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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


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:


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


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.


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)

Gun control advocates are lying to us again. Color me unsurprised


More guns, more crime: New research debunks a central thesis of the gun rights movement


Now, Donohue and his colleagues have shown that extending the data yet another decade (1999-2010) provides the most convincing evidence to date that right-to-carry laws are associated with an increase in violent crime.

"The totality of the evidence based on educated judgments about the best statistical models suggests that right-to-carry laws are associated with substantially higher rates" of aggravated assault, rape, robbery and murder, said Donohue.

The strongest evidence was for aggravated assault, with data suggesting that right-to-carry (RTC) laws increase this crime by an estimated 8 percent – and this may actually be understated, according to the researchers.

"Our analysis of the year-by-year impact of RTC laws also suggests that RTC laws increase aggravated assaults," they wrote.

The murder rate increased in the states with existing right-to-carry laws for the period 1999-2010 when the "confounding influence" of the crack cocaine epidemic is controlled for. The study found that homicides increased in eight states that adopted right-to-carry laws during 1999-2010.

Let's just see about that, shall we?

First off, the crime statistics are obtained from the FBI's "Crime In The United States"
reports, and rates are per 100,000 inhabitants:





M = Murder and non-negligent homicide
AA = Aggravated assault

The first number is the 1999 rate, the second the 2010 rate

The following states are the eight that passed shall-issue laws in the period 1999-2010
The disinterested reader will notice that there was only *one* increase
in aggravated assault rates and *one* increase in murder rates, in two different states.

Passed 1999-2010


M 4.6 2.4
AA 219.2 212.4


M 2.8 1.8
AA 146.5 136.4


M 6.6 7.0
AA 336.6 321.7


M 6.0 3.5
AA 259.5 272.1

M 7.0 5.7
AA 375.7 321.0


M 3.6 3.0
AA 325.9 183.6

New Mexico

M 9.8 6.9
AA 622.2 457.1

M 2.3 1.4
AA 186.0 151.9

I think this tells us all we need to know about John Donahue and those that
tout his 'findings'...

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Fri Nov 21, 2014, 03:16 PM (67 replies)

More attempted turd-polishing from gun controllers

Also posted at GCRA, but reposted here for some non-"amen chorus" discussion:


Republicans Won the Midterms. The NRA Did Not.

For example, note what's buried amidst the happytalk glurge in this paragraph:

And it wasn’t just the governors. Remember the successful recall in September 2013 of two Colorado state senators who had voted for the comprehensive gun-law reforms in that state? That victory for gun-rights supporters was taken as yet further proof that the gun control movement was incapable of protecting its allies, and was doomed to failure. I argued at the time that this reading overlooked the flukish nature of the recall—a special vote two months before election day in which Coloradans would not be able to vote by mail, as many are accustomed to doing, just the sort of low-turnout contest that favored the highly motivated minority of gun-rights activists in the state. And look at what happened last week: even in a big Republican year, when Republicans won the majority of the Colorado state senate, the Democrats won back both of those recalled seats with candidates who favor sensible gun laws—including one candidate who used to be employed by Bloomberg's previous group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns. With the election back on conventional terms, with the moderately good turnout of a regular midterm election, the ardent gun-rights minority in those districts was swamped by the broader mass of voters.

"Yeah, we got...back to where we started in two districts and lost overall-but it's a VICTORY!"


Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Wed Nov 12, 2014, 02:45 PM (17 replies)

The Democratic Party Has Become General Motors Circa 1999

As evidence, I offer...the Pontiac Aztek:


In case you're wondering if I've totally gone off the beam-after seeing the recent election debacle, I remembered this interview last month in Road and Track with auto industry bigwig Bob Lutz

I found the parallels striking...


How Bad Cars Happen: The Pontiac Aztek debacle

Bob Lutz on the dangers of totalitarian management.
By Bob Lutz October 10, 2014

The guy in charge of product development was Don Hackworth, an old-school guy from the tradition of shouts, browbeating, and by-God-I-want-it-done. He said, "Look. We've all made up our minds that the Aztek is gonna be a winner. It's gonna astound the world. I don't want any negative comments about this vehicle. None. Anybody who has bad opinions about it, I want them off the team." As if the public is gonna give a sh** about team spirit.

Blaming the (non)voters/buyers? Yep, there's some of that too...

Early on, the Aztek obviously failed the market research. But in those days, GM went ahead with quite a few vehicles that failed product clinics. The Aztek didn't just fail—it scored dead last. Rock bottom. Respondents said, "Can they possibly be serious with this thing? I wouldn't take it as a gift." And the GM machine was in such denial that it rejected the research and just said, "What do those a**holes know?"...

The danger with the totalitarian management style is that people won't speak up when there's a problem. They'll get their heads cut off or the messenger gets shot...

That last line sound familiar to anyone else?

One guy I informally interviewed about how the Aztek happened was one of the top guys on the project. And this guy, he looks at me and he says, "I'm proud of it." Proud of the Aztek? "Yup. That was the best program we ever did at GM. We made all our internal goals, we made the timing, and I'm really proud of the part I played in it." He had tears in his eyes. It was almost tragic. Everybody wanted to will this thing to succeed, and it didn't work. All the emotional commitment and pride in the program was that it achieved all its internal objectives. And it was probably one of the great defeats in his life, or in his career.

Process over results...

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Fri Nov 7, 2014, 06:56 PM (6 replies)

Rifle-Toting Huey P. Newton Gun Club Delivers Report on Police Shootings to Feds


Rifle-Toting Huey P. Newton Gun Club Delivers Report on Police Shootings to Feds
By Sky Chadde Tue., Oct. 7 2014 at 7:38 AM

The Huey P. Newton Gun Club and the Indigenous People's Liberation Party stand across the street from the Earle Cabell Federal Building and Courthouse.

In hopes of raising awareness of police brutality, two groups walked single-file together through downtown Dallas Monday afternoon with rifles slung over their shoulders. The Huey P. Newton Gun Club, which marched down Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in August, and the Indigenous People's Liberation Party stopped in front of the Earle Cabell Federal Building and Courthouse. As about 10 members stood in a line on the sidewalk across the building's entrance, three members went inside and attempted to hand a report directly to U.S. Attorney Sarah Saldana.

They got as far as her division manager with the report, compiled from data obtained through open-records requests, which shows that the majority of victims of Dallas police shootings are from the minority community. It's the same report Dallas Communities Organizing for Change released to the media last week. To the marchers, the numbers in the report are evidence of a systemic problem of police abuse toward minorities.

Charles Goodson, one of the three who handed over the report and a Gun Club leader, believes the numbers in the report have been largely ignored by the city and police Chief David Brown.

"I think it's a great contradiction that they would allow us to get these records and then at the same time when we present them with the facts and the records that they've given to us they don't really pay close attention to that at all," Goodson said. "One of the main things we want to do here today is put that information forward to the community and get it legitimized."

Members of the Gun Club prepare for their downtown march.

Wonder what those that pissed all over a more recent group of armed demonstrators
in this thread:


will have to say about this- that is, if they don't studiously ignore it?

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sun Oct 26, 2014, 11:23 PM (10 replies)

Florida Supreme Court Rejects Cell Phone Tracking by Police


Fl. Supreme Court Rejects Cell Phone Tracking by Police

By Jim Saunders of The News Service of Florida
6:37 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Pointing to privacy rights, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday said police need to get warrants before using cell-phone information to conduct "real-time" tracking of criminal suspects.

Justices, in a 5-2 decision, sided with a man who was arrested in 2007 in Broward County after a search of his vehicle uncovered a kilogram brick of cocaine hidden in a spare-tire well. Police tracked the man, Shawn Alvin Tracey, through location information given off when cell-phone calls are made.

In a 46-page majority opinion, Chief Justice Jorge Labarga wrote that using the information without a warrant violated Tracey's Fourth Amendment constitutional rights, which protect people from unreasonable searches and seizures. Labarga, in ruling that evidence against Tracey should be suppressed, also pointed to the public's dependence on cell phones.

"We cannot overlook the inexorable and significant fact that, because cell phones are indispensable to so many people and are normally carried on one's person, cell phone tracking can easily invade the right to privacy in one's home or other private areas, a matter that the government cannot always anticipate and one which, when it occurs, is clearly a Fourth Amendment violation,'' wrote Labarga, who was joined in the majority by justices Barbara Pariente, R. Fred Lewis, Peggy Quince and James E.C. Perry.
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Mon Oct 20, 2014, 10:29 PM (2 replies)
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