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Greg Dworkin confirmed for us that the weekend political world was pretty much frozen in place in the middle of last week, so we'd have to look elsewhere for political news not involving Republicans making breathless but unfounded comparisons to Watergate. After a brief detour into the Umbrellacaust, we moved back to the IRS story, reviewing a few more stories providing context that helps us separate it from shrieking about Watergate. First, Garance Franke-Ruta's piece (and yes, I know I mispronounced archetype!), "There Was No Surge in IRS Tax-Exempt Applications in 2010," then David Cay Johnston's, "Lois Lerner Must Resign," and Stephanie Mencimer's "Actually, Tea Party Groups Gave the IRS Lots of Good Reasons to be Interested." Off on a tangent, but not totally unrelated, was Keenan Steiner's, "How ex-Det. Guy Bowers became the biggest campaign donor of all." Finally, we had to get back to the gun issue, with the tragic story out of Hofstra University making headlines, but also a fascinating look at the concealed carrying teachers of Utah. A very revealing look, I thought, into the minds of folks who feel certain that introducing the presence of guns into the daily lives of our school kids is a decision they feel comfortable making for all of us, pretty much by themselves. Because liberty. Unless you disagree, in which case, their tyranny wins, because it's really liberty.

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  •  Tipped and (0+ / 0-)

      Rec'd.  Thanks!

  •  Not so much in Davis County (0+ / 0-)

    In rural Utah, many kids have been hunting since they were old enough to carry a long gun.

    Guns are already part of their lives.

    I used to work with a guy from Davis County who brought yummy elk to work and, um, interesting teriyaki venison.  But Davis County is more urban.

    All those guns in Utah, especially in relatively urban Davis County; should lead to a pretty high murder rate, right?

    "states like VT and ID are not 'real america'" -icemilkcoffee

    by Utahrd on Mon May 20, 2013 at 01:40:52 PM PDT

  •  Hill AFB (0+ / 0-)

    And the northern part of Davis County is Hill Air Force Base.

    Why does a state where most people want lower taxes and fewer government programs have a huge air force base?  Good question.

    But lots of people in the military also grew up around guns before they ever joined the military.  And some of them probably still use them to hunt while they are off duty.

    So that's another group of kids in Davis County that have been around guns for most of their lives.

    "states like VT and ID are not 'real america'" -icemilkcoffee

    by Utahrd on Mon May 20, 2013 at 01:55:44 PM PDT

    •  Isn't Hill AFB the state's largest employer? nt (0+ / 0-)

      Alpacas spit if you annoy them. So don't do that.

      by alpaca farmer on Mon May 20, 2013 at 07:55:32 PM PDT

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      •  Maybe (0+ / 0-)

        It depends.  Do you define all the personnel stationed there from other states as Utah residents?

        How about Walmart?  I think Walmart employs more people at stores and DC's.  But of course, these locations are all over the state.

        Utah has the highest birth rate, so if you define state employees at schools all over the state as working for one employer; that might beat out Hill.

        "states like VT and ID are not 'real america'" -icemilkcoffee

        by Utahrd on Wed May 22, 2013 at 12:24:08 PM PDT

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