (eggs), but the pig (bacon, anyone?) is committed.

I do not regret for a single instant the fact that we brought Katie to term.

Hateful comments will be deleted, but impassioned discussion will be allowed. It’s my blog, I can make the rules.

*With apologies to George Orwell.


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