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|On the grievous harm of being called a racist
This is just a general observation after reading a few of the diaries posted this week about populism and "the race card." While it was inspired by the commentary I'm not thinking of anyone in ...
|On the labeling of GMO foods
Consumer Reports published an article in the March magazine covering some FAQs about GMO s. I was somewhat surprised to learn that they support the mandatory labeling of GMO products, that people ...
|Who Would Jesus Snipe?
"I'm no theologian, but..." -- Todd Starnes Leave it to PZ Myers over at Pharyngula to find this gem, a video so ridiculous I had to perform a modicum of research just to make ...
|Who goes to bed with a gun?
Yet Another Responsible Gun Owner Although this question was perhaps innocently posed by the hosts ...
|Don't tell me what you believe
The K of C. Growing up indoctrinated in a catholic family, of course I had some passing familiarity with the Knights of Columbus. Mostly, as a meeting hall I occasionally saw the inside of, or ...
|The value of pessimism
It's always sad to see a person fall into a funk of despondency over politics, especially from my point of view, where I generally expect the worst to begin with. Sure, it may be characterized as a ...
|Of goats and scapegoats
More relevant than you might think! Here in Tucson, there's a certain degree of detachment from the extremity of our state legislature, from the likes of Jan Brewer. We have our share of problem ...
|It's all in the reflexes
Although this case may appear in GunFAIL LXVIII, it may be worth a moment's sorrowful remembrance for another gun owner moving from the 'responsible' column over to 'arrested for homicide.' Well, ...
|Cruelty is always attended by cowardice
To start this off, I've quoted James Wilson, one of our vaunted 'founding fathers,' revered like some kind of secular saints, even if the principles they stood for are often ignored by the same ...
|Arizona legislature passes background checks
Fingerprinting, criminal background checks and licensing, and all it needs is Jan Brewer's signature. Oh, there'd be an armed revolt in Phoenix most likely, if that were really the case. It's ...
|Partisan is the new liberal
I image searched for '...
|Domestic violence survivor: "I was shot with my own gun"
It's not exactly breaking news that gun enthusiasts oppose stronger gun laws intended to curb domestic violence and save lives. The NRA is on record , after all, fighting to keep guns in the hands ...
|It's just a toy
The difference between a toy gun and the real thing can be a moot point, as was demonstrated this week in California. A 13-year-old boy, Andy Lopez, was riddled with bullets by a veteran deputy of ...
|Wild, wild South Carolina
Taking another step down the road back to the mythological wild, wild west, a South Carolina man who shot and killed an innocent bystander has received immunity from prosecution . The judge handing ...
|NRA fails at suppressing background check research
Universal background checks picked up another key demographic of support lately -- gun dealers . That was interesting enough to appear in the news last night. It's not as vast a majority as, say, ...
|Ruled by demonic spirits of doubt!
It's been my dubious...pleasure, morbid curiosity perhaps, to make Right Wing Watch part of my blogroll, someplace I go to time and again to keep track of the latest ridiculousness of right-wing ...
|White supremacist felon busted for arsenal of illegal guns
Great news! An ex-felon and white supremacist gets caught stockpiling guns, assault weapons, ammunition and body armor. And lists of ...
|Dream Defenders: Two Minutes
I can only imagine the logistical nightmare of trying to decide who got to speak at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, yesterday, from the many folks who must have wanted nothing more. But it ...
|Nothing but love: an apology.
Oftentimes I feel disconnected from this community, and question why I do more than just read. The metapocalypse over the surveillance state makes me question whether it's worthwhile to contribute, ...
|Failure to communicate
I don't know what's worse here, that some bunch of conservative morons would pass off a racist picture so approvingly; that they would get busted for using an image that was photoshopped to make the ...
|Ethically challenged Colorado newspaper complains about...ethics!
Oblivious to the irony? No longer a double down, this is a triple-down. The Pueblo Chieftain in Colorado has waged a campaign against a Democrat in the state Senate, Angela Giron, and the paper's ...
|The ATF has a director (finally)
It's frozen over! A few hours ago, the Senate confirmed B. Todd Jones to be the director of the ATF. Huffington Post reports that the precarious deal on filibusters nearly imploded over it, but ...
|Dream Defenders, Day 16: When "soft on crime" kills
ACTION DIARY: Florida state senator who voted for the Stand Your Ground law regrets vote and now calls on the governor to hold a special session on SYG law. Support the Dream Defenders by donating ,
|Justice Exists for Us All Act seeks to penalize Stand Your Ground states
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) Curious, that this bill was reintroduced in the House several days ago and yet all I can find for news on it is from conservative sites, but oh well. Here's my ...
|NRA's recalls against Colorado Democrats not going well
Today, Mother Jones is reporting on the status of recall campaigns backed by the NRA after Colorado Democrats dared to pass stronger gun laws in their state. This sort of fight is to be expected, ...
|NRA: Stand Your Ground is "a fundamental human right"
Seems like the only conclusion the NRA's misguided leadership could draw, having helped to promulgate 'stand your ground' laws, having dismissed Trayvon Martin's death as a media-manufactured ...
|Scapegoats of convenience
Wayne LaPierre has been laying low since the NRA's victory over stronger gun laws in Congress, and his subsequent victory lap of crazy in their convention in May. While this has allowed Gun Owners ...
|More executive actions Obama could use to fight gun violence
With Senators like this, I look for alternatives We're coming up on six months since the mass shooting in Newtown, and so the debate over stronger gun laws may be ...
|Live by the gun, profit by gun trafficking
During the debate in the Senate on tougher gun laws, the NRA's defense of straw purchasers gave the lie to their feigned interest in keeping guns out of the hands of criminals. While Democrats ...
|Gun enthusiasts indulge in revenge-for-Nixon fantasies
Ever since Watergate, it seems that conservatives have been itching to return the favor and impeach a Democratic president. For anything. So it comes as no surprise to me to find some of them ...
|NRA's lies to its membership captured in a "survey"
The NRA and assorted gun enthusiasts made their case against background checks using the lie that it would lead to gun registration. Now, gun registration is already carried out in some states, as ...
|Documenting the media's failure to connect rising suicide rate to guns
Eric Boehlert at Media Matters reported today about a surging suicide rate in this country. And while the problem itself may get covered in the media, what goes unreported is how the proliferation ...
|Death penalty to be abolished tomorrow in Maryland; repeal stalled in Delaware
Through the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, I have kept up on the news and participated in some small way in urging politicians in the state of Maryland to abolish the death penalty.
|In which Mayor Bloomberg compares me to the NRA
I have displeased the Bloomberg... Yesterday, Vyan wrote about New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg's, um...spirited defense of his police department's "stop and frisk" ...
|Oops. Lax gunpowder regulation traces back to you-know-who
After law enforcement mentioned that the Boston marathon bombs were likely constructed using gunpowder , ThinkProgress investigated the state of our regulation in regard to this explosive. And ...
|More NRA mythbusting: do guns prevent crime?
Careful where you point that! Earlier today, Mother Jones published a piece debunking the NRA mythology around guns and self-defense. Although gun enthusiasts ...
|Republican gun policy: a study in societal decline
Yesterday, ThinkProgress reported on the arming of schoolteachers in Missouri. They pointed out how the angst and woe over police response time, a problem Missouri is solving by turning their ...
|Shame is pride's cloak
It's curious to see the sudden flip in the right-wing narrative on stronger gun laws, now that one such law, weak compromise though it may be, has the prospect of improving our safety. Media Matters ...
|What it means to be American
Right Wing Watch documents the malignant nonsense of right wing extremists -- for example, the American Family Association’s Sandy Rios attacking the President for not being sufficiently loving of ...
|NRA caught defending straw purchasers
"Keep guns out of the hands of criminals" eh? The Hill reported yesterday on this, and since I haven't spotted it here yet, seems worth ...
|Surprise! NRA taskforce recommends their own products
I've joked before about the old line from Aliens , “We manufacture those, by the way.” Seems like it's time to recycle the line again. Media Matters investigated ...
|More NRA mythbusting: gun-free zones as a lure for mass shooters
Today, Mother Jones carried an article originally from the USA Today, busting one of the NRA's most popular myths and distractions from the debate over stricter gun laws. Confronted with more gun ...
|Retiring "gun control"
The latest news from the Center for American Progress regarding the debate over new gun laws, What the Public Really Thinks About Guns , put together three main points to consider: Newtown ...
|"The NRA let me down"
The latest issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association has again produced several articles about reforming our gun laws, and the different state and federal approaches to addressing ...
|Media Matters shows the NRA's hypocrisy on law enforcement
You mean I have to count these? Every year?! I know that this topic has come up before . But since the NRA continues to attack law enforcement of gun laws, while pretending to be on their side, ...
|Did you know? Some new federal gun laws were passed!
...unfortunately, as might be expected, they're the typical sneaky rider provisions tacked onto something more important, and of course they're provisions backed by the NRA. So, it doesn't ...
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|Criminals do not comply
I wish to complain about this parrot...
|A familiar argument from the NRA at CPAC
So just for example, there's a discussion about pending legislation on an assault weapons ban; legislation meant to ban weapons and high capacity magazines used in mass shootings and the like. And ...
|NRA fighting to keep domestic abusers armed and dangerous
Now, one of the things we have to do is keep firearms out of the hands of people who shouldn't have them. -- David Keene Last week, I wrote about the NRA taking the side of criminals and the ...
|The NRA is right at home at CPAC
Fond memories of 2012 Many tales of CPAC 2013 tell of the ...
|Defamation and distraction: why the NRA attacks the mentally ill
The Economist, I must admit, is not among my first choices for news and analysis in regard to gun violence. So, this article caught my eye today. And for good reason. The NRA's spokesmen have ...
|NRA defending felons from disarmament
Keeping guns out of the hands of criminals. It's one of those ideas that seems to have universal support, and why not? Even the NRA is on record supporting this idea. For example, the NRA ...
|On my unreasonable preoccupation with gun violence
A curious fascination? I have mentioned Tom Begnal's series of diaries, Another day in the (gun crazy) U.S.A. , before. They've been appearing on an almost daily basis since before xmas. I make a ...
|Tax and shoot liberals
That poor black rifle! Over the past few weeks I've mentioned a series of proposals, coming out of The Journal of the American ...
|Sandy Hook Ride on Washington: the ride begins! Rally with Team 26 in Newtown!
Team 26 is a group of 26 elite cyclists who will ride from Newtown, CT to Washington, DC beginning on March 9 and arriving on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol on March 12. Along the way, they ...
|I regret nothing
A few weeks ago, I wrote about an article from The Journal of the American Medical Association , in which doctors considered the ...
|Senators voting with the NRA over their own constituents
A man of the people? ...nah. As bipartisan negotiations over a universal background check bill have faltered in the Senate, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) chose this moment to ...
|NRA's support among gun advocates splintering over background checks
Fringe, it's not just a TV show. Today I am pleased to see that gun manufacturers, dealers, and gun rights groups are breaking with the NRA on ...
|You will know fear!
Another physical manifestation of terror The NRA seems to have recognized its weakness on universal background checks for buying guns, as their spokesmen made the rounds yesterday, trying to ...
|When gun control is outlawed...
¿Quien Es Mas Macho? There's an old saw about outlaws and guns, that I was reminded of as I surveyed the day's news. On average, though, guns rack up a body count of about 87 people a day. And as ...
|Responsible, law-abiding gun owners exercising their free speech rights
Because freedom! What can I say, it's the weekend and I feel like mercilessly mocking some gun enthusiasts for going Godwin, issuing threats, and hoping for the rape of children. The alternatives ...
|The NRA is just one part of a right wing campaign
No, this isn't shame -- though it should be ...
|NRA paints itself into a corner on background checks
Mark Kelly has a new op-ed on Politico , about the 'gun show' loophole and universal background checks. In it, he makes a fairly inflammatory remark about the NRA, that they're fighting the ...
|It's not going to happen
Most bills never even get this far. So, it's come to this: the new assault weapons ban will get a vote in the Senate. Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy has chosen -- wisely, I think -- to ...
|Acts of desperation: NRA pushing lies and conspiracy theories
In the Senate, the Judiciary Committee has released the bills they will consider in regard to gun violence prevention . As legislative proposals like universal background checks and a new assault ...
|More data on gun control policies even NRA members support
Although I find the fixation on the NRA irksome at times -- as if the NRA membership is the measure of what should and should not be law in this country concerning guns -- it is interesting to ...
|Denver rejects more guns in schools, and the school to prison pipeline
Colorado is not the first place I would think of, to find a progressive turn in policy like this. Considering the history of mass shootings there -- Aurora, and especially Columbine -- the state had ...
I refuse to act while people die. -- NRA I've heard of cat- and dog-shaming (not that cats have any identifiable sense of shame that I've observed). But the Vice ...
|NRA's fear factory lies to its flock
In Washington state, a new law is moving through the state legislature that would require background checking for private gun sales . The current law requires background checks at federally licensed ...
|The circle of death: or, hey, come steal my guns!
Concern is rampant amongst gun enthusiasts about registration, leading to confiscation (then extermination, if you believe Ann Coulter ). ...
|Applying public health successes to reduce gun violence
Yesterday, I wrote about an article in the latest issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association to show how the NRA has silenced various government agencies and scientists, suppressing ...
|How the NRA exalts the 2nd Amendment, and defiles the rest
Among the typical pro-gun arguments I see here on Daily Kos, and in the media, is that gun control advocates don't respect the entire Bill of Rights. By which they mean the 2nd Amendment is ...
|"We will buy more guns than ever."
Yesterday, the NRA's Wayne LaPierre took to the conservative, libertarian outfit The Daily Caller to rally his troops to fight back against the perceived threat of the Obama administration. Wayne ...
|NRA vs. background checks, even if it kills you
I'll try to keep this short and sweet as I've already been writing about the NRA today, but this latest piece from ThinkProgress is worth the read. It turns out that Missouri had a background check ...
|AZ lobbying shows NRA concern trolling on mental health
It's not often that I get to connect a story about the NRA directly to my home state of Arizona. But in the aftermath of the mass shooting in Tucson that claimed six lives and damaged over a dozen ...
|On Wayne LaPierre's lies, damned lies, and statistics
This morning, I read through Cognoscenti on WBUR about the NRA mouthpiece Wayne LaPierre's testimony before Congress in January, repeating his trusty old wisecrack about how we need to enforce ...
|Enforce existing laws, they said
... new gun laws won't work , they said. ...
|For the value of the NRA's endorsement, the worm turns
This will be short, and I'm surprised I couldn't find this here (maybe I missed it). If so, it's good news and perhaps worth repeating. But some news out of the Houston Chronicle shows polling ...
|Harry Reid, putting that filibuster to use against gun control
I realize, as I write this, that some definitional dodge awaits the argument that the assault weapons ban may be killed by a filibuster . Just as gun enthusiasts whinge about just what constitutes ...
|AZ Republicans propose new anti-science bill
The latest report grading and ranking educational policy and performance shows Arizona has climbed to 43rd place -- from 44th last year , out of 51 (the 50 states plus DC). Nothing to be proud of, ...
|Video is unrelated
I don't make a habit of posting stuff completely unrelated to politics here, but there are always exceptions. And I think this should be one, though it may risk opening up a new front in the war on ...
|Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows
...although this is not so strange, really. It seems the religious right has joined up with the NRA to wage war against gun control, bringing their hate speech and revisionist history to an ...
|Mythbusting the media on the 1994 assault weapons ban
Over the weekend, Media Matters reported on the revival of the notion that the assault weapons ban cost Democrats in 1994 and will do so again. This particular mythology has taken hold here as well. ...
|A little NPR fact checking
This morning, I had NPR on to listen to some news while getting ready for work. A particular mention of Harry Reid, however, made me stop to listen, and research. I suppose it highlights the ...
Anticipating President Obama's announcement regarding gun control today, it appears that three states have already seen new law filed or proposed to outlaw federal gun laws with penalties of jail ...
|Busting myths about the private gun sale, aka 'gun show' loophole
There's an article on Media Matters today concerning "Nine Media Myths About Proposals To Strengthen Gun Laws". The entire piece is worth reading, but just to pick one issue from it, I'm choosing ...
|On the ATF Director, or the conspicuous lack of same
The Melissa Harris-Perry show this morning tackled a variety of gun control issues, and in the process I was reminded of one in particular that hasn't come up lately -- to the point that people ...
|They will find a way
While the talk of guns and gun control has stubbornly managed to linger on, the persistence of injuries and fatalities by guns has had no such difficulty, as has been documented for a couple of ...
|The problem with hypocrisy
For some odd reason, hypocrisy is an ethical fault that I find particularly interesting, perhaps outrageous. I think that it was my study of the religion in which I'd been indoctrinated that led to ...
|AZ: Ken Bennett's passion for voter fraud turns up fifteen cases
As I listened to the news on the radio this morning, I think I heard (suppressed) laughter as Arizona Secretary of State told Senators that the state prosecuted a whopping, mind-boggling fifteen ...
|From hell's heart I stab at thee
Not that I harbor much pity for our governor here in Arizona, Jan Brewer. It's a bit sad, though, to observe as three of our eleven electors, including the state chair of her party, make one last ...
|The NRA's solution to gun violence is...
I realize that this will come as a surprise to no one, but still, it's interesting to watch them go ahead and make the case for continued profitability for gun manufacturers. I read on ThinkProgress ...
|Is Jan Brewer licensed to drive?
It's the question that came to my mind after reading about her latest shenanigans on ThinkProgress , where she is reported to have compared the undocumented to drunks and children. Brewer is ...
|War on Christmas escalates to terrorism!
Tip of the hat to the Friendly Atheist for introducing me to this ridiculous story. Leesburg, Virginia is the latest battleground in the war on xmas. As a supporter on the skeptics' side in this war,
|More ground being stood in Florida
...well, that is, until the shooter in question flees the scene, gets the score of carnage he inflicted later on the news, then turns himself in at a more convenient time. Oh, and they have a ...
|Pat Robertson, teaching the flock how to fake it
Among the many conservative political pundits whose blown predictions made them look foolish, I have particularly enjoyed those like Pat, who claim to have heard from their gods about such cosmic ...
|AZ CD-2 now being called for Democrat Ron Barber
Now this is good news to wake up to, although thanks to my fellow baja kossacks it comes as no surprise. Local news sources are calling the race for Ron Barber, as their analysis has determined that ...
Hat tip to Pharyngula for showing me this story of outrageous behavior created by the catholic church. I suppose it serves as a reminder that we dodged a bullet to some extent by defeating Mitt ...
|Predictable: AZ GOP now attacking some provisional ballots
The race to represent CD-2, my new district this year, has not been resolved thanks to a close race and a whole lot of as-yet uncounted ballots, many of them provisional. The state created this mess ...
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