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  •  No we-Tweet No Sawendah nt (1+ / 0-)
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    Gentle Giant

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

    by JML9999 on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 12:08:24 PM PST

  •  Ending direct election of Senators (8+ / 0-)

    One of the hobbyhorses of the Tea Party that has always puzzled me is their call for the repeal of the Amendment permitting popular election of US Senators.  Stepping out of the shower this morning I had an ephiphany on the issue.

    It occurs to me that because Democrats are concentrated in urban areas, even with fairly apportioned legislative districts, their would very likely be a pro-Republican bias in state legislatures.  Presuming that repeal of the 17th Amendment resulted in a return to the old system of election by legislature, this would bias the US Senate towards Republican control.  This is already an issue in the House because of the highly concentrated nature of Democratic voting.

    Has this occurred to others?

    Reporting from Tea Bagger occupied America

    by DrJohnB on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 12:09:45 PM PST

  •  It occurs to me that, (6+ / 0-)

    if someone is not cognizant that they have their gun with them, or for that matter, cognizant of where their gun is during every waking minute of their day, they should not possess a gun.

    Pretty simple. You want a gun? You better have the mental capacity to know where it is at any given moment or you can't have one.

    I bet the first time they're fined for bringing a gun on school property, they'll remember from then on where it is.

    I am the godfather of my friend's son, who is now an adult. When he was a child, father and son went to a mutual friend's house. They'd just come inside through the side door into the kitchen when son began to toddle off from the kitchen through the house, my friend followed after to see where he thought he was going.
    In the living room, a loaded revolver was on an end table by the sofa. Seeing it, my friend darted forward, scooped his son up, and said goodbye to the home owner, telling him, "When you've put your 'toys' away, let me know. Maybe we'll come back."

    My friend was and is a great father to his kids. I'm glad we never had to find out what would've happened had he not been on his son's heels that day.

    "Non-violence is a powerful and just weapon which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by Gentle Giant on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 12:17:54 PM PST

    •  Agree. Bringing a gun to a school "inadvertently" (5+ / 0-)

      is no better than inadvertently running a red light.  It's a sign of a person who has lost situational awareness and control of their gun.  Why are conservatives so intent on legislating gun irresponsibility?

      •  Because they really, really hate anyone putting (3+ / 0-)

        any limits on what they can do (never mind when they themselves want to limit others, like with religion, medicine, etc, etc).

        •  I enjoy target shooting. (1+ / 0-)
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          I never got into hunting, even though I grew up in a rural setting. My mother was an emergency room nurse. She dreaded hunting season.
          But I did learn to shoot. It's enjoyable.

          And it can be seductive. The power to stand here and destroy over there!

          For me, it was the discipline to stand still enough, hold the gun steady and, across certain distances, land the projectile within a small designated area. I get the same thrill from throwing darts.

          I'm a sensible person, not given to violence, but I'm no coward. Guns give cowards the power to not have to face a threat that can reach them, breathe on them, lock arms with them, smell their sweat. Guns give cowards the ability to not have to worry about being brave. UnLESS the threat is also so armed. (Cue the chickenhawk 2nd amendment obsessors.)
          This is why the argument "if he didn't have a gun, he would have used a knife/hammer/chain saw/pencil..." is a weak one. No. If he didn't have a gun, he would not have been able to wound or kill someone from 10 or more yards away. He would have risked having to grapple with his perceived threat, AND his own fears.

          If "stand your ground" meant rushing at another with a 30 pound disk of wood and hide on one arm and 25 pounds of sharp steel in the opposite hand, how many of our gun-loving brethren would so readily go for it?

          Stand Your Ground. I'll stand on mine over here, and remove the life from your body on your ground over there. It is a law for brutes and cowards. Custom made for those who look for a chance to use their guns for their real purpose.

          "Non-violence is a powerful and just weapon which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

          by Gentle Giant on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 01:11:23 PM PST

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          •  Weakly Cowards! (0+ / 0-)
            Guns give cowards the power to not have to face a threat that can reach them, breathe on them, lock arms with them, smell their sweat. Guns give cowards the ability to not have to worry about being brave.
            Because, of course, an elderly, small, sick, or disabled person is a coward for not having the physical strength to repel and stop a younger, larger, healthier, and able-bodied attacker (or even attackers - anyone who isn't a coward should be able to defend themselves against multiple attackers -- if Bruce Lee could do it in the movies, anyone can do it in real life) with her bare hands. Cowards like that deserve to die anyway. The biggest, meanest person should be able to take what they want, including life, from the physically smaller and weaker - that's a just society we should all embrace and strive for.
            •  How many of the incidents in the news have been (2+ / 0-)
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              Gentle Giant, Miggles

              the weak defeating the strong?  I'll grant you that the weak may need a defense from the strong, and guns may be more useful than tasers and mace, but these stand your ground laws have been more a license to kill than a means to defend ones self in far too many situations.  Perhaps I've only heard of ones where the people standing their ground are perfectly capable of other options than taking other peoples' lives but the gun gives them the power of life or death against the other and so that's the choice made.

            •  I didn't say (2+ / 0-)
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              ColoTim, Miggles

              an elderly, small, sick or disabled person is a coward, yadayadayada...
              I didn't say only cowards have guns. But every time the NRA sounds the alarm "They're gonna take your gunz!!!", sales go waay up. Funny how that works. Fear mongering sells firearms. Brave people aren't so affected by fear mongering. Many of those buying firearms as a reaction to NRA propaganda are fearful of a hazy, nonspecific threat. Trumped-up threat. Imaginary threat.

              Crime is down, especially violent crime. There just aren't that many younger, larger, healthier & able-bodied attackers out there. Odds are a firearm in the home will more likely kill or wound an innocent in an accident than an intruder. Far more likely.

              Land of the Free and Home of the Brave? Why are so many Americans afraid?
              Because fear sells. Not just guns, but insurance, alarm systems, security contracts, bottled water, duct tape, dandruff shampoo...

              Fear is the reason we have many times the gun incidents Canada has, even though they're one of very few countries that have more guns per capita than the U.S.

              "Non-violence is a powerful and just weapon which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

              by Gentle Giant on Tue Mar 04, 2014 at 07:31:18 AM PST

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    •  Devil's advocate (0+ / 0-)

      My parents were raised in W. Minnesota and when we would visit it was very common to see rifles on a rack in the back window of trucks. It wasn't really a macho thing as much of a critter thing. I still see the same thing when I drive through many rural parts of the US.

      I live in Detroit and we have a lot of Hasidic Jews who work in the precious stone industry and they carry weapons with them too.

      Personally I am very pro gun control. I think they should be registered with a licensing system similar to the DMV. I am against the ease at which people are able to get CCW permits and think they should be very, very limited to high need people.  

      But I also see nothing wrong with that farmer or Hasidic Jew picking up their kid(s) when they have their gun. How to keep it from the hands of the crazies, I can't answer.

      Like drug prohibition, the grey area is where things always get fuzzy.

      I would have done the same thing as the parent though. Same as if I came in and saw rat poison or other highly toxic chemicals in easy reach. If the parents are not behaving in a responsible way, leaving your kids there is knowingly putting them at risk.

      The legs of the crane have become short in the summer rain. Buson

      by Travelin Man on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 01:35:00 PM PST

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  •  The Putin apologists come in lots of flavors (1+ / 0-)
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    •  Ah. A pro-Putin congressman. (2+ / 0-)
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      That'll look nice in his next opponent's campaign ads.

      "Non-violence is a powerful and just weapon which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

      by Gentle Giant on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 12:22:59 PM PST

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    •  Precedents (0+ / 0-)

      I worried that our actions in Iraq and Afghanistan were setting precedents other countries would use for similar actions. And now, how can we claim the moral high ground?

      I've thought many times how our actions since the fall of the Soviet Union are very much like how we negatively portrayed them over the years.
      Names on hidden government lists that limit movement
      Detention with no trial in a prison with torture taking place on a regular basis.
      Government spying on every action.
      Using their military to control resources and prop up dictatorships.

      I'm sure others can think of many other examples that leave us with little moral leg to lean on.

      The legs of the crane have become short in the summer rain. Buson

      by Travelin Man on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 01:54:41 PM PST

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  •  WHAT is this THING in my HOUSE?? (5+ / 0-)

    Calling all cooks; while going through my cupboards to re-organize my cookware, I found this utensil, and have no idea what it's used for. I believe it's a blender attachment though - it's made of thick, heavy ceramic. I must have inherited it with my mom's cooking equipment, and have never seen anything like it. Does anyone recognize it, and can tell me what it's designed to do? Thanks.




    "When does the greed stop, we ask the other side? That's the question and that's the issue." - Senator Ted Kennedy

    by Fordmandalay on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 12:28:36 PM PST

  •  Oops, The Texas Miracle that Isn't (3+ / 0-)
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    There is a nicely done piece at the Washington Monthly on the phony claims of Rick Perry about the "Texas miracle."  It does some good breakdowns of some key statistics and is well written.

    It is well written enough that Krugman picked it up and expanded on some of the points based on economic data he applies.

    Good reading.  Don't miss it.  

    Moving a business to Texas also turns out to have tax consequences that are inconsistent with the conservative narrative of the Texas Miracle. Yes, some businesses manage to strike lucrative tax breaks in Texas. As part of an industrial policy that dares not speak its name, the state government, for example, maintains the Texas Enterprise Fund (known to some as a slush fund and to others as a “deal-closing” fund), which the governor uses to lure favored businesses with special subsidies and incentives.

    But most Texas businesses, especially small ones, don’t get such treatment. Instead, they face total effective tax rates that are, by bottom-line measures, greater than those in even the People’s Republic of California. For example, according to a joint study by the accounting firm Ernst & Young and the Council on State Taxation, in fiscal year 2012 state and local business taxes in California came to 4.5 percent of private-sector gross state product. This compares with a 4.8 percent average for all fifty states—and a rate of 5.2 percent in Texas. With the exception of New York, every major state in the country, including New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, has a lower total effective business tax rate than Texas. If you think that means Texas might not offer as much “liberty” as advertised, well, you’re right.

    I'm not liberal. I'm actually just anti-evil, OK? - Elon James White

    by Satya1 on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 12:29:37 PM PST

  •  Another nail in the ICE coffin. (1+ / 0-)
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    Mindful Nature

    I'm looking forward to the day when big cities won't allow tail pipes into the most congested areas.

  •  Understanding sulfer properly. (3+ / 0-)
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    ColoTim, Mindful Nature, A Siegel

    The EPA's new sulfur regs aren't so much about sulfer per se.

    Current regulations already reduce sulfur content by 90%.

    Reducing more sulfur is a good thing, but the real benefit is not so much sulfur emissions or even the other increased emissions that sulfur facilitiates. The real benefits come in the form of emission control technologies that can be used when you don't have to worry about them being fouled by sulfur.
    I understand that it's especially the case with diesel engines, and diesel has a bright future.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 12:37:01 PM PST

    •  that's pretty cool stuff I didn't know! (1+ / 0-)
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      I was also wondering how this will affect gas prices since my understanding is that sweet crude is rarer and rarer, meaning refiners will have to make low sulfur gasoline from  higher and higher sulfur grades of oil.

      Of course, as an electric car driver, my interest is purely academic...  ;)

      •  Gas prices may be the wrong way to look at it. (0+ / 0-)

        More accurately, the price per gallon may matter less than the  cost per mile.

        As I understand it, the broader range of emission control options may also result in more efficient vehicles.  In that case, you might pay more for a gallon but need less fuel to get where you're going. Depending on where the two come out, you could actually save money.

        LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

        by dinotrac on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 01:18:18 PM PST

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    •  More serious ... (1+ / 0-)
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      is while these regs are a good thing, the most critical is to address at sea high-sulfur fuels.

      research which showed that pollution from the world's 90,000 cargo ships leads to 60,000 deaths a year in the US alone and costs up to $330bn per year in health costs from lung and heart diseases. The US Environmental Protection Agency estimates the buffer zone, which could be in place by next year, will save more than 8,000 lives a year with new air quality standards cutting sulphur in fuel by 98%, particulate matter by 85% and nitrogen oxide emissions by 80%.
      Buffer zones were a great step forward ... but the reduction needs to be across the seas.

      Blogging regularly at Get Energy Smart NOW! for a sustainable energy future.

      by A Siegel on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 02:51:32 PM PST

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  •  school guns. (0+ / 0-)

    Yes, I hate that: when I inadvertently commit a felony.

  •  Going From NE OH Which Has Somewhat Stricter (2+ / 0-)
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    tailpipe regs than other areas, we've noticed being uncomfortable in traffic elsewhere, between smells and stingy eyes. Dunno how sulfur may factor into this but if it means much of the country meeting standards that some of the rest of us do, life in traffic will be noticeably better.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 12:39:50 PM PST

  •  Obviously (0+ / 0-)

    "absolutely non-negotiable," meaning "totally up for grabs," because he immediately said, "I didn't say that."

    As happens, I'm sure it will be explained: it was not intended to be a factual statement.

  •  Colorado caucuses tomorrow. Diary is (0+ / 0-)
  •  That story about the new EPA rule--dog bites man (0+ / 0-)

    Almost everything in the story is so completely predictable, it doesn't deserve to be called news.
    The EPA says it won't be expensive and will make a big important difference.  No surprise there.
    The oil companies say it will be expensive -- they estimate 9 cents a gallon, about 10 times the EPA estimate of less than one cent.  The oil companies say it's unnecessary and won't make any significant difference.  Absolutely no surprise there.
    All of that is from the exact same script as the news about every announcement of a new EPA rule for decades.  The only bit of news, other than the new rule, is that the auto manufacturers are on board for it.  

    I'll suggest a fly in the ointment.  Sulfur air pollution causes acid rain, smog, and lung disease, but it promotes more cloud cover and would blunt global warming.  The heavy sulfur pollution of the 1960's and 1970's coincided with a global cooling trend, and may have been causing it.

    We're all pretty strange one way or another; some of us just hide it better. "Normal" is a dryer setting.

    by david78209 on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 01:01:32 PM PST

  •  Mark Penn's new job at Microsoft (0+ / 0-)

    Yup, it gave me a headache and makes my stomach flip, but that is what it says at bloomberg news today:

    Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)’s newly appointed Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella, in an effort to reignite growth, is shuffling management and putting former political operative Mark Penn in the new role of chief strategy officer, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

    Nope, it isn't April 1 yet either.

    I'm not liberal. I'm actually just anti-evil, OK? - Elon James White

    by Satya1 on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 01:05:39 PM PST

  •  I'm not so concerned with the inadvertent carry as (0+ / 0-)

    I am with the "I was just sitting in the truck waiting on my kid and decided to clean my gu-BLAMMMM!!!!!" scenario.

    Religion: America's Largest Protected Class.

    by here4tehbeer on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 02:03:32 PM PST

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