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More subpoenas could come in the Fast and Furious case

http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/local_news/investigations/more-subpoenas-could-come-in-the-fast-and-furious-case

More subpoenas could come in the Fast and Furious case

Posted: 01/25/2012

By: Lori Jane Gliha


PHOENIX - More subpoenas could be coming in the Congressional investigation into ATF’s controversial Fast and Furious case.

In a letter sent Tuesday to the US Attorney General Eric Holder, Rep. Darrell Issa reserved the right to re-request testimony from Patrick Cunningham, chief of the criminal division of the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Arizona.

Cunningham had been subpoenaed to testify during a January 24, 2012 Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing, but last week, Cunningham’s attorney responded to the subpoena by saying his client would “assert his constitutional privilege not to be compelled to be a witness against himself.”

“Mr. Cunningham’s broad assertion of his Fifth Amendment privilege raises the specter that the Department has allowed him to continue in his position as Chief of the Criminal Division knowing that he might have criminal culpability himself,” Issa wrote in the letter to Holder...


Issa should immunize Cunningham and start asking him some awkward questions.
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Jan 26, 2012, 01:53 PM (1 replies)

Radical right-wingers like the President?

http://azstarnet.com/news/opinion/mailbag/president-obama-we-must-seek-agreement-on-gun-reforms/article_011e7118-8951-5206-a878-39bfbc9dc89d.html#ixzz1kV5SUkry


Now, like the majority of Americans, I believe that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms. And the courts have settled that as the law of the land. In this country, we have a strong tradition of gun ownership that's handed from generation to generation. Hunting and shooting are part of our national heritage. And, in fact, my administration has not curtailed the rights of gun owners - it has expanded them, including allowing people to carry their guns in national parks and wildlife refuges.

The fact is, almost all gun owners in America are highly responsible. They're our friends and neighbors. They buy their guns legally and use them safely, whether for hunting or target shooting, collection or protection. And that's something that gun-safety advocates need to accept...


Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Wed Jan 25, 2012, 09:20 PM (0 replies)

Wait, it gets better:

IMPACT OF STARBUCKS BOYCOTT: Fineman says, "Starbucks steadfast support of the NRA's lethal pro-gun agenda damages its 'socially conscious company' brand. Further," adds Fineman, "Monte Carlo Simulation risk analysis indicates that 90% of the time, our boycott will reduce Starbucks stock price by an amount no rational company would allow."


IOW: "We're going to try what the Brady Campaign already failed at, but fully expect better results"

I'm going to get a couple pounds of Blonde Roast to try at home, myself...
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Wed Jan 25, 2012, 03:25 AM (0 replies)

Uncritical acceptance for a pronunciamento from Mayor 1%? Very telling, that.

I could understand saying something on the order of: "You know, I disagree with with So-and-So about most issues, but they're on the money in this
instance." Like Dick Cheney's stance on marriage equality, for example- or more importantly, most of the right wing's stance on the Second Amendment

But unless I'm greatly mistaken, no one that has commented favorably on Bloomberg's antigun jihad has offered any criticism whatsoever for
any of his other stances. To put it crudely, some DUers have swallowed his koolaid.
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Tue Jan 24, 2012, 02:37 PM (0 replies)

Indian-American group learns to shoot after break-ins

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/indian-american-group-learns-shoot-after-string-vi/nGNG5/


Posted: 9:51 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012
Indian-American group learns to shoot after break-ins

ROSWELL, Ga. —

After experiencing a rash of violent home invasions and robberies targeting their community, a group of Indian American men gathered Saturday at a North Fulton firing range to learn gun safety and for target practice.

The men said police can't always get there in time, and they want to be able to protect themselves...

...The men gathering at the firing range Saturday said they fear there could be copycats out there.

"This is my first time," Ashish Dhume said as he looked over a target sheet with several hits in the middle of the outline. "Some of our friends actually got robbed. We don't want to be victimized when we are at home.”...

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Mon Jan 16, 2012, 01:45 PM (3 replies)

You don't *have* to be a one-percenter to support gun control- but it helps...

After seeing support for Michael Bloomberg here, and also this in reference to Rahm's continuous efforts to violate the Second Amendment:
"Is it any wonder that Chicago attempts desperate measures when all allowed else fails?"

I thought this a perfect reply to those gassing about the NRA (repost from GD)

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1002171761

Emanuel's heavy-handed, planned "Sit Down and Shut Up" ordinance.


In anticipation of protestors, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced anti-protester legislation. He initially sought to soften the impact of the proposed ordinace by saying that the ordinance would be adopted temporarily for the upcoming NATO and G-8 summits in Chicago.

Then, during a radio interview, he clarified that his proposed increased in punishments to inhibit and restrict free speech was intended to be permanent and would not only exist just during the time of the summits.

As explained from the Occupy Chicago website:
"This ordinance consists of a host of bureaucratic tools created by and for the 1% to relegate, abridge, fine, arrest, and silence our speech. It is an attempt to bully and intimidate with increased police power and fines the brave working people who demand the ability to participate democratically in the organizing of our society. It is an attempt, by the 1%, to restrict and regulate the voice of the people when it upsets the structure that put them in power. The timing of the ordinance demonstrates that it has nothing to do with public safety but that its sole purpose is to stifle the voice and trample upon the constitutional liberties of all the people of Chicago. It is the blatant criminalizing of any public assembly that does not serve the interest of the 1%. It is the handcuffing of democracy. Occupy Chicago condemns this ordinance and demands that they be revoked. Those who are on the side of the democracy of the 99% will stand with us."

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/01/09-3

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sun Jan 15, 2012, 03:17 PM (4 replies)

They're happy enough to buy nuclear-generated electricity from France.

I await the announcement that Germany will no longer do so. In the meantime, I will be reading my way through the entire
Boston Public Library...
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Fri Jan 13, 2012, 02:54 PM (0 replies)

"...stop announcing and cheering for it on public websites". I certainly will not.

No right was ever protected by backing down and playing nice. That only encourages prohibitionists.
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Fri Jan 13, 2012, 12:07 AM (2 replies)

It didn't take very long at all

As Americans rushed to arm themselves over the festive period, the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report showed how 8,775 people had been killed in shooting incidents in 2010.

That number is expected to increase for 2011, according to Barry Krisberg, a criminologist at Berkley School of Law, University of California.

“Overall violent crime rates in the US are going down but comparatively, shootings and homicides are going up a little bit,” he said. “Last year we had both an increase in police officers shot and killed and also an uptake in citizens being shot and killed.”


http://www.democraticunderground.com/11728168

Murder not a top cause of death, a first in 45 yrs


ATLANTA (AP) - For the first time in 45 years, homicide has fallen off the list of the nation's top causes of death.

U.S. Health officials say the murder rate fell enough in 2010 to drop it out of the top 15 causes. Criminologists have not reached a consensus about what's been driving murder rates down in recent years...
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Jan 12, 2012, 01:28 PM (1 replies)

Aha! Found it- and it kills:

As usual with the Spiders they're all over the place, but it just adds to the charm



If you dug that (and if you don't already have it), I'd highly recommend this:

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Tue Jan 10, 2012, 01:43 AM (2 replies)
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