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I bear witness before whatever gods there may or may not be, you just can't make this stuff up.

For the uninitiated, "DGU" stands for "defensive gun use." And to me, this is the best kind, and also the kind that doesn't tend to show up in the counts of same by the anti-gun folks: the kind where nobody gets shot.

At least, no one got shot with a FIREARM in this one.

More below the orange crack brillo.


Soon to be a major motion picture?

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(crossposted from Green Mountain Daily)

As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before Congress about the Benghazi, Libya embassy attack, after recovering from a concussion that the New York Post derided as a "head fake", and former congressman Allen West (I like the sound of that "former") called the "Benghazi flu" (where are the apologies? Bueller? Bueller? Crickets...) Senator Leahy has released a statement on Congressional Republicans cutting embassy security funds that were approved by the Senate.

"In time when a terrorist attack in Algeria has led to security alerts for U.S. facilities abroad, House Republicans once again blithely torpedoed embassy security funds approved by the Senate."

"I know from personal experience that there are many thoughtful Republicans in positions of responsibility in the House who want to do the right thing.  Yet a small but apparently dominant obstructionist cadre within the Republican ranks seemingly is willing to push the bounds of irresponsibility to ever greater heights."

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"That little ball of fluff you own is a natural born killer."

So says a guy named Gareth Morris, who has established a website called Cats To Go.

Under a picture of a kitten with red devil's horns, the website asserts "cats are the only true sadists of the animal world" and that they "torture their victims slowly and without mercy".
It goes on: "Every year, hundreds of millions of birds are murdered by cats."
More below the orange crack brillo.

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NOTE: This seems to be of questionable veracity. Acknowledged. But we'll leave it up so discussion of the basic issue can continue.
Just found this on Huffington Post:
Nancy Lanza, the mother of the Sandy Hook shooter, was in the process of having her son committed to a psychiatric facility when he went on the mass shooting spree, a lifelong family acquaintance told Fox News.

A senior law enforcement official also confirmed that 20-year-old Lanza's anger over his mother's plan is being investigated as a possible motive for the Newtown shooting.

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That would be Illinois, of course.
The ONLY state in the country that is "no-issue": open or concealed, you just don't get to carry a gun at all unless you're a cop.
Or a criminal, of course.
But that, Gentle Reader, is about to change.
Follow me below the orange bore brush.

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Richard Myers and the Flush Rush folks are doing some good work. I support and commend it.

I would, however, like to see some adjustment to his rhetoric.

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I'll keep this short.

As Chrislove diaried recently:

On Thursday, 23-year-old Mallory Owens of Mobile County, Alabama, went to her girlfriend's house for Thanksgiving dinner. She ended up at USA Medical Center, having been beaten so badly that her nose was broken, her cheek was crushed, and she may require plastic surgery on her face. The attack came at the hands of her girlfriend's 18-year-old brother, Travis Hawkins, Jr., who punched Owens repeatedly in the face, causing her to be unrecognizable.
And is facing charges of second degree assault, after previously attacking the same woman,  striking her in the head with a wrench. He posted bail that same afternoon and walked out of jail.
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Important to set the record straight.

You just know people answering phones in Senator Leahy's offices had a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day yesterday. From The Hill:

A Judiciary Committee aide denied on Tuesday that Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) supports legislation that would allow government agencies to read emails, Facebook messages and other forms of electronic communication without a warrant.

And thanks to Leahy staffer David Carle for stopping by Green Mountain Daily.


(crossposted from Green Mountain Daily)

W-w-where has we heard this before?

"Now, by the way, any time you hear the United States government talking about wiretap, it requires -- a wiretap requires a court order. Nothing has changed, by the way."
Well, they're not talking about wiretap this time - but this comes closer than my comfort zone allows. By a fair piece.
CNET has learned that Patrick Leahy, the influential Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary committee, has dramatically reshaped his legislation in response to law enforcement concerns. A vote on his bill, which now authorizes warrantless access to Americans' e-mail, is scheduled for next week.
Leahy's rewritten bill would allow more than 22 agencies -- including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Communications Commission -- to access Americans' e-mail, Google Docs files, Facebook wall posts, and Twitter direct messages without a search warrant. It also would give the FBI and Homeland Security more authority, in some circumstances, to gain full access to Internet accounts without notifying either the owner or a judge.
Maybe I'm just being difficult, but it would seem to me the LAST thing we would EVER want to do is in any way soften the Fourth Amendment "in response to law enforcement concerns."
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Note: At the suggestion of another kossack, I'm reposting Steven D's diary, which got knocked off the reclist too soon. Somehow, I doubt he'll mind.....:)

There is a simple online tool created by The League of Women Voters to locate your polling place anywhere in the United States at the following website:

My Address/

If you don't know where you're polling place is located, for whatever reason, or you just want to be sure, and you have access to the internet by mobile phone, tablet, laptop or your own or public (i.e., library) computer, you can just type in your address and get your polling place information as well as directions.  You can also verify your registration status, or if you live in a state with same day registration and voting find out what you need to do if you are not registered.  Simply enter your address, which will take you to the screen where your polling place is listed along with links to a map and directions if needed.

Then scroll down to "Verify Registration Status" box and click on the link to "your state's voter verification tool"  link or click on "your local board of elections" link.  

In addition, if you are taking someone to the polls, this is a good way to make certain you are taking them to the right location to vote, and also to discover if they have any issues with their registration status.

The website also lists the Election Protection toll free numbers:

 1-866-OUR-VOTE ( 866-687-8683)

 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (en Español)

 1-866-MYVOTE1 ( 866-698-6831)

Call these numbers if you have any trouble at the polls or witness voter suppression efforts, such as challenging people to produce identification when none is needed or otherwise trying to prevent a registered voter from voting.

For a list of your state's requirements to vote go to this website run by Election Protection at and click on your state to find state specific information on what you need to ensure you can vote or just call the  1-866-Our Vote or  1-866-VE-Y-VOTA (en Español) for more detailed answers.

Good Luck, and Good Voting.


If these people take the wheelhouse, we are well and truly fucked.


Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 07:46 AM PDT

I have a great idea.

by kestrel9000

Everybody who got letter scam spam in their kosmail this morning......go below the tanglefoot.....



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