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Redwings take game 1 in Boston!

I'm a fan but there is no way I would have predicted these youngsters could do this. One zip, without their captain Zetterberg.

Retired Supreme Court Justice's proposed potential amendments to the Constitutionsuggested

crossposted from Tx4obama's OP in the Politics 2014 (Forum)
http://www.democraticunderground.com/1251356055

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has a new book out, in which he proposes six potential amendments to the Constitution.
His 6th re. the 2nd Amendment;
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms when serving in the Militia shall not be infringed."
http://joshblackman.com/blog/2014/03/04/what-are-justice-stevenss-proposed-six-amendments/

Too bad it won't happen. An injection of centrist judges however, could revise recent precedent.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/02/23/1279131/-Should-we-amend-the-US-Constitution-Justice-Stevens-thinks-so-incl-2nd-Amendment-new-book

Another snapshot of the carnage.

A couple of days, Feb 7th, 11th & 16th from Tom Begnal’s “Another day in the (gun crazy) U.S.A.” (Not all fifty, just the 9 from Florida.) http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/02/16/1278018/-Another-day-in-the-gun-crazy-U-S-A
February 16, 2014 edition;
Lake Worth, Fla. -- A 4-year-old girl died when she accidentally shot herself after finding a gun in her home about 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
Cocoa, Fla. -- An 18-year-old male was accidentally shot in the chest and killed when he sat on a couch in a living room as a 25-year-old man in the room was making repairs to an AR-15 rifle and the weapon inadvertently discharged about 4 p.m. Monday. No word yet on whether or not any charges will be filed.
Plant City, Fla. -- Police responding to a call at a home about 12:30 p.m. Monday found that a 72-year-old man -- a retired dentist who had served four years on the city commission -- accidentally killed himself when a gun he was handling inadvertently discharged.
Lake Worth, Fla. -- A man accidentally shot himself at a gun range about 6 p.m. yesterday. No one else was struck by the flying bullet. No word on whether or not charges would be filed. No word on his condition.
February 11, 2014 edition;
Orange County, Fla. -- A 34-year-old sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed early this morning while responding to reports of car break-ins in a neighborhood.
Riviera Beach, Fla. -- A man accidentally shot himself about 9 p.m. Sunday. No one else was struck by the flying bullet. No word on whether or not he would be charged. His injuries were described as critical.
February 7, 2014 edition;
Jacksonville, Fla. -- A man showed up at a hospital about 9:45 p.m. yesterday with a gunshot to his midsection. His injuries were described as non life-threatening.
Tampa, Fla. -- A 27-year-old man was shot in front of a tire business by a 22-year-old man about 4:30 p.m. yesterday. The two had argued with each other earlier in the day. The victim was expected to survive.
West Palm Beach, Fla. -- A 47-year-old woman burst into her neighbor’s house about 11 p.m. Monday and waved a handgun at everyone inside because she felt they were playing music too loud. She was arrested.

Every once in a while I’ll read something that makes me think someone’s been reading my mind.

I’ve thought that!
Eg.
One great experiment of the Obama administration, so far, was to attempt to reel the imperial presidency back in (yeah, we're leaving surveillance off the table here). It was to try to get Congress to do its fucking job. But Republicans changed the rules of the game on Obama. If they had been playing baseball, they'd have said, "Okay, we demand four outs, five strikes, and no foul balls, just for us." And Obama would have said, "Sure. Now can we play?" And they would have said, "And you have to play without shoes and gloves." And Obama would have said, "Sure. Can we start the game?" And they would have said, "And each of us gets to fuck your wife in the ass on the pitcher's mound while you watch." And when Obama said, "No, that's bullshit," they'd've said, "Why don't you want to play baseball?"


http://www.rudepundit.blogspot.com/

MY version, H Ford told it better.

Harrison Ford told David Letterman a pair of jokes tonight.
One, paraphrased.
Some old timer is is being honored, a birthday or some such event. Presented with some lavish gifts in the ball room of a luxury hotel. He’s then escorted by his closest friends upstairs to a penthouse suite where they light up Cuban cigars and enjoy a snifter of a very expensive cognac then the friends depart. The bedroom door opens and a beautiful woman approaches and explains to him she’s there to provide super sex.
He looks and says…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Wait…………for …………………it………………………









“I’ll have the soup!”

Yesterday in Michigan

Two armed drivers are dead after a road rage-fueled clash at Ionia car wash. A 43-year-old man and a 56-year-old man pulled into the driveway of the Wonder Wand Car Wash at 426 S. Steele St., drew pistols and exchanged shots. Both had valid licenses to carry concealed weapons.
http://www.sentinel-standard.com/article/20130918/NEWS/130919404

The gun enthusiasts efforts to get more guns in more peoples hands in more places is bearing fruit.

Might “shoulder-fired rocket launchers” be protected?

Who is reported to have said; what sort of arms are protected under the Second Amendment. Might “shoulder-fired rocket launchers” be protected?.............. the framers of the Constitution put that amendment in there, after all, to preserve the right of the people to revolt against a tyrannical leader.
A. Ted Nugent
B. Wayne LaPierre
C. Ge Johnston
D. Justice Scalia
E. Don Kates

Answer at; 7 Outrageous and Downright Horrific Statements From the Right-Wing Fringe Just This Week

http://www.alternet.org/tea-party-and-right/7-outrageous-and-downright-horrific-statements-right-wing-fringe-just-week

Street cred. Why run when I can shoot someone, eh?

No Homicide Charges For Teen Who Shot And Killed A Man With An Illegal Gun, Thanks To Stand Your Ground By Nicole Flatow on August 7, 2013 at 1:56 pm http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/08/07/2427201/prosecutors-wont-charge-teen-for-deadly-shot-under-stand-your-ground-even-though-he-illegally-possessed-the-gun/

Florida prosecutors said Tuesday they would not file homicide charges against a 17-year-old who fatally shot a community choir director in the face, citing the state’s Stand Your Ground law. In a memo released Tuesday, prosecutors explained that Tyrone Pierson was justified in using deadly force when he encountered Julius Jerome Jacobs on the street, and Jacobs was wielding a ……………………….large ………………………………..stick. They concluded that even though Pierson possessed the gun illegally, and even though his friends successfully escaped the confrontation by simply walking away, he was immunized by Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, which eliminates any duty to attempt retreat first...............
Prosecutors cite a recent Florida appeals court decision that concluded, even though the famed Stand Your Ground provision passed by the Florida legislature in 2005 prohibits those who are engaged in “unlawful activity” from claiming Stand Your Ground immunity, that another provision amended at the same time authorizes the use of deadly force in similar circumstances with no explicit exception for “unlawful activity.”

Studies conclude SYG increases deaths, DUH.............

Politics USA references and comments on two studies that demonstrate what most folks already understand…… SYG laws increase the number of people killed.
http://www.politicususa.com/2013/01/04/draft-study-proves-homocides-stand-ground-states.html

http://econweb.tamu.edu/mhoekstra/castle_doctrine.pdf

http://ftp.iza.org/dp6705.pdf


I’ve referenced one before, and there’s probably more.
Please add if you know of others, including any that can be found that say otherwise.

Since SYG

Relative to Florida, the first full year after SYG went into effect (2006) saw the numbers (+28%) and rates of murders (+27%) and firearms murders (+42%) and firearms murder rate (+38%) increase significantly from the previous (2005) year. Since then they’ve declined modestly but for the most recent statistics available (2012) both murders and murders with firearms are still higher in numbers and rates than 2005. http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/Content/getdoc/332e1b3d-2648-4b06-8be5-d322f340c95d/1971_fwd_murder_firearms.aspx

Florida Statewide Murder by Firearm, 2005, 2006 & 2012.
Year Population Total Murders Murder Rate per 100,000 Total by Firearm

2005 17,918,227 881 4.9 521

2006 18,349,132 1,129 6.2 740


2012 19,074,434 1,009 5.3 721
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