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So apparently cops need to shoot MORE people...
New Richmond Police officer Jesse Kidder, in confronting a double murder suspect, used restraint when the suspect attempted "suicide by cop". Gun nuts are now PO'd that the officer didn't blow the ...
Witgren 04/22/2015 12 9 - -
Another police shooting? Not this time.
In what is suspected to be an attempted "suicide by cop", a police officer exercises restraint. See more below the fold.
Witgren 04/20/2015 10 8 - -
The GOP Knives are coming out for Scott Walker
Some of you may have heard that Liz Mair, a messaging expert who had just joined the Walker Campaign, almost immediately resigned (as in, her tenure could pretty much be counted in hours) over ...
Witgren 03/20/2015 124 190 2 -
Anti-Vax? Anti-Logic.
Yeah, it's another anti-anti-vax diary. But I have a problem with people that are impervious to logic and common sense and the vast preponderance of medical, scientific, and historical evidence. ...
Witgren 02/08/2015 22 15 - -
Less gas for the 2016 GOP Clown Car
Well, the GOP Powers-That-Be have decided that there was just too much GOP crazy on display during the last round of primaries, so they've decided to cut back. I mean, if you stick cameras in front ...
Witgren 01/16/2015 19 8 - -
Murder Charges for Albuquerque Police Officers
Two police officers have been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a homeless man Officers face ...
Witgren 01/13/2015 11 6 - -
Researchers top 40% efficiency with solar panels!
Australia's solar researchers have converted over 40 percent of the sunlight hitting a solar system into electricity, the highest efficiency ever reported. A key part of the prototype's design is ...
Witgren 12/07/2014 31 24 - -
Frank Serpico Speaks
Frank Serpico has penned some thoughts for the New York Daily News. Very much worth a read. Check out the link and an excerpt below the fold.
Witgren 12/05/2014 146 278 5 -
So shines a good deed in a weary world...
I'm just going to drop this here without further comment, except to say that in the coming days we need to remember that there are good police officers out there...and the good ones deserve the ...
Witgren 12/04/2014 14 11 - -
Yeah, but now they need to govern...
Last night the GOP took over the Senate, as you all well know... But now that they have two houses of Congress plus the majority of the Supreme Court, they bloody well have to actually govern. No ...
Witgren 11/05/2014 4 1 - -
If the Republicans take the Senate
What will it really mean? It's a genuine question. Throw your thoughts down in the comments and let me know. I've got a few thoughts of my own under the cheese doodle.
Witgren 11/03/2014 15 1 - -
Need another incident to P*ss you off?
Submitted for your consideration without further comment: Trooper shoots a man as he reaches for his wallet
Witgren 09/26/2014 9 4 - -
So what IS an SA-11?
I decided with some of the confusion going on about what happened to the Malaysian flight yesterday over Ukraine to try to settle some questions about the system that was most likely used to bring ...
Witgren 07/18/2014 25 19 - -
Ryden Battery - Power Storage Game-changer?
There is a press release out from Power Japan Plus (about a week ago) touting their new dual carbon Ryden battery. If even part of the hype they've put into the release is true, this could be a ...
Witgren 05/21/2014 16 19 1 -
GOP Robocall Firm Fined for violations
Laws? We don't need no stinkin' laws! A robocall firm that was warned last year about the illegality of robocalling private cell phones has been slapped with a fine for continuing to do just that:
Witgren 05/08/2014 4 9 - -
Iowa's Voter Fraud Fiasco
The State of Iowa has voter fraud! OMG! Follow me below the orange VEISHA riot to learn more...
Witgren 04/11/2014 6 18 1 -
The GOP's Magical Uninsured Numbers
Since Monday I've been waging a war on misinformation in some of the comments sections of some of the ACA news stories about the ACA breaking 7 million enrollments by midnight Monday. One thing I'...
Witgren 04/04/2014 14 9 - -
ACASIGNUPS.NET Prediction: 7 Million could be signed up by midnight today.
Brainwrap continues to fight the good fight by posting the most current ACA signup data available, and as he's been way too busy to post updates here with all the updates and news roaring in during ...
Witgren 03/31/2014 8 11 - -
Iowans Don't Much Care for Christie
This is about a week old, but still worth noting: In a Des Moines Register Poll, Iowans polled at 57% disapproving of Christie's handling of the GWB scandal. But the real kick in the groin to ...
Witgren 03/18/2014 7 7 - -
Some quick Iowa ACA news stories
Not much time to put this out there, so I'll be quick -- New office for health insurance enrollment opens in Davenport Linn County successful in Medicaid expansion I'm not sure if Brainwrap can ...
Witgren 02/05/2014 1 2 - -
The rest of the (ACA) story...(with link update)
I don't have time to turn this into a real diary right now, but wanted to put this out there for folks to check out. Maybe a more industrious or available diarists can put digital ink to screen to ...
Witgren 01/03/2014 2 2 - -
Translating Pope Francis
I posted a link in a brief diary earlier this week to a blog by a Catholic Priest that in turn linked to an article about journalist Eugenio Scalferi's article in early October being a paraphrase of ...
Witgren 11/30/2013 11 3 - -
Misquoting Pope Francis?
I came across this online the other day and wondered what the good folks on DKos might have to say about it, or had any further knowledge of the truth of this. I Put My Words in Pope Francis' ...
Witgren 11/26/2013 19 1 - -
A Response From Senator Grassley
During the government shutdown, I emailed Senator Chuck Grassley, telling him in no uncertain terms that I wanted an end to the government shutdown, increase in the debt ceiling, and an end to all ...
Witgren 11/01/2013 5 1 - -
The Start of Something?
After today, one big question will be hanging over the country -- "What next?"
Witgren 10/16/2013 4 - - -
Steve King facing a primary challenge?
Just a short diary here, but it appears there is more proof that the not-totally-insane wing of the Republican Party has had enough of the totally-batshit-insane wing of the party. The evidence? ...
Witgren 10/11/2013 13 8 - -
A Rant on the ACA and Budget Showdown
This started as a Facebook rant precipitated by several Friends posting things today that got me a bit steaming. I wrote this out, then had second thoughts about posting it to FB. So I'm dropping ...
Witgren 10/04/2013 3 9 - -
Update: IA State Senator Sorenson (R) Resigns
Kent Sorenson, a Republican first elected to the Iowa House of Representatives in 2008 and then to the Iowa Senate in 2010, has resigned in response to a report resulting from an ethics ...
Witgren 10/02/2013 10 18 - -
More Republican-on-Republican Violence
The tension between factions of Iowa Republicans is reaching a boiling point. The split is between the more libertarian-leaning branch (including many Ron Paul supporters) and the more traditional ...
Witgren 09/26/2013 2 6 - -
I'm shocked, I say!
Gee, it appears that, surprise of surprises, countries other than the U.S. actually spy on other countries... Ecuador: Spy microphone recorded secret conversations inside London embassy Will ...
Witgren 07/04/2013 4 - - -
Southern Baptists Abandoning Boy Scouts
An article on this morning titled Baptists Plan Exodus from Boy Scouts notes that the Southern Baptists intend to start encouraging their flocks to withdraw from the Boy Scouts in protest to ...
Witgren 06/03/2013 35 15 - -
The Disconnect
The wife and I went to indulge in some frozen yogurt the other night, and a group of about a half dozen senior citizens were gathered around one of the tables. Overhearing their conversation ...
Witgren 05/01/2013 3 5 - -
Is the Gold Bubble Finally Popping?
I notice a headline that panic-selling has caused gold to lose almost 10 percent of it's value in two days of selling. Given that it's been inflating for years, egged on partly by Glenn Beck and ...
Witgren 04/15/2013 9 6 - -
And they want guns in schools?
A lot of people commented about accidental shootings at gun shows last week. Well, here's another one to add to the list: Update: Man accidentally shoots himself at Des Moines gun show An Iowa ...
Witgren 01/27/2013 28 22 1 -
An Explanation from Papa John's
I'll keep this short, but for what it's worth the owner of Papa John's pizza has written a clarification of his statements regarding Obamacare. The Real Scoop on Papa John's and Obamacare I will ...
Witgren 11/20/2012 41 12 - -
The delegitimizing of the President has begun
I wonder if someone can help explain this, or provide the real facts? This seems to be how some on the Right intend to justify delegitimizing Obama's presidency -- by claiming it was an election ...
Witgren 11/12/2012 37 1 - -
Nate Silver now has Obama at 80.8%!
I'll keep this short, but I just checked out Nate's FiveThirty-Eight blog and he currently has an Obama win at 80.8%! Also, while Nate still has Florida leaning to Romney, the probability of Romney ...
Witgren 11/01/2012 9 2 - -
So let me get this straight...
Romney: 1. Wants to de-fund Big Bird and Jim Lehrer, 2. Likes to fire people, 3. Thinks corporations are people, 4. Puts women in binders, 5. Thinks undocumented people should just self-deport,
Witgren 10/17/2012 4 10 - -
Idiot Media & Punditry
Personally, I can't for the life of me figure out why the media is falling all over themselves to portray last night as a clear-cut over-the-top Romney win. I watched the debates, and at best ...
Witgren 10/04/2012 6 2 - 49
The Unemployment numbers
I saw in the paper today that unemployment in the Eurozone just hit a record 11.4%. Many of these are countries that have employed the austerity measures the Right keeps salivating over (which ...
Witgren 10/02/2012 4 - - 61
Got my mail-in ballot today.
Voted for Obama/Biden and voted to keep Justice Wiggins in his seat, among other things. Wiggins is one of the state Supreme Court Justices here in Iowa that was on the court when it passed down ...
Witgren 09/27/2012 4 2 - 29
A Little Nervousness
Obama seems to be pulling further away from Romney in the latest polls, with just weeks until the election, and Romney presently busy trying to stave off examination of his comments about the 47%. ...
Witgren 09/21/2012 18 1 - 122
When will the Press ask the car companies
I'm just wondering when the Press (or the Republicans) will get around to asking the "Are you better off than you were four years ago" question to the auto manufacturers. Car sales post strong ...
Witgren 09/04/2012 5 1 - 47
CNN Headline: "North Carolina now a toss-up"
CNN has a headline story on it's website at the moment about this, though it notes that other polls have shown NC as being very close this summer. But now based on this poll, CNN has officially ...
Witgren 08/27/2012 25 39 - 796
On Republican-World
Contradictions seem to be the norm rather than the exception. Take a look below the fold for a peek at how things work in an alternate universe....
Witgren 08/26/2012 3 3 - 28
Komen Shakeup
I'm busy, so no time to dig into this at the moment, but I don't see anything about this diaried by anyone yet and wanted to get the news out. It appears there are some major shakeups happening in ...
Witgren 08/09/2012 4 1 - 93
Oh, the Bravado
In looking at a few comments sections on stories about last night's shooting, there are any number of bravado statements about "If I'd been there with my (insert handgun type here), I'd have taken ...
Witgren 07/20/2012 7 3 - 88
People Unclear on the Concept
I experienced a moment of what I suppose you could call cognitive dissonance this afternoon. More below the squiggle.
Witgren 05/05/2012 12 12 - 185
A Little Relief
Rexymeteorite tried to cool things off a little in the latest bout of the Obama Wars, but it didn't seem to take hold very well. Why? Wrong direction of course....maybe it's time to steam things ...
Witgren 04/26/2012 7 1 - 61
Emergency Preparedness - what do YOU do?
The running liveblog by weatherdude ( current link ) on the storm situation across the Midwest tonight has me thinking - what do YOU do for emergency preparedness, either on the road or at home?
Witgren 04/14/2012 42 13 - 127
Rush Redux
Yes, yet another diary on the human fiasco that is Rush Limbaugh. I wanted to comment on some logic of his that shows just how utterly stupid his (and other Republicans who have their undergarments ...
Witgren 03/06/2012 1 4 - 39
"Paying people to have sex"
This is going to be a short late-night diary while I have this thought in my head. As I peruse various Limbaugh stories around the web, invariably in the comments there are Right-Wing mouth-...
Witgren 03/02/2012 3 1 - 95
DMR Poll has bad numbers for Obama
I'm not normally much of a pollwatcher myself, but today I picked up the Sunday Des Moines Register and the headline reads "Obama trails trio from GOP". More details below the orange ...
Witgren 02/19/2012 63 5 - 389
Open Letter to the Leaders of the Susan G. Komen Foundation
Hi there. I can't help but notice that you've gone and gotten yourself into a little situation, there. I've got a few thoughts I'd like to share with you on this. Important thoughts you might ...
Witgren 02/08/2012 2 8 - 72
Response to the Anti-Choice folks
I scuffled online with some anti-choice folks over this whole Komen/Planned Parenthood thing. Of course, the anti-choicers were doing their usual dance. But my thought is -- ok, a small amount of ...
Witgren 02/01/2012 6 6 - 73
The New Welfare Queens
In the 80's Republicans talked up the idea of "welfare queens" -- people who milked the welfare system to live the high life while not actually holding a job or having any real income. The idea of ...
Witgren 01/29/2012 80 295 12 1707
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