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Why the NRA fights background checks

By John J. Donohue, Special to CNN
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Federal law prohibits selling guns to felons or the mentally ill. Background checks are the only way to enforce that law. So, besides criminals and the insane, who could possibly oppose universal background checks? Gun manufacturers.

They are the ones who call the shots at the NRA, and they are the most important people in the opposition. The manufacturers don't want anything that interferes with total gun sales and profits.

Background checks would impose a minor burden on gun transactions, but more importantly, limit the size of the market (and therefore, profits) in two ways. The direct loss of profit comes because closing the current gaping loophole in the background check system will shut off sales to criminals and the mentally ill who are effectively free to buy all the guns they want at gun shows and through private transactions.

But there is also an indirect loss of profit: Cutting off sales to the mentally ill and criminals will reduce crime and thereby reduce the public's demand for guns for self-protection.

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http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/10/opinion/donohue-background-checks/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

Police: U.S. couple who fled to Cuba with kids vowed "journey to the Armageddon"

Source: cbsnews.com

Joshua and Sharyn Hakken seemed to have a charmed life, doting on their two young boys, buying a comfortable home and building successful careers as engineers. It all derailed last year when police in Louisiana found the family inside a hotel room with drugs, weapons and promises from the parents to take "a journey to the Armageddon."

The couple is now jailed on charges they kidnapped the boys from their grandparents in Florida and sailed to Cuba on a boat called "Salty" to elude U.S. authorities. The family arrived in Florida early Wednesday morning, accompanied by federal, state and local authorities after being handed over by Cuban officials. Four-year-old Cole and 2-year-old Chase are now with their grandparents and their parents in jail, closing a bizarre ordeal that began with an Amber Alert and ended with diplomatic intervention.

Friends of the couple said the family seemed happy and had no marital problems. "This is a train that went completely off the tracks, and I don't have any explanation for how it can go off the track that badly basically in a year and a half. It's very bizarre," said Darrell Hanecki, who employed Sharyn Hakken for nearly a decade at Hanecki Consulting Engineers.
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The blinds at the Hakken household were drawn tight Wednesday. An "infowars.com" bumper sticker was pasted on their mailbox, a reference to conservative radio personality Alex Jones' Web site. A white SUV was in the driveway where neighbors said they usually saw a small boat parked. The boat was such a common presence that it was noticeable when it disappeared last week, said neighbor Simon Castillo.

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Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57578940/police-u.s-couple-who-fled-to-cuba-with-kids-vowed-journey-to-the-armageddon/

Molly Ivins on Gun Control



From her 1993 essay "Taking a Stab at Our Infatuation with Guns" (The Seattle Times, March 15, 1993), she begins by saying:

Let me start this discussion by pointing out that I am not anti-gun. I'm pro-knife. Consider the merits of the knife. In the first place, you have catch up with someone in order to stab him. A general substitution of knives for guns would promote physical fitness. We'd turn into a whole nation of great runners. Plus, knives don't ricochet. And people are seldom killed while cleaning their knives. As a civil libertarian, I of course support the Second Amendment. And I believe it means exactly what it says: "A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." Fourteen-year-old boys are not part of a well-regulated militia. Members of wacky religious cults are not part of a well-regulated militia. Permitting unregulated citizens to have guns is destroying the security of this free state. I am intrigued by the arguments of those who claim to follow the judicial doctrine of original intent. How do they know it was the dearest wish of Thomas Jefferson's heart that teen-age drug dealers should cruise the cities of this nation perforating their fellow citizens with assault rifles? Channelling?

http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19930315&slug=1690536

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This facebook post came to mind when I read Molly's riff on how "permitting unregulated citizens to have guns is destroying the security of this free state":

26 guns at home of man accused of Calif. threats

Police found 26 guns, thousands of bullets and dozens of high-capacity ammunition magazines at the home of a Santa Clara man charged with threatening to kill a state lawmaker over proposed gun control legislation, according to search warrants unsealed Thursday.

Authorities also reported finding what they describe as a homemade "destructive device" at the home of Everett Basham.

The 45-year-old was charged in February with possessing assault weapons, explosives and bomb-making materials, as well as threatening state Sen. Leland Yee. The Democrat from San Francisco has proposed legislation that would limit the rapid reloading of assault weapons.

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...they seized and planned to analyze numerous computers, hard drives and cellphones seized from Basham, who once briefly worked for Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Wozniak.

http://www.sacbee.com/2013/03/28/5300340/26-guns-at-home-of-man-accused.html#storylink=cpy

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Hmmm, a computer nerd and a gun nut. Now where have I seen that before? Oh yeah...


Greek soccer player gets life ban for Nazi salute

AEK Athens midfielder Giorgos Katidis has been banned from any Greek national team for life after giving a Nazi salute while celebrating a goal in the Greek league.

Greece's football federation said Sunday in a statement that the player's gesture "is a deep insult to all victims of Nazi brutality."

The 20-year-old Katidis gave a Nazi salute after scoring the winner in AEK's 2-1 victory over Veria on Saturday. His action provoked an immediate and overwhelmingly negative response on social media. Katidis apologized on TV and Twitter, pleading ignorance about the meaning of the salute. "I am not racist in any way," Katidis said on his Twitter account, according to a Google translation.

AEK and the Greek league are also considering separate sanctions. AEK could also be penalized.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57574753/greek-soccer-player-gets-life-ban-for-nazi-salute/


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Didn't know it was a Nazi salute? Riiiight.



Video of an otherwise sweet goal, followed by his dumbass buffoonery:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/17/giorgos-katidis-banned-life-nazi-salute_n_2895619.html

President Obama: There Is No Debt Crisis

Source: ABCNews.com

There has been no shortage of dire warnings about the mounting US national debt, but President Obama is now offering a different assessment: no big deal.

“We don’t have an immediate crisis in terms of debt,” President Obama said in an exclusive interview with George Stephanopoulos for “Good Morning America.” “In fact, for the next 10 years, it’s gonna be in a sustainable place.”

It’s an assessment that will throw cold water on the latest attempt to achieve a so-called grand bargain to reduce the deficit. After all, a grand bargain would require excruciatingly difficult decisions for both sides — for Republicans, it would mean raising taxes, and for Democrats, cutting future spending on cherished programs like Social Security and Medicare. If there is no crisis, why would either side do it?



Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/

Leo Carrillo Beach this afternoon (Pics)

I happened to stop just north of Malibu at Leo Carrillo Beach and all I had was my smartphone but I managed to snap these three pics showing the gorgeous day we were having this last day of February.



Treasure hunting in the tidepools.


Lonely lifeguard tower.


Bird rock.

Number of male nurses triple; average pay: $60,700/yr. Female nurse average pay: $51,100.

"A new study from the United States Census Bureau reports the number of male nurses has more than tripled since the 1970s. Back then, about 2.7 percent of registered nurses were men. The new study, which tracked data through 2011, finds that men now make up 9.6 percent of all employed nurses in the United States - about 330,000 men in total.
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Speaking of wages, the report found male nurses on average make more money than their female counterparts. Full-time female nurses who work year-round earned 91 cents for every dollar male nurses earned. That's still less than the gap across other occupations, according to the report, where women earned 77 cents to the dollar men earned.

Men were found to be more likely to become nurse anesthetists, which is the highest paid nursing occupation, and were found least likely to become licensed practical or licensed vocational nurses, the lowest paid types of nursing. Nurse anesthetists are required to get graduate education, and are certified to give anesthesia and monitor patients recovering from anesthesia. Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses provide patient care and may work under the supervision of a registered nurse. Registered nurses assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, maintain medical records, and administer care.

For all types of nursing, men earned, on average, $60,700 per year, while women earned $51,100 per year."

"Even among men and women in the same nursing occupations, men outearn women," wrote the report's author, Liana Christin Landivar of the U.S. Census Bureau.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57571330/number-of-male-u.s-nurses-triple-since-1970/

Single Payer Rallies Set for Monday in LA & Sacramento

Single Payer supporters are invited to join public rallies at noon on Monday, February 11 in Sacramento and in downtown Los Angeles. Free bus transportation (bus info here: https://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/1886/images/hc-cahpsa-rally-sacto-0211132.pdf ) to the State capitol is offered in nine Northern California cities. The State Capitol Lobby Day March and Rally, lead by hundreds of health profession students, will converge on the Capitol steps.

The Los Angeles Rally also starts at noon at the headquarters of Anthem Blue Cross at 8th and South Figueroa Street. See this Flyer from the Campaign for a Healthy California for details. https://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/1886/images/LA%20Lobby%20Flyer%201-23%20Union%20Bug%20(3).pdf

A coalition of groups, like California OneCare and Campaign for a Healthy California, are demanding that our state legislators establish a permanent solution to our health care crisis by expanding Medicare to all.

Ronald Gilbert Murder: Calif. doctor fatally shot in exam room; suspect in custody

(CBS/AP) NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. - A California doctor was fatally shot Monday in an examination room of an Orange County medical office and the man who police believe shot him was taken into custody in the same room without a struggle, authorities said.

The victim was identified as 52-year-old urologist Ronald Gilbert, who was shot multiple times in the upper chest and was pronounced dead at the scene, CBS Los Angeles reports. The suspect was reportedly a former patient of Gilbert's a few years ago.

Newport Beach police spokeswoman Kathy Lowe told The Associated Press that several 911 calls reported six or seven shots fired at the medical office near Hoag Hospital in Orange County.

Lowe said officers found a man dead from gunshot wounds in a patient examination room. Police took into custody another man in the room who they believe shot the victim.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57566382-504083/ronald-gilbert-murder-calif-doctor-fatally-shot-in-exam-room-suspect-in-custody/
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This incredible doctor was a family friend; his loving wife and small children have been robbed of him. The horror of this murder, and gun violence in general, is just too much to bear.
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