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Gun control for thee, but not for me: "Detective wanted arrest warrant for NBC's David Gregory"

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/01/24/detective-wanted-arrest-warrant-for-nbcs-david-gregory/22275317/

Detective wanted arrest warrant for NBC's David Gregory

Yamiche Alcindor, USA TODAY 5:36 p.m. EST January 24, 2015

The controversy over former NBC anchor David Gregory's display of a high capacity gun magazine got new legs this week.

An affidavit shows a Washington Metropolitan Police Department detective requested an arrest warrant for Gregory, according to Conservative website Legal Insurrection. In December 2012, the then host of NBC's "Meet the Press" broke the district's laws by waving the 30-round ammunition magazine at the network's studio during an interview...

...According to the affidavit, a NBC editor exchanged several e-mails with authorities who informed the editor that possessing the magazine would violate the law and be a misdemeanor. Police recommended using a photo instead of the magazine during the interview.

Gregory later displayed the magazine. In response, police investigated the incident. And, Wayne Gerrish, a Washington Metropolitan Police Department detective, requested an arrest warrant for Gregory. It was declined in January 2013.


Of course it was declined- Gregory wasn't one of "those people..."
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sat Jan 24, 2015, 06:12 PM (29 replies)

A pack of hypocrites and selective tough guys, advocating violence against the law abiding

Nuclear Unicorn has their number. From a thread in GC&RKBA:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1172159686#post8

They're selective tough guys.

They have a right to SWAT and tackle law-abiding, peaceable citizens but law-abiding peaceable citizens don't have the right to defend themselves from rapists, robbers, muggers, burglars and stalkers perpetrating forcible felonies.

Gun control isn't about stopping violence because gun controllers are endorsing violence.
This story has forced the mask to fall away. It's about control and nothing more.


That was in response to this:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1172159686#post1


bowens43 (15,246 posts)
1. we have a right to protect ourselves against gun toting idiots.

he should have broken his damn arms...


Fuck Foster and *anyone* (and the keyboard they rode in on)
who supports or excuses his actions


Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Wed Jan 21, 2015, 08:08 PM (0 replies)

The DEA Just Ended A Secret 15-Year Phone Call Spying Program

http://www.businessinsider.com/r-us-drug-enforcement-agency-halts-huge-secret-data-program-2015-1

The DEA Just Ended A Secret 15-Year Phone Call Spying Program
Reuters

John Shiffman, Reuters
Jan. 16, 2015, 5:40 PM


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has halted a secret, nearly 15-year program that collected virtually all data on international calls between the United States and certain countries, according to documents and officials familiar with the matter.

The sweeping bulk DEA database program was stopped in September 2013, shortly after elements were revealed by Reuters and then The New York Times, according to a redacted court filing made public on Thursday and U.S. officials...

...The 2013 Reuters report disclosed that federal agents were trained to conceal the role of Special Operations Division and its techniques in certain cases. This deceptive process, the agents said, is commonly called "parallel construction."

Agents had been directed to obscure how such investigations truly began - not only from defense lawyers but also sometimes from prosecutors and judges...
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Tue Jan 20, 2015, 06:16 AM (1 replies)

A question for AA DUers- is this a nice tribute to MLK or oblivious cultural appropriation?

It struck me as somewhat...off..., for lack of a better term- but I'm an older white guy
and realized that my viewpoint may be somewhat blinkered

(also posted in GD)

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10026066232

I'm sure the Halalisa Singers are all good liberals that mean well

There's just one thing about them that struck me, and it's...well, you'll see:

http://www.halalisa.org/concerts-tickets.html

The Halalisa Singers present:
“I Dream A World: Songs of Hope and Justice”
Mary Cunningham, Artistic Director
Trevor Berens, piano
Bertram Lehmann, percussion

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Halalisa Singers present a program of folk and world music celebrating the legacy of the great civil rights leader.
The 34-member Lexington-based ensemble will sing songs from around the world reflecting themes from MLK’s life and work.
“This is music that emerged from unjust circumstances when people found their voices and raised them in song to inspire hope and promote change,” says Artistic Director Mary Cunningham.

The program features songs U2’s “MLK” and Jason Shelton’s bluesy “King for a Day,” written specifically to honor Dr. King anti-apartheid songs in the South African languages Xhosa and Zulu;
Andre Thomas’ setting of Langston Hughes’ “I Dream a World,” dedicated to victims of the September 11 attacks; and “I Am Willing,” sung at a 2006 White House rally to protest the invasion of Iraq.

The concerts will also honor the late folk legend and activist Pete Seeger with “Guantanamera,” a Jose Marti poem reflecting the perspective of a Cuban revolutionary from the late 1800’s that Seeger adapted for the peace movement, and the poignant “To My Old Brown Earth.”

Also on the program are songs from “Ragtime,” Sweet Honey in the Rock’s tribute to the women of South Africa “We Are the Ones,”
and “Hope for Resolution,” a piece that juxtaposes a European chant melody with an anti-apartheid song from South Africa.
A traditional Yiddish folk song, spirituals, a Maori-inspired song from New Zealand, and the rousing jazz-infused gospel piece “Freedom Train” round out the performance.


http://www.halalisa.org/about.html

The Halalisa Singers are dedicated to the performance of music across all cultures and nationalities.
Halalisa is a Zulu word for “celebration,” and in that spirit, the Halalisa repertoire includes African, Latin, American Spiritual, Gospel, Jewish, Folk, and Jazz music.
A diverse group of thirty men and women, the Halalisa Singers are inspired by the belief that music is a universal language with the power to uplift and unite us all.
Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mary Cunningham, this Lexington-based vocal ensemble is now in its twentieth year offering performances in the Boston area.


Yeah, about that 'diversity':











Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sat Jan 10, 2015, 12:27 AM (7 replies)

I'm sure the Halalisa Singers are all good liberals that mean well

There's just one thing about them that struck me, and it's...well, you'll see:

http://www.halalisa.org/concerts-tickets.html

The Halalisa Singers present:
“I Dream A World: Songs of Hope and Justice”
Mary Cunningham, Artistic Director
Trevor Berens, piano
Bertram Lehmann, percussion

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Halalisa Singers present a program of folk and world music celebrating the legacy of the great civil rights leader.
The 34-member Lexington-based ensemble will sing songs from around the world reflecting themes from MLK’s life and work.
“This is music that emerged from unjust circumstances when people found their voices and raised them in song to inspire hope and promote change,” says Artistic Director Mary Cunningham.

The program features songs U2’s “MLK” and Jason Shelton’s bluesy “King for a Day,” written specifically to honor Dr. King anti-apartheid songs in the South African languages Xhosa and Zulu;
Andre Thomas’ setting of Langston Hughes’ “I Dream a World,” dedicated to victims of the September 11 attacks; and “I Am Willing,” sung at a 2006 White House rally to protest the invasion of Iraq.

The concerts will also honor the late folk legend and activist Pete Seeger with “Guantanamera,” a Jose Marti poem reflecting the perspective of a Cuban revolutionary from the late 1800’s that Seeger adapted for the peace movement, and the poignant “To My Old Brown Earth.”

Also on the program are songs from “Ragtime,” Sweet Honey in the Rock’s tribute to the women of South Africa “We Are the Ones,”
and “Hope for Resolution,” a piece that juxtaposes a European chant melody with an anti-apartheid song from South Africa.
A traditional Yiddish folk song, spirituals, a Maori-inspired song from New Zealand, and the rousing jazz-infused gospel piece “Freedom Train” round out the performance.


http://www.halalisa.org/about.html

The Halalisa Singers are dedicated to the performance of music across all cultures and nationalities.
Halalisa is a Zulu word for “celebration,” and in that spirit, the Halalisa repertoire includes African, Latin, American Spiritual, Gospel, Jewish, Folk, and Jazz music.
A diverse group of thirty men and women, the Halalisa Singers are inspired by the belief that music is a universal language with the power to uplift and unite us all.
Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mary Cunningham, this Lexington-based vocal ensemble is now in its twentieth year offering performances in the Boston area.


Yeah, about that 'diversity':











Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sat Jan 10, 2015, 12:12 AM (6 replies)

Being blocked by a claque of wannabe Dantons and Robespierres is hardly shameful

I know the GCRA regulars fancy themselves as guardians of
progressivism and the Democratic Party, but in truth they're rather more like:

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Jan 1, 2015, 02:31 PM (0 replies)

Oakland school disowns gun control video made on campus

http://www.contracostatimes.com/contra-costa-times/ci_27196097/oakland-school-disowns-gun-control-video-made-campus


Oakland school disowns gun control video made on campus


OAKLAND -- A charter school here is distancing itself from a controversial anti-gun video filmed on campus over the summer that shows a student bringing a gun to school and giving it to his teacher.

North Oakland Community Charter School Director Carolyn Gramstorff said the school rented space to San Francisco filmmaker Rejina Sincic but had no idea the content would become so divisive on both sides of the gun control debate...

...The film, called "Stop Gun Violence-PSA", is getting negative comments from all sides of the debate on gun control because it shows a kid bringing a gun to school in his backpack.

"We do not advocate for children to bring guns, real or fake, to school," Gramstorff said when contacted by telephone in Florida on Tuesday.


Protip: encouraging kids to commit multiple felonies *might not* be such a great idea:



Other antigun types are already implying that this video is some sort of
'false-flag' operation:

http://www.vocativ.com/culture/society/gun-violence-psa-director-rejina-sincic/

Despite the relentless attacks, those who share Sincic’s perspective haven’t exactly rushed to her defense. In fact, one of the country’s leading gun control advocacy groups on Tuesday all-but threw her under the bus, suggesting that she may have been hired by right wing activists to stir controversy and anger.

“I smell a rat here,” Ladd Everitt, a spokesman for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, told Vocativ on Tuesday. “To me, this reeks of something that’s been planted.”

“It’s shocking how this suddenly went viral on right wing media when no one in our movement is promoting this video,” Everitt continued. “I’m actively questioning who this woman is. And I’d like to know who paid for this and why.”


And here we've been told recently here at DU that it's *gun owners* that are paranoid...


Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Tue Dec 23, 2014, 11:40 PM (4 replies)

Fox-style homophobia from anti-vaccine Facebook page vactruth.com

https://www.facebook.com/vaccinetruth/posts/10152594501857989

vactruth.com
December 9 at 11:02am · Edited ·

For the readers who have asked this question,

Do you think vaccinating a child with vaccines, that are made up of endocrine disrupting chemicals, can affect the outcome of a person's sexuality? Homosexuality is found in nature in other species and has occurred in populations long before the advent of vaccines. Some believe vaccines affect sexuality and some don't. It is known that vaccines do disrupt hormonal function and can cause fertility and thyroid problems, so this is a legitimate question some people want to learn more about.

Below is a link discussing what some doctors have to say on the issue but not in relation to vaccination status. Many people are afraid to bring this topic up and write about it. We know this is on some people's minds, so please respectfully share your experience.

http://borngay.procon.org/view.answers.php?questionID=000020


Some comments:

Martha Barley A biologist friend of mine was involved in studies where the changed the question a quality of food in animals to see how many generations it took until they were sterile and then improving the diet the generation before that point to get them back to optimum health. The sicker the generations were the more homosexuality showed up. All the studies were destroyed because they were politically incorrect.



Haylee-James Ratliff Never thought about it, but I do believe that vaccines can contaminate nerves, hormones and receptors! Therefore I don't think I could rule it out of possibilities! That would then change MY Opinion that homosexuality was JUST a choice to that it could be an affliction. Neither opinion would be favored by a subject of my opinion and that is why the topic is not discussed.


Fortunately, at least one commenter saw right through this bigoted nonsense:

Kathy Kaufman Weber 2 of the things crazy people fear: vaccines and gay people, all rolled into one (not so) neat theory. if you were actually looking for the truth you wouldn't post such nonsensical questions. there have been gay people for a lot longer than we've been vaccinating, and animals in the wild, who I presume are not vaccinated, can also be gay.

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Dec 18, 2014, 03:20 PM (5 replies)

Stingray Warrentless Wiretap by Chicago PD on Activists

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sat Dec 6, 2014, 10:48 PM (7 replies)

Activists Say Chicago Police Used ‘Stingray’ Eavesdropping Technology During Protests

Source: CBS Chicago

Activists Say Chicago Police Used ‘Stingray’ Eavesdropping Technology During Protests
December 6, 2014 11:19 AM

(CBS) – Activists who have been protesting in Chicago claim they have proof that police have been using so-called “Stingray” technology to eavesdrop on their phones, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

The technology essentially puts up a wall between the user’s phone and their provider, forcing phones in the immediate area to send data to the police instead of the nearest cell towers.

Activists have posted pictures online of a city of marked Chicago emergency management vehicle with what looks like radar on top following protestors. Some have reported that when the vehicle is nearby their phones don’t work properly.

The activists think they’ve found proof police are using stingray technology in a radio exchange between officers on the street and headquarters during a recent protest.

Read more: http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/12/06/activists-say-chicago-police-used-stingray-eavesdropping-technology-during-protests/



The intercepted radio exchange:

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sat Dec 6, 2014, 10:45 PM (15 replies)
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