Gun safety advocates from States United to Prevent Gun Violence (SUPGV) tried a new tactic in the war against gun violence, with a pseudo sting operation where people who had expressed an interest in purchasing a firearm were led to believe they could do so, but during a sales pitch were told the historical realities of the specific types of weapons they were considering. See the video:
This was conducted in a Manhattan storefront set up to look like a gun shop, so real that it fooled those geniuses from the NRA and something called the The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, who have had a shit fit that prospective gun purchasers are being told actual facts that could change their minds about the whole thing. In fact, this Big Apple gun group has called on New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to investigate the whole thing, based on their allegations that in filming the video, SUPGV broke a whole slew of laws, including firearms being displayed improperly in the store and the allowing of prospective buyers without licenses to handle firearms.
One problem with that – none of the firearms used or displayed were real. But the NRA guys and the illustrious New York State Rifle and Pistol Association membership, in a blind rage over, you know, real factual information being told to people who thought they
wanted guns, couldn't tell papier mache' from Piper Laurie. In fact, SUPGV had arranged for a NYPD official to be present during filming to assure compliance with any applicable laws.
Even Breitbart.com has stuck its disgusting face into the foray, with more phony non-facts. An article there about the sting used a phony study and phony facts deceitfully alleging that lawful gun use frequently wards of criminal behavior.
For the record, REAL academic research has found that such instances are so rare to defy accurate measurement and the FBI has stats that show that the ratio of criminal gun homicide to justifiable homicide with a firearm is approximately 37-to-1.
This video has gone viral, with a couple of million views, and hopefully it will have a sobering effect on at least a few people who might reconsider thoughts of facing today’s volatile society while armed with a lethal weapon.
8 U.S.C. § 953, the Logan Act: Private correspondence with foreign governments.
“Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.”
First, House republicans, without the knowledge of the President of the United States, invite a foreign leader to address Congress. That was a breach of every conceivable aspect of decorum, respect, protocol, and good taste that could be imagined, but no one ever said
that any gop politician has an iota of decorum, respect, sense of protocol, or good taste, and this just proves it.
But now, they have gone too far, and under many interpretation of the Logan Act, numerous republican Senators are guilty of treason.
Facts are just not important to many of the good citizens of the fine state of Oklahoma, and certainly not historical facts. Oklahomans seem to be living in a fantasy world, and state legislators are hard at work to move their state even further from reality. Is this a symptom of a mass psychosis? No, that has a better chance of being cured. Rather, this is due to a skewed view of the United States and the egotistical and absurd belief of absolute American exceptionalism resulting in the mind set that throughout its long and glorious history, this county and its “real” citizens have never done anything “wrong”. This results in the further belief that historians who say differently are lying bastards and that their accounts of history need to be ripped from textbooks and never mentioned in Oklahoma classrooms, especially those advanced placement classes inhabited by the smart kids. Continue reading →
As international media propaganda overwhelms the airwaves and internet, President Obama has joined with right-wing imperialists and misguided Democrats to ram through Congress a new war authorization bill that, for all the wrong and absurd reasons, assures the US of entry into yet another decades-long ground war in the middle east. This is, regrettably, a popular path to follow, due to the selective “news” fed to a misinformed public.
The US public is outraged by what is seen in the news, as various organizations referred to at times as ISIS, at times as ISIL, and at times as Da’esh, post videos of their captives being mercilessly executed, usually through beheading. But, at the same time, our good friends the Saudis engage in a constant use of beheading, day after day. Continue reading →
Nationwide Insurance spent tens of millions of dollars to show ads during yesterday’s Super Bowl. Their ads were tear-jerkers portraying human tragedy that evoked stunning emotions in millions of unsuspecting viewers. Watching these ads, the overwhelming take-away was that the company way trying to buy compassion and trying to convince people of their altruism and concern for mankind, and ultimately, their fairness in conducting business. Nothing could be further from the truth. Continue reading →
It seems that not a day goes by where there is not a single news report of some idiot shooting himself with his own gun or of a young child getting hold of a firearm and shooting, and usually killing, him or her self, a sibling, a parent, or an innocent bystander. But this story in today’s news, “Albuquerque 3-year-old finds mom’s gun, wounds both parents with 1 shot” says it all about what is wrong with gun laws, or rather the lack of gun laws, in the United States.
In Albuquerque, a man, an eight-month pregnant woman, their two-year and three-year old children, and two dogs, were all living, cramped together, in what was termed a “squalid” hotel room, when the three-year-old boy, apparently looking for an iPad in his mother’s purse, instead took out the hand gun she said she had purchased that day, and he shot both parents with a single bullet. Continue reading →
I predicted months ago that the 2016 gop nominee for President would again be Mitt Romney, with his primary opposition coming from Rand Paul. So, Romney’s decision to stay out of the race was a major blow to my outlook as the gop circus revs up for its latest incarnation. His absence in the race leaves a massive void in the slightly less reactionary (I refuse to call it “moderate”) arm of the party, what with the new front runner Jeb Bush carrying the weight of that name and of his views on immigration, and with the only other guy, chris christie, likely to be watching election night results from a prison cell. The extreme right plethora of wannabes will be tripping over each other as they cozy up to their base and kiss the rears of the Kochs, Adelsons, the likes of Paul Singer, Bob Perry, and the guys who write the checks for the US Chamber of Commerce, Goldman-Sachs, the NRA and Big Pharma. Continue reading →
“Greece leaves behind the austerity that ruined it, leaves behind the fear, leaves behind five years of humiliation, and Greece moves forward with optimism and hope and dignity,” – Syriza Party leader Alexis Tsipras, in line to be the new Prime Minister of Greece
Remember all those statements coming from the leadership of the gop, saying they have to moderate their public persona and become more inclusive if they are to make a better showing in the next presidential race? You know, where they went on to say that they need less candidates, less far-out candidates, and far less debates, to keep the public from knowing what they actually believe? Well, as the 2016 race for the White House begins for the gop, it sure looks like business as usual, with the same type of super-partisan events this weekend as in the past, and some of the same type of loonies in the news, barely moderated by the couple of allegedly more moderate voices of, on one hand yet another bush looking to be president, and on the other hand, the Romney redux, as I said would happen. There may or may not be a third allegedly less-than-reactionary voice if Chris Christie, driven by the same quest for absolute power that brought down Richard Nixon generations ago, beats the odds and is not indicted for his vast array of criminal activities. Continue reading →
In the 2012 Presidential election, overall the state of Florida voted for the re-election of President Barack Obama, by a slim margin. His support was primarily centered in the states’ largest and most diverse counties, such as Broward, Miami-Dade, and Orange counties, while in other areas of the state, in particular the far north where there is much more of a solidly white, Christian, and traditionally conservative voter base, the vote was overwhelmingly cast in favor of gop candidate Mitt Romney. For example, in Baker county, along the state’s border with Georgia, 79% of the vote went to Romney, and in Okaloosa county, bordering Alabama, 74% of the vote was cast for Romney. Next door to Okaloosa, almost 76% of voters favored Romney in Santa Rosa county.
As part and parcel of the ingrained belief system of such voters’ in northern Florida is their well documented and very visible hatred for gays, lesbians, and bisexual and transgender people, and their strong feelings about denying them equal rights and protections for their sexual preferences, and in particular the right to marry. Continue reading →
Well, it seems that the new year has begun with the revelation that one of the United States’ largest corporate giants has engaged in blatant, extreme anti-Semitism, which apparently had gone unnoticed for several months in the US, as the company profited through sales to specific foreign target audiences of a publication that clearly and outrageously demonstrates their bigotry.
It was revealed by the Catholic publication The Tablet, in an article that appeared on New Years Eve, that HarperCollins, one of the “Big Five” of the world’s largest English-language publishing houses, in an atlas they published and aimed at a middle east market, has seen fit to omit the existence of Israel. Continue reading →
Medical researchers have long known that a cure for diabetes was likely to be developed, but that the major stumbling blocks and delays were not scientific in nature, but rather political.
Back in the dark ages of the george w bush administration, when the use of embryonic stem cells for medical research and development was considered by the ruling party to be the same as first degree murder, the American people as a whole had a far different view. The people, in a 2007 Pew poll, agreed that the probability of a virtually unlimited number of painful, disabling and terminal diseases that could be cured by use of embryonic stem cells far outweighed the ludicrous position of the religious right, evangelical-controlled government that could only view the use of such material as tantamount to the evils of birth control, abortion, and murder. Continue reading →