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  • Alaska may be the next state to enact a "stand your ground" law—along with a bonus:
    A House panel has advanced what's known as a "stand your ground" bill.
    HB24 would expand people's right to use deadly force as a means of self-defense ... That bill, by House Speaker Mike Chenault, would make it a felony for a federal official or agent to try to enforce any new restrictions on gun ownership.

    Chenault initially proposed making it a misdemeanor, but the latest version of his bill strengthens that penalty.

  • Oops:
    Fox News, in their infinite journalistic wisdom, (and apparently by accident,) used a same-sex couple’s wedding photo to illustrate an anti-equality anti-feminism op-ed by a conservative author. This is a story that you really need to follow closely to grasp its full karmic, delicious beauty.
  • This won't end well:
    Steven Seagal: gift that keeps on giving.
    Seagal, a burly martial arts expert turned actor, guided 48 volunteers through various aspects of responding to a shooting, including room-to-room searches, and critiqued their work.

    “I am here to try to teach the posse firearms and martial arts to try to help them learn how to respond quicker and help protect our children,” Seagal said.

    Does actor Steven Seagal have any real tactical training, you might wonder? Well, he is trained in aikido, and we’re not experts or anything, but aikido seems to have limited applicability when it comes to taking down an armed, active shooter who may or may not have hollow-point bullets and a military-style assault weapon. And he has been a deputy sheriff on a reality TV show, but there is no mention of any rigorous training program for deputy sheriffs or for playing on one on reality TV. But we are just bloggers, tapping away at our computers from the comfort of our mother’s basements, so what do we know?
  • Comedy:
    A couple of Ron Paul’s supporters used their God-given autonomy and the free market to boldly register ronpaul.com a few years ago. Now, Ron wants it back. The domain owners have made him a fair offer — they’ll give him ronpaul.org, but if he wants ronpaul.com, that’ll be $250K (or 145 Kruggerrands, or 8,234,888,422 Ameros).

    In response, Paul filed a complaint to with the WIPO, the organization that deals with domain name disputes, or as ronpaul.com’s authors call it, a UN Tribunal.

  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin noted that Republicans still haven't wrapped their heads around losing the election. That gave us a chance for a little explainer on what remains of the Senate hold, and the attempt to block Hagel & Brennan. And just for fun, did the blizzard have 2016 implications? Then, #GunFAIL and a nod to the New York Times & NBC news for stepping up their coverage. Armando reminded us today's the 7th anniversary of Harry Whittington unconscionably putting his face in the way of Dick Cheney's shotgun. Breaking news of the shooting in Delaware broke into the discussion as well.

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  •  Gabrielle Giffords' organization, (9+ / 0-)

    Americans for Responsible solutions, has released their first TeeVee spot.

    The free market is not the solution, the free market is the problem.

    by Azazello on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 12:02:23 PM PST

  •  "Forward On Climate" Blogathon: Feb. 11th-15th (8+ / 0-)

    Remember to recommend the below diaries and also to make lots of comments.  More details and guest bios in this diary.

    We'd like to hear from you.  Thank you.

    "Forward On Climate" Blogathon: February 11 - February 15, 2013
    Diary Schedule - All Times Pacific



    IT IS TIME TO TAKE A STAND

    Please join tens of thousands of Americans on the National Mall in Washington, DC on Feb. 17 from 12:00 pm-4:00 pm to urge President Barack Obama to take immediate action on Climate Change.  

    President Obama has now listed Climate Change as an important part of his second term agenda. Legislative proposals and debate will occur in Congress.  President Obama can take executive action to move Forward on Climate now; he can reject the toxic Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.  A recent study in Canada has linked tar sands with cancer, something First Nations groups have reported for years - with the result being increased cancer rates, deformed wildlife, and a variety of other negative impacts.  President Obama can also direct the Environmental Protection Agency to set carbon standards for power plants.

    Let your voice be heard.

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  •  Yes and the Department of Energy will be having (7+ / 0-)

    Richard Dean Anderson give a demonstration on how to disarm a nuclear warhead with a box of paperclips.

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 12:03:16 PM PST

  •  The ought to revoke Seagal's blackbelt (4+ / 0-)
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    CityLightsLover, tb mare, JeffW, seefleur

    Aikido gives great attention to being peaceable and not harming one's opponent.  It's a purely defensive art.

    Seagal clearly isn't that.

    Hay hombres que luchan un dia, y son buenos Hay otros que luchan un año, y son mejores Hay quienes luchan muchos años, y son muy buenos. Pero hay los que luchan toda la vida. Esos son los imprescendibles.

    by Mindful Nature on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 12:05:36 PM PST

    •  He's Sure OFFENSIVE, Though. nt (1+ / 0-)
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      JeffW

      "HERPES was more popular than Dick Cheney when he left office!" Rachel Maddow 5/23/12

      by CityLightsLover on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 12:08:53 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  They've been saying that for a long time... (1+ / 0-)
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      Mindful Nature

      BTW, I took a class once with an Aikido instructor who had trained with the IDF. Very interesting ways of making offensive feints, taking the defensive reactions and turning them into "offensive" openings for Aikido moves - in case your opponent decides to wait you out, of course.

      Aikido is probably one of the better arts for learning the skill of disarming an opponent, guns included if you're in range - but it won't turn you in to a Sinanju master able to dodge bullets.

      Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. - William Pitt

      by Phoenix Rising on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 12:39:25 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  You Are forgetting Something (0+ / 0-)

        A gun spits out these things called bullets and it can go off at any time, quite often accidentally. I know many ways to get someone into a lock or deliver a stunning blow. However I would not want to do any of it if someone is holding a gun because it could go off at any second, maybe even as a result of being dropped due to my attack and I still might end up dead. Getting a gun from someone is always going to be a high risk option no matter how good you think you are and it is not a smart move unless you only other option is to get shot anyways.

    •  Speaking of actors who should just keep quiet.. (1+ / 0-)
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      sow hat

      Sylvester Stallone recently came out in favor of gun control laws to curb gun violence.  His new movie title?  "Bullet to the Head"

      •  Sounds pretty good to me (0+ / 0-)

        At least he's clear that he thinks that guns, not movies, are the problem here.  There's a certain consistency of a sort there.

        Hay hombres que luchan un dia, y son buenos Hay otros que luchan un año, y son mejores Hay quienes luchan muchos años, y son muy buenos. Pero hay los que luchan toda la vida. Esos son los imprescendibles.

        by Mindful Nature on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 01:37:28 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  I've had Martial Arts Training on taking on a gun (0+ / 0-)

      I spent a number of years studying several different styles of Martial Arts and I clearly recall the training I received by a very  high ranking Black Belt in multiple styles. He demonstrated to us how to fall to your knees and beg for your life.

      Anyone who is actually trained in hand to hand fighting techniques understands how incredible dangerous it is to go up against a gun. A knife, I can deal with, but a gun, no.  You have to be very close to the person holding the gun but not so close that the gun is pressed into you,  very fast and most importantly very, very, very lucky. I would never attempt to disarm someone with a gun unless I felt that I was going to die if I didn't so I had nothing left to loose.

      By the way, Aikido while deceptively gentle when practiced in a peaceful setting has techniques that are absolutely brutal to the human body. I recall one  Sensi I studied under telling us he would much rather be attacked by a Karate expert then a Aikido expert because Karate focus on delivering body blows and mostly you just end up with a few broken bones, but Aikido can tear you tendons and ligaments inflicting damage that is difficult to recover from.

  •  Wow. Late night comedians be afraid (2+ / 0-)
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    Be very afraid. Joe Biden will be retiring in 4 years. And he can deliver zingers. Just saying...

    What's wrong with America? I'll tell you. Everything Romney said was pre-chewed wads of cud from Republicans from the last 30 years and yet he managed thru a combination of racism and selling the (false) hope of riches to get 47% of the national vote.

    by ontheleftcoast on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 12:05:51 PM PST

  •  GOP kill Hagel Walkout idea (5+ / 0-)
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    DRo, tb mare, Brian82, JeffW, Over the Edge

    http://thinkprogress.org/...

    Republicans Ditch Plan To Walk Out On Hagel Vote

    Earlier reports that Republicans were planning on walking out on tomorrow’s confirmation vote on Chuck Hagel to become Secretary of Defense have proven to be a bust, according to information relayed to ThinkProgress.

    On Sunday, Politico sourced “GOP aides” in reporting that some Republican members of the Senate Armed Services committee were “considering the possibility of walking out” during the procedure, rather than casting a vote. This morning, Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) set the confirmation vote for Hagel at 2:30 PM Tuesday. Soon thereafter, The Hill reported that neither Ranking Member Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) nor Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) had plans to join any walk-out.

    Further questioning revealed no stomach for the GOP to walk out after all. Staffers reached in the office of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) hadn’t heard of the bid to walkout and were unable to confirm whether the Senator backed the proposal. However, a staffer in the office of Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) — by no means a supporter of Hagel’s nomination bid — confirmed to ThinkProgress that there are no longer any Republicans who plan on walking out during tomorrow’s meeting.

    The swift backtracking by the GOP highlights an unfortunate tendency of the media to eagerly report on whatever shifting reason that Hagel opponents cite as being true. Dave Weigel at Slate on Friday pointed out the widespread use of anonymous GOP staffers as the sourcing for their reports, refusing to even name an office connected with the informant, as a method to promote attacks on Hagel. The result is a sounding board in the media for an ever-widening array of charges against Hagel that Republicans hope to make stick.

    Update

    The full text of McCain’s statement has been released:

        With this in mind, I have examined the information and responses to Members’ questions that Senator Hagel has provided to the Committee, and I believe that he has fulfilled the rigorous requirements that the Committee demands of every Presidential nominee to be Secretary of Defense.

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 12:07:06 PM PST

  •  Ya' Wanna be an Indianapolis Kossack? (1+ / 0-)
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    JeffW

    Well, come on over & let me know 'cause I'll be your 'fearless leader'!

    "HERPES was more popular than Dick Cheney when he left office!" Rachel Maddow 5/23/12

    by CityLightsLover on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 12:08:07 PM PST

  •  I wrote a song about it (6+ / 0-)
    today's the 7th anniversary of Harry Whittington unconscionably putting his face in the way of Dick Cheney's shotgun.
    To the tune of Folsom Prison

    When I was just a baby
    My Momma told me "Son,
    always be a good boy
    never play with guns."

    I shot a man in Texas
    I though he was a quail;
    but I've got the connexus
    to keep me out of jail.

    There's no such thing as a free market!

    by Albanius on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 12:08:13 PM PST

    •  Cheney's Got a Gun... (1+ / 0-)
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      Over the Edge

      What's wrong with America? I'll tell you. Everything Romney said was pre-chewed wads of cud from Republicans from the last 30 years and yet he managed thru a combination of racism and selling the (false) hope of riches to get 47% of the national vote.

      by ontheleftcoast on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 12:19:44 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Osama Bin Laden Shooter faces unemployment (2+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, Over the Edge

    "It strikes me as gruesome and comical that in our culture we have an expectation that a man can always solve his problems" - Kurt Vonnegut

    by jazzence on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 12:09:28 PM PST

  •  Conservative actors like Reagan and Seagal (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    JeffW, sow hat

    seem to have trouble distinguishing between dramatic roles and reality.

  •  Is de-vatican near de-nile? (3+ / 0-)
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    ontheleftcoast, DRo, tb mare

    Me: So, the Pope quit.
    Catholic Co-Worker: Yea, everyone acts like it's a big frigging deal - there's no scandal or anything. The Church is growing bigger and stronger - Popes resign sometimes, it happens.

    I'm pretty tired of being told what I care about.

    by hulibow on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 12:11:57 PM PST

  •  Euthanizing gay dogs for Jesus (2+ / 0-)
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    DRo, hulibow

    I'm still stunned from Hunter's diary Euthanizing gay dogs for Jesus, and I'm not even a dog owner. My grandparents had to put their beloved pug to sleep, and they treated their doc very differently than in that story.

    Donohue thinks that not being killed for being gay is an advantage that gay dogs get over straight dogs.

    Snipping my further reply relating this to the contraception mandate kerfuffle and about the fundie need to control and impose on other people. As a recovering catholic, I'm a little emotionally jumpy today over the pope's resignation.

  •  If you are afraid of spiders (0+ / 0-)

    dont read this story from the Washington Post.

  •  How much does a hip replacement cost?? Depends (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Over the Edge

    if you want to elevate your blood pressure, read this article from the NYT:

    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/...

    Oregon: Sure...it's cold. But it's a damp cold.

    by Keith930 on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 12:57:34 PM PST

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