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Here are links to four of the first five stories:

Clevealnd (sic) Police are investigating the death of a 6 year old girl after she was shot in the face
http://www.newsnet5.com/dpp/news/local_news/cleveland_metro/clevealnd-police-are-investigating-the-death-of-a-6-year-old-girl-after-she-was-shot-in-the-face

East Anchorage Drive-By Shooting Sends Teenage Girl to Hospital
http://www.ktuu.com/news/crime/east-anchorage-drive-by-shooting-sends-teenage-girl-to-hospital-011913,0,4531781.story

I could not find a link to this story about a 12-year-old in Bainbridge, GA who shot himself while hunting. However, Bainbridge, GA did experience a drive-by shooting this week which resulted in a 23-year-old being hit, so it's not like gun injury was unknown in this town last week:
Drive-by Shooting in Bainbridge, Georgia
http://www.wctv.tv/news/headlines/8536002.html

Richmond man shot by 4-year-old dies
http://www.timesdispatch.com/news/local/city-of-richmond/richmond-man-shot-by--year-old-dies/article_f83ed5ed-1b79-5b73-9b12-e22e210c13c4.html

Police investigating shooting of 2-year-old boy
http://onlineathens.com/local-news/2013-01-14/police-investigating-shooting-2-year-old-boy

I don't have time to google all the incidents listed, but it's off to a good start for internet reporting accuracy when four of the first five stories listed pop up from reputable, local news sites in a simple google search. Feel free to search for the rest yourself and report back to us. I'd like to see the links myself.

I had a doctor at a Walgreens wellness clinic tell me once

that people who went to work sick were too ignorant about public health risks. I told her that they couldn't afford the clinic visit and also the loss of wages from taking time off to go to the doctor. She looked skeptical until I told her that her $100 clinic visit was a whole day's pay for me, plus I didn't have paid sick leave - which is why I waited until I was on death's door before going to see her.

Wright was NOT controversial

until RW media made him controversial. The UCC hand-picked him to plant a specifically black church with liberal UCC theology to curb the rampant rise of conservative black evangelical churches. The only part that was deemed "controversial" was that he used traditional black preaching techniques in the pulpit - which the white right turned into "angry black man hate speech." The CONTENT of his sermons were pure UCC - overcoming oppression with the transforming power of God's love.

Ah, if non-fiction's your thing, let me recommend these titles:

Outliers by (and read by) Malcolm Gladwell.

Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power by (and read by) Rachel Maddow

The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann

The Wordy Shipmates by (and read by) Sarah Vowell

Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex by Mary Roach



Another wrong-headed Texan at work.

A) Print is not dead. The WSJ had an article this week on the subject.

B) Ebooks availability for libraries is severely limited due to publisher reticence and outrageous pricing.

C) Judge Wolff says this isn't meant to be a replacement for local brick-and-mortar libraries but an enhancement. How about donating all the money you've raised for your bookless libraries and give that to the actual libraries for enhancement of their digital collections? Seriously, why reinvent the wheel when the infrastructure already exists to get ebooks in the hands of those who can afford ereaders?

I wish people knew that sell-by dates doesn't mean it goes bad after that date.

In fact, it's good until it isn't, as best judged by looking at the food, smelling it, and using your own best judgement. The USDA needs to be more aggressive in getting this information out.

USDA Fact Sheets: Food Labeling: Food Product Dating

Women can only "choose" to have an abortion if

there are safe, available, affordable medical facilities that perform abortions in their area. Rich women will always be able to "choose" to abort because if they can't get an abortion in their hometown, or even if it becomes illegal again, it's legal elsewhere and they have the means to get there. Poor women, not so much. That's what I mean by "choice" being a market-based coinage.

Pro-choice is a market-based description.

I prefer to refer to it as human rights. Every human has the right to control their own body. There is no choice involved.

I live by the audio book!

My work commute is two hours round trip 3-6 times a week. I would die without audio books. Here are my scifi/fantasy picks:

11/22/63 by Stephen King. Not quite as scifi-y as a lot of his stuff, but engaging and the reader kicked ass!

Going Bovine by Libba Bray. This is a young adult book written in the first person about a boy living with mad cow disease. Awesome!

PastWatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus by Orson Scott Card. Future humans go back in time to try to right Columbus' genocidal bullshit.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Future where humanity basically lives their lives inside a computer program because the outside, real world sucks. When the guy who designed the program dies, he leaves his fortune to whoever can win a computer game he devised, based entirely on '80s pop culture.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman. Ancient gods come back to claim their supreme god rights over modern gods of the 21st century.

Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman. One brother is a schmuck, the other is magical. They never meet until adults. The schmuck's life will never be the same.

I also listen to a lot of biographies. I like ones read by the authors best. Here are my Top 5 in that category:

Here Comes Trouble by Michael Moore. His life leading up to making Farenheit 911. Much more interesting than you might think.

Born Standing Up by Steve Martin. His life leading up to becoming an insanely famous stand-up comedian.

Up 'Til Now by William Shatner. His life, told so obnoxiously it's almost endearing.

My Mother Was Nuts by Penny Marshall. If you can hack her nasal NY accent it's an interesting flashback on the '70s, '80s and '90s media culture.

Role Models by John Waters. Explore the seamy underside of Baltimore that shaped John Waters!

Safe travels and happy trails!

You do understand what "underground" refers to in terms of resistance, right?

This is democraticunderground, not democraticmainstream or democraticbluedog or democraticcentrist or democraticthirdway. I would say the name of the site alone indicates change from within by the more leftist wing of the party. Business-as-usual, moving-ever-rightward policy by the run-of-the-mill Democrats helped create the problems in this country. And as Einstein is alleged to have said, "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." So sue us for not walking in lockstep.
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