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LAGC

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Hometown: Missoula, MT
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Current location: Deep in Red State Hell!
Member since: 2001
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About Me

Godless democratic socialist, look towards northern Europe for inspiration on what role-models our economy should aspire towards. Love the ACLU and donate heavily to them each year, wish they'd get with the program and defend the Second Amendment with as much fervor as they do the rest of the Bill of Rights. Proud member of the 99%.

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Family Research Council guard shot by gunman in D.C.

An armed intruder, spouting opposition to social conservatism, walked into the Washington headquarters of the Family Research Council on Wednesday and shot a security guard before the wounded guard and others wrestled him to the floor and subdued him until police arrived, authorities said.

They identified the suspect as Floyd Lee Corkins II, 28, of Herndon, who has a master’s degree from George Mason University’s College of Education and Human Development. Corkins was in FBI custody Wednesday night; authorities had not filed charges against him.

The guard, identified by the Family Research Council as Leo Johnson, was shot in the arm before or during the incident in the lobby, D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said. She credited Johnson with preventing a tragedy by stopping the man, who was carrying a 9mm handgun, from reaching the upstairs offices in the group’s six-story building at Eighth and G streets NW.
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The Family Research Council, a conservative lobbying group, deals in issues of faith, family and freedom, its Web site says. The organization opposes abortion and euthanasia, among other practices, and says it considers homosexuality to be a sin.

Gary Bauer, a former president of the Family Research Council and now head of American Values, cited “a disturbing level of intolerance and hate aimed at those who share traditional values.”
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/family-research-council-guard-shot-by-gunman-in-dc/2012/08/15/e420527e-e719-11e1-a3d2-2a05679928ef_story.html

Hmm... not very bright. Why bring a pistol when a bomb would be more conducive to taking out the entire upper-echelon of the Christo-Fascist HQ?

Seriously though, these sorts of amateur terrorist stunts do the anti-fundamentalist movement no good.

The last thing we need is to be making martyrs out of these wing-nuts. They already have a huge enough "persecution complex" as it is.

Let's stick with the ballot box while it's still a option and keep kicking their butts in the courts.

Paul Ryan won't close Mitt Romney's gap with Hispanics

Mitt Romney is on track to lose the Latino vote by a wider margin than any Republican presidential candidate in over a decade, and strategists in both parties say he may have made a bad situation worse with his selection of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate.

What’s clear is that Romney’s lagging fortunes among Hispanics are unlikely to receive any boost from choosing a vice presidential candidate who has voted in Congress against the DREAM Act and supports overhauling entitlement programs that are extremely popular among Latino voters.
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The Republican ticket’s dire position among Latinos has even stirred some hope among Democrats — and apprehension among some Republicans — that back-to-back smashing victories by President Barack Obama could move Latino voters in the Democratic column in a more durable way that could put the GOP at an electoral disadvantage for decades.
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“There is no issue that is more alarming for the future national viability of the Republican Party than this one,” said Steve Schmidt, who managed John McCain’s 2008 campaign. “The precipitous drop in the support levels for Republicans is alarming because it indicates that more and more Hispanics are simply disqualifying from consideration anyone with an ‘R’ next to their name.”
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http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0812/79683.html

If Latinos start voting 90% Democratic like AA's do, the Republican Party is going to have some SERIOUS problems for a long, long time to come. They are the fastest growing demographic in this country right now, and for the foreseeable future.

Sen. Harry Reid: Senate schedule too busy this year to debate gun control

WASHINGTON — The White House made clear Thursday that new legislation on gun control will not be on the political agenda this election year, as President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney engaged in their most extensive discussions on the issue since last week’s Colorado theater shootings.

Their comments revived — if briefly — a sensitive debate that has faded to the background in national politics and been virtually nonexistent in this year’s close presidential race.

While Obama called for tougher background checks on Americans trying to buy a gun, White House spokesman Jay Carney said the president is not pushing for new gun control legislation, though he still supports a ban on assault weapons. Carney said Obama intends to focus on other ways to combat violence.

Romney has said changing the nation’s laws would not prevent gun-related tragedies.

Sealing the matter, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday the Senate’s schedule is too packed to even have a debate on gun control. Asked if the Senate might debate the issue next year, Reid said: “Nice try.”


http://www.rgj.com/viewart/20120726/NEWS12/307260096/Sen-Harry-Reid-Senate-schedule-too-busy-this-year-to-debate-gun-control

Senator Reid is the reason Democrats still control the Senate. He's a savvy politician and knows better than to embarrass rural Democrats in an election year, or any other year for that matter.

Stricter gun control in this country is going nowhere fast so long as he remains Senate Majority Leader.

And the only way we're going to re-take the House of Representatives is with the help of rural Democrats. And not many of them have an appetite for stricter gun control either.

DHS-funded video gives tips on how to survive a mass-shooter



http://www.federalnewsradio.com/473/2966001/DHS-funded-video-gives-tips-to-survive-a-shooter

Entitled "Run, Hide, Fight," the video depicts a fictional shooting incident at an office building.

"It may feel like just another day at the office, but occasionally life feels more like an action movie than reality," says a narrator.

The City of Houston's website offers these tips:

- Run if a safe path is available. Always try and escape or evacuate even if others insist on staying.
- Encourage others to leave with you but don't let the indecision of others slow down your own effort to escape.
- Once you are out of the line of fire, try to prevent others from walking into the danger zone and call 9-1-1.
- If you can't get out safely, find a place to hide.
- When hiding, turn out lights, remember to lock doors and silence your ringer and vibration mode on your cell phone As a last resort, working together or alone, act with aggression, use improvised weapons and fight.

Electoral College Tie this November? It's Very Possible...

I know this topic was raised during the 2008 elections, but it is even more prescient this time around.

Some VERY interesting hypotheticals on CNN Politics right now:

http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/26/politics/electoral-college-tie/index.html

What would be the fall-out if there was an Electoral College tie? 269-269, neither Obama or Romney getting the magic 270 number to win?

Election results in key states would immediately be subject to legal challenges. Electors, normally an anonymous batch of party insiders elected to ratify each state's winner with their electoral votes, would be lobbied to change their votes by friends, neighbors and political leaders.

Ultimately, the House of Representatives could elect the next president, even if that candidate lost the popular vote.

"What it would reveal is that we have, in some sense, a profoundly undemocratic mechanism for dealing with a tie," said Alex Keyssar, a professor of history and social policy at Harvard University, and a critic of the Electoral College. "I think there would be an enormous outcry over that."


If you thought the 2000 elections were crazy with all the legal wrangling, this could very well tear at the very fabric of the system!

If the (currently) Republican-dominated House of Representatives chose Romney even though Obama won the popular vote... the OWS protests would look like child's play.

Think people threw a stink over the SCOTUS deciding 5-4 Bush over Gore?

White House plays down prospect of new gun laws

The White House signaled Thursday that President Barack Obama would not be seeking new gun control laws in the aftermath of the mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. But press secretary Jay Carney said Obama would try to find ways to work around the "stalemate" in Congress to keep firearms out of the wrong hands.

During a brief photo-op with his Cabinet, Obama himself sidestepped a reporter's question about how he would proceed without seeking new legislation.

"I'm sure we'll have more opportunity to talk about this," the president said.
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http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/white-house-plays-down-prospect-gun-laws-224057070.html

Good on you, Mr. President. The last thing we need is to give the Repukes ammunition by pursuing "feel-good" legislation that does little to address the problem of violence in our country and only pisses gun-owners off.

Let's get a Democratic Congress in there first and discuss the issue rationally before we "jump the gun" and do anything rash, based on emotion not on logic.

Anyone Catch OutFront w/Erin Burnett Tonight on CNN Regarding the Contempt Vote?

She had an interesting interview with Rep. Jason Altmire (D-PA), one of the 17 Democrats who voted with the Republicans in their contempt vote against A.G. Holder on Thursday.

You can see the interview segment here: http://outfront.blogs.cnn.com/2012/06/28/u-s-house-finds-attorney-general-in-contempt-of-congress-in-historic-vote/

He made an interesting point, that he didn't expect any sort of cover-up to be revealed by the documents, but was puzzled at why the Administration is refusing to just release them and let Congress do its job of being able to investigate the Executive Branch, when it is accused of wrong-doing.

Erin Burnett kept trying to paint him into a corner suggesting that his vote was motivated by fealty to the NRA, but as he responded, he doesn't agree with the NRA's conspiracy theory, he isn't running for re-election, and doesn't plan to run again in the future. So his vote was purely his own conscience and consistency with his contempt vote against Bush officials back in 2008 as well.

Just gives some interesting insight into why some Democrats voted the way they did.

As Seen on Yahoo! News Comments Tonight...

Yahoo's news article comments section usually mirrors Free Republic's, but every so often there is a gem:

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/fast-paced-frenzy-low-tech-supreme-court-221255714.html

One astute commenter:

I see so any putting down Fox all the time but none of you are capable of finding them wrong in what they say.......if they was wrong dont you think that the Obummer administration would have shut them down by now? o therefore there has to be truth to it


...and a brilliant response:

No honey, there doesn't have to be truth. The President hasn't shut down the National Enquirer either.




I so hope the SCOTUS doesn't strike down the ACA tomorrow. These people are going to go ape-shit.

Offended Christians Walk Out as Dan Savage Skewers the Bible at National High School Journalism Conf

Nearly a dozen of high school journalists walked out of a lecture by Dan Savage, the prominent anti-bullying advocate that pioneered the 'It Gets Better' campaign. His comments about the relationship between anti-gay bullying and the bible sparked a walkout of Christian teens at the National High School Journalist Conference in Seattle. Mr Savage called the defectors 'pansy-assed' and would not back down from his comments. I thought this would be about anti-bullying,' Rick Tuttle, the journalism adviser for Sutter Union High School in California, told Fox News. 'It turned into a pointed attack on Christian beliefs.'




Poor babies. They can sure dish it out, but can't take a little friendly criticism in turn.

So Mitt Romney is Speaking Before the NRA Convention in St. Louis Today

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Romney has an uneasy relationship with gun owners. "I don't line up with the NRA," he said when he tried to oust Sen. Edward M. Kennedy in Massachusetts in 1994.

When Romney ran successfully for Massachusetts governor in 2002, the NRA gave his Democratic opponent a higher rating on gun-rights issues but made no endorsement.
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http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/04/13/romney-to-woo-key-conservative-group-at-nra-event/

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“He supported the Brady Bill, supported the gun ban, increased taxes on gun licenses by 400 percent when he was in the state of Massachusetts,” Santorum, who exited the race on April 10, said while campaigning in Pennsylvania on April 4.
Raised Gun Fees

Romney, 65, also backed a ban on certain assault weapons in a 1994 federal anti-crime bill. As governor, he signed legislation that raised gun license fees from $25 to $100 to help close a state budget deficit, while also extending license durations to mitigate the increased cost, according to a Boston Globe report.
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In 2002, while he was running for governor, Romney said: “We do have tough gun laws in Massachusetts. I support them. I won’t chip away at them. I believe they help protect us and provide for our safety.”
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http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-04-13/romney-varmint-hunting-tales-aimed-at-gun-owning-skeptics


How much do you want to bet these snakes are going to endorse his lying two-faced ass? One good speech and his entire anti-gun history is swept under the rug?

I gave the NRA the benefit of the doubt when they backed so many pro-gun Democrats who were up for re-election in 2010, but I don't know if I can forgive them if they endorse Mittens over Obama, or only run anti-Obama ads.

If they were consistent to their principles, they'd just refuse to endorse anyone for the presidential race this year. But considering how many right-wingers are sitting on their Executive Board, I fear political expediency is going to trump reason in this matter.
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