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Sarah, is that you calling me?

"Val" getting ready to go tend bar.

I think she nailed it!



Trump Pretends To Shoot Someone Just Days After A Massacre

During a campaign stop on Saturday in Franklin, Tennessee, Trump doubled-down on his apathy. He even went so far as to tell the crowd he carries a gun while he’s in New York, because he has a license to carry. Then he proceeds to pretend to pull a gun out of a hip holster and points it at an imaginary person coming at him. He does this all while smiling, smirking, and laughing. He says:

“I have a license to carry in NY, can you believe that? Somebody attacks me, they’re gonna be shocked.”



Shooter's Dad: “If Chris hadn’t been able to get ahold of 13 guns, this never would have happened”

Mercer went on to wonder with regards to his son, “How on earth did he compile 13 guns?”

That’s just the thing. It seems that the guns were legally purchased. This obviously deranged individual had access to guns that he never should have had. In this version of the NRA’s America, these things happen because we live in a culture where people believe that anyone and everyone should be able to get as many guns as they want, as often as they want, whenever they want. To that end, we have the Chris Harper Mercers of the world shooting places up when their already fragile minds finally snap.

Perhaps the most powerful part of the interview you’re about to watch is the fact that it is the shooter’s father calling for gun control. While he makes it clear he does not blame gun laws on what his son did, Ian Mercer did have this to say:

“If Chris hadn’t been able to get ahold of 13 guns, this never would have happened.”

He later added, “You have to ask that question, how was he able to compile that kind of arsenal?”

Exactly that. Chris Harper Mercer never should have had even one gun in his mental state, much less 13 of them.

Video & More:

Thank you, Mr. Mercer, for saying what needs to be said during this difficult time. Hopefully, someone listens.

Planned Parenthood: “It is extraordinary that someone running for president would lie in that way”

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards took Carly Fiorina to task for her “lie” about a video that purports to show a live-birth abortion at a women’s health center

“It is extraordinary that someone running for president would lie in that way,” Richards said in an interview on NBC's “Meet the Press” aired on Sunday. “This has been completely discredited by every reputable news source. And yet Carly Fiorina seems to continue to repeat the same lie.”

Richards said the undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress that appear to show Planned Parenthood executives trafficking fetal body parts from abortions are “distortive” and “deceptive.”

She also said the tone of Planned Parenthood executives in the undercover videos does not reflect the “compassionate care that our doctors and clinicians provide to 2.7 million patients.”


This Is Not OK America: "More preschoolers are shot dead each year than police officers"

More preschoolers are shot dead each year (82 in 2013) than police officers are in the line of duty (27 in 2013)
Nicholas Kristof


First, we need to comprehend the scale of the problem: It’s not just occasional mass shootings like the one at an Oregon college on Thursday, but a continuous deluge of gun deaths, an average of 92 every day in America. Since 1970, more Americans have died from guns than died in all U.S. wars going back to the American Revolution.

When I reported a similar figure in the past, gun lobbyists insisted that it couldn’t possibly be true. But the numbers are unarguable: fewer than 1.4 million war deaths since 1775, more than half in the Civil War, versus about 1.45 million gun deaths since 1970 (including suicides, murders and accidents).

If that doesn’t make you flinch, consider this:

In America, more preschoolers are shot dead each year (82 in 2013) than police officers are in the line of duty (27 in 2013), according to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the FBI.

the rest:

Michael Moore: 'I no longer have anything to say about what is now part of normal American life.'



Sanders: GOP blames Obama for all their problems because they have George W. Bush "amnesia"

Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) on Saturday poked fun at Republicans for blaming all their problems on President Obama, suggesting they suffer from “amnesia” over George W. Bush’s presidency.

"In their world, every problem that you can possibly imagine is caused by Barack Obama,” Sanders quipped at a campaign rally in Boston. "If there is rain, if it’s too hot, if there’s a mosquito in the room, it is all Barack Obama.”

"But we really can’t gloat, because they suffer from a very serious amnesia problem,” Sanders continued. "A serious illness that seems to afflict Republican presidential candidates. They can’t help it, but they just cannot remember the way things were seven years ago."


Did Sheriff Hanlin Know of Christopher Harper Mercer before His Massacre?

Published October 3, 2015 | By emptywheel

I read this passage — from the Sheriff in charge of the investigation into the mass killing by Christopher Harper Mercer the other day — several times.

Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin told reporters it wouldn’t be strange for someone in the state to have so many weapons.

“In Oregon, this is a hunting state and firearms are possible in most households,” he said.
Investigators said it was too soon to identify a motive, although Hanlin earlier told NBC’s TODAY he wasn’t aware of any “specific red flags” for the shooter.

“He is a local resident and I know personally I haven’t heard of any warning signs coming from this person,” Hanlin said.

Because Hanlin said, “I personally,” I initially believed he meant he personally knew of Harper Mercer. But after re-reading it, I believe, though am not certain, that Hanlin meant only that in the time Harper Mercer has been living in town (about four years, according to reports) he has never come up on the sheriff department’s radar (or more specifically, Hanlin’s personal radar). In a town of 20,000 people, there’d be no reason for Hanlin to know everyone.

Still, I wonder, given Hanlin’s refusal to utter Harper Mercer’s name. Given that both are big gun enthusiasts (though as Hanlin noted, that’s fairly common in the area), it’s possible they’ve met. There’d be no fault in that, nor would Hanlin be at fault for not noticing the guy, because nothing we know of in his history should have tipped anyone but the people who were egging him on on 4Chan. But I bet a guy like Hanlin has a certain idea of who engages in senseless killing and it’s not a guy like Harper Mercer, no matter how much of a loner.

In any case, this passage, from a local editorial, got me wondering about that statement from Hanlin again.

The investigation, led by Hanlin’s office, has only just begun. In press conferences, Hanlin has been urging anyone who might have tips relating to the shootings to call 1-800-CALL-FBI. But as a practical matter, how are people who may have valuable information about Harper-Mercer supposed to call if they never know that he was the shooter?

They’re right: Hanlin’s dictate no one should name Harper Mercer makes it somewhat less likely locals would call in tips of any warning signs.

Add in Hanlin’s fierce belief that guns are under threat — extending even to Newtown trutherism — and I wonder whether he wants to suppress how much like Harper Mercer looks like any other gun enthusiast.


This chart should scare the heck out of Jeb Bush.

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