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  • Looking at 2012 and polling: Do states have 'house effects'?, by Steve Singiser
  • The Second Amendment: Or, taking up arms against American troops, by Dante Atkins
  • It's about guns, by Laurence Lewis
  • Driving, drinking, shooting, by Mark Sumner
  • Ghosts of War, then and now: Artist pays homage to Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, by Susan Gardner

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  •  Please Rec This Diary (5+ / 0-)

    ... posted a few minutes ago by Bill McKibben - Amidst all the nonsense, a sudden and unexpected victory.

    Thanks.

  •  When is the next end of the world (3+ / 0-)

    supposed to happen?

    Any raptures coming up or anything?

  •  With all the focus on Boehner, I think (0+ / 0-)

    many havent noticed that ATR(Grover Norquist) seemed to be the only major group to back the Plan B tax hike that failed so badly.

  •  Found MSNBC's election night coverage online (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Phil S 33, phrogge prince, citizenx

    I'm really excited because I wasn't able to watch it on November 6. Here's part 1:

    "Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis." -Ralph Waldo Emerson "YEAAAAAAARGH!" -Howard Dean

    by AtomikNY on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 03:23:12 PM PST

  •  Bagged up the springerle I've been making to hand (0+ / 0-)

    out as Xmas packs.  Made traditional anise flavored, as well as some maple and a batch of peppermint.  Flavors all seem on the mild side, but I can't afford to keep testing as they age - I've already done nasty damage to my diet while baking this season as it is.

    Still getting the hang of making them, but maybe next year I'll add my own entry to the Kos Katalogue, and sell made to order batches if there's any interest.  They're selling for anywhere from $11-$16 a dozen at most commercial places I've seen, and I'm pretty sure I could beat that even with the cost of shipping, and still at least break even.

    Now if only I could find a woodcarver who wouldn't charge an arm and a leg to make me a couple of custom springerle molds.  I could get a DK flag guy one, and send a couple of batches to DK HQ for the holidays, and an Okiciyap logo one and send batches out to them next season, as well, heh.

  •  The NRA is calling for citizen volunteers (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    citizenx, All Outta Bubble Gum

    to man and defend our nation's schools, to reduce the costs of arming them. Who among us wouldn't feel that our children are safer defended by this guy:

    Photobucket

    Although, I'd feel safer with this little guy packing some serious heat:

    Photobucket

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 03:53:46 PM PST

    •  Debunking the Gun Nuts Who Are Running the NRA: (0+ / 0-)

      "Violent movies and videogames are to blame!"

      Canada, Europe and Japan have violent movies and videogames. But nowhere near the shootings that we have. What they don’t have is semiautomatic weapons in the hands of their citizens.

      "But... the Second Amendment!"

      The second amendment says this:
       "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed"

      If the founding fathers wanted no limits on guns, why did they include "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state" in the amendment?

      They could have simply had the amendment state: "The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

      But they didn't. Because regulation, and that these guns are being used for a militia (i.e. the military), are key to this amendment.
      The purpose of citizens bearing muskets was to form a well regulated militia to act as security for the state because we (wisely) had no standing armies at the time.
      That's no longer the case.

      Furthermore, the founding fathers never envisioned automatic and semiautomatic weapons. They shouldn't be available for private ownership any more than Tomahawk missiles should.

      "But I need my guns to overthrow the tyrannical federal government!"

      If the purpose of gun ownership is to outshoot the US government, I'm afraid you're going to need fighter jets, stealth bombers, aircraft carriers, and nuclear submarines.
       This excuse doesn’t make any sense.

      "I'll never be safe without my guns!"

      Studies prove that gun owners, and their loved ones, are more likely to be shot by their guns than are criminals. Just ask gun owner, Nancy Lanza.

      "Liberals are always trying to take away our guns!"

      “Liberals” like gun control advocates Ronald Reagan and Rupert Murdoch?

      Or maybe “liberals” like Jesus Christ, who said: "Put your sword back in its place! Everyone who uses a sword will be killed by a sword?"

      "School shootings happen because God has been taken out of our schools, starting in the 1970’s!"

      The supposed erosion of "American" values has nothing to do with this.
       Otherwise all the “godless, socialist, un-American” countries around the world would have more shootings than we have. But they don't.

      What's really happened since the 1970's is the rise of the NRA as a political power in the Republican Party. The result is more guns, and more semiautomatic guns, are out there than ever before.

      Also, the Republicans have been systematically cutting the social safety net that would have helped the mentally ill.

      In short, too many guns, and less assistance for mental illness. The tragic result should come as no surprise.

      "It won't make a difference if we take guns away! Evil will still find a way!

      Gun owners commit suicide at a higher rate than do normal people. Why is this if guns don't matter and people will find a way no matter what?

      If we could only pass laws that are 100% enforceable, then murder wouldn't be a crime.

      "If you outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns!"

      Um, not only outlaws. Law enforcement will have guns too.

      This excuse is like saying, "If we outlaw murder, only outlaws will be murderers!"
      …So?

      "We need armed guards at every school in America!"

      Columbine had two armed guards present when the massacre happened.
      There were plenty of armed men at Fort Hood when that shooting happened.

      "The NRA is unstoppable! It's hopeless to oppose them!"

      If we want it bad enough, it will happen.
      A semiautomatic weapon ban is achievable.

      If the NRA was so damned powerful, how did Obama get re-elected? How did all those Congressmen the NRA were backing in 2012 end up losing?

      Look, the NRA is just a lobbying group for gun manufacturers who would make less profit if semiautomatic weapons were banned.

      Karl Rove, the Koch Brothers and the Super PACs got beat.
       The NRA can be beat.

      If 20 dead children isn’t enough to make it happen, what the hell is?

      Armed and Dangerous: a blog about gun violence

      Condemned To Repeat It blog

  •  For those who may have missed it (0+ / 0-)

    I shamelessly offer this Diary which explores who a retiring Republican Congressman blames for his party's inability to do anything worthwhile.

  •  is Sandy Hook a tipping point and would we know it (0+ / 0-)
    Sandy Hook should, and must, be a tipping point for real action to bring this number down.

    yksitoista ulotteinen presidentin shakki. / tappaa kaikki natsit "Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) 政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

    by annieli on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 04:24:38 PM PST

  •  No D.O.V. for Sunday?!!! (0+ / 0-)

    Did I miss a memo?

    whaaaaaaaaaaa!!!  I'm unhappy!!!

    :(

    "The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed." ~ Steven Biko

    by Marjmar on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 08:51:44 PM PST

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