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.
"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."
"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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
@cnet has it wrong. Sen.Leahy does NOT support an #ECPA exception to search warrant requirement 4 civil enforcement or agncies like FTC, SEC
"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."
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 www.866OurVote.org 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.
Back in the 90s, I worked for a major accounting firm, managing a group of consultants. The NRA was an audit client, and they asked us for some IT help. I sent one of my staff (an NRA member) to do ...