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What action should this hospital take?

A psychiatric outpatient opened fire Thursday inside a psychiatrist's office at a hospital near Philadelphia, killing his caseworker and slightly wounding the doctor, who shot the gunman with his personal firearm, authorities said.
A sign tells visitors to the wellness center to check weapons at the front, a medical technician toldThe Philadelphia Inquirer.
Hospital policy allows only on-duty law enforcement officers to carry weapons on campus, a Mercy Health System spokeswoman told the Associated Press.

To be clear- consider this event in isolation. The doctor stopped a shooting but was in violation of policy.

I am not claiming this incident proves nor disproves any pro/anti firearm policy.

On gun laws, Mass. emerges as a model

This policy issue seems to be an excellent model, common sense controls combined with respect for rights. It also shows there is a middle ground between the loud, extremist positions.
Hopefully Mass. will pass this into law and it will succeed in reducing violence.

On Wednesday, Beacon Hill experienced a surreal day. In a country where gun-control proposals usually provoke a harsh backlash from uncompromising gun-rights advocates, the Massachusetts House passed legislation to tighten up the state’s already tough gun laws, and it was praised by both gun control advocates and gun rights lobbyists. With the vote, the state has turned itself into a leader when it comes to bridging what often seems like an intractable gulf between the two sides.

“Overall, I’m thrilled,” said John Rosenthal, head of Stop Handgun Violence and the creator of the Massachusetts Turnpike billboard that currently estimates 50,000 Americans have died from gun violence since the Newtown, Conn., elementary school massacre in 2012. “It’s the first time in a long time where everyone could be heard.”

Concurring was the organization one might least expect, the Gun Owners Action League. The state affiliate of the National Rifle Association called the bill “a great victory for Second Amendment advocates in Massachusetts.”

GOAL won several changes to the original legislation, including the requirement that police chiefs who deny a gun permit explain why in writing and that state suicide data collection include all forms of suicides, not just those from firearms. Another change allows private firearms sales to be made via a state online portal rather than forcing buyers and sellers to complete the transaction at a licensed dealer.


Credit due to SecularMotion for bringing this to attention in RKBA

High speed chase

White bear ave and Maplewood st paul east side

Be careful if you are driving in the area


Golden Glove and Golden Ball?

EDIT>crap He was human after all

Soucheray: The good priests deserve better archbishops

Joe Soucheray wrote a good column on the St. Paul-Mpls Archdioceses in the paper today
Soucheray: The good priests deserve better archbishops
By Joe Soucheray
POSTED: 06/07/2014 09:10:36 AM CDT | UPDATED: ABOUT 8 HOURS AGO

The average parish priest is a working stiff who is on call 24 hours a day. They hear confessions, celebrate Mass, visit the sick, write sermons, lead prayer groups, organize fall festivals, collect money to stoke the boiler, and, generally speaking, don't have two nickels to rub together for a golf game.

Some of these working stiffs go off the rails and commit sins against humanity, but certainly not the majority of them. Why, given the weakness of their leaders, their bosses, it is a miracle of the church that these working stiffs even still have a ship to run.

Archbishop John Nienstedt has been absolutely worthless in meeting the crimes against humanity -- the abuse of children -- square in the face. He thought everything had been taken care of by his predecessor, Harry Flynn, who was a gregarious guy out in public, to the point where you could feel comfortable calling him "Arch," because maybe you saw him at the next table at The Lexington and you picked up his check.

Now, Flynn's testimony has been made public and it is sad to realize that he is just as worthless as Nienstedt in facing up to the priests who have gone off the rails, the priests who are giving the average parish working stiff a bad name.

Don't Forget Your Defibrillator! America's Top State Fairs

For millions of Americans, it’s as much of a summertime tradition as 4th of July fireworks, cookouts, and disastrous family vacations: a trip to the state fair. More than 170 years after the first state fair in Syracuse, N.Y., these massive outdoor gatherings continue to be hot tickets; the top 10 state fairs alone drew more than 12 million visitors last year.

And what’s not to love? State fairs are annual outdoor celebrations of Americana—places where the young and old can meet to enjoy rides, livestock competitions, live music, arts and crafts contests, and deep-fried everything-but-the-kitchen-sink concoctions that make their cardiologists weep.

Here’s a quick look at some of the biggest, most enticing state fairs out there. If you happen to live in one of these states, consider yourself lucky and go. And if you don’t, the great thing about state fairs is that they allow outsiders too!
I mirrored the poll with option for others

St. Paul man who shot teen outside store acted in self-defense, prosecutor says

St. Paul man who shot teen outside store acted in self-defense, prosecutor says
By Tad Vezner
POSTED: 06/05/2014 12:01:00 AM CDT | UPDATED: ABOUT 17 HOURS AGO

The Ramsey County attorney's office won't press charges against a St. Paul man who shot and wounded another man in a grocery store parking lot last month, saying the shooting was in self-defense.

On the evening of May 21, Bee Thao, 21, shot Keyonte Thompson, 19, also of St. Paul, outside Rainbow Foods at 892 Arcade St. Thompson, shot in the torso, survived after being taken to Regions Hospital.

Thao, who remained at the scene, was detained but not arrested.

A witness sitting in a car in the parking lot told police she saw Bee Thao come out of the store with a woman and child, with Thompson following them. The witness said she saw Thompson punch Thao in the face, before Thao pushed back with one hand, pulled out a handgun and shot him.
I lived in this neighborhood and shopped at this store until moving recently

A hero has passed...

Last of Original Group of Navajo Code Talkers Dies
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The last of the 29 Navajos who developed a code that stumped the Japanese during World War II has died.

Chester Nez, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, died Wednesday morning of kidney failure, said Judy Avila, who helped Nez write his memoirs. He was 93.

Before hundreds of men from the Navajo Nation became Code Talkers, 29 Navajos were recruited to develop the code based on the then-unwritten Navajo language. Nez was in 10th grade when he enlisted, keeping his decision a secret from his family and lying about his age, as did many others.

"It's one of the greatest parts of history that we used our own native language during World War II," Nez told The Associated Press in 2010. "We're very proud of it."

Despite all of the wrongs, when they were needed the Navajo and other Natives stepped forward when called.

Teddy Roosevelt Park

Spent a week in ND. Beautiful place even if it is a bit Republican

A highlight is always to visit TR Park. If ever out there it is well worth the stop. Unbelievable scenery, animals galore, great hiking trails...

We weren't able to hike as much. The main buffalo herd was mostly cows and calves. The bulls were scattered all over the place; usually 50 yards in on a trail. That pretty much makes it his trail. Still it is always wonderful to see how these beautiful animals have returned to their range.


Bulls take down bullfighters but still lose in Spain
By Al Goodman, CNN
updated 9:54 AM EDT, Thu May 22, 2014

Madrid (CNN) -- Chalk one up for the first two bulls at Spain's top annual bullfighting festival.

Between them, they gored or bashed three bullfighters, putting them out of action, and forcing authorities to suspend a bullfight at the San Isidro Festival in Madrid for the first time in 35 years, said a spokesman for Las Ventas bullring, who by custom is not identified.

In front of a sold-out crowd of 24,000 at the historic bullring on Tuesday -- and a national television audience -- the first bull, weighing just over half a ton (532 kilograms) gored the first bullfighter, David Mora, in the left leg. He had to leave to get medical treatment.
But the tradition says the bull must die, so in stepped the second bullfighter, Antonio Nazare, who finished him off.

Next, it was time for the second bull, weighing slightly more than the first at 537 kilograms. He would prove even more dangerous.


This "sport" needs to fade into history

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