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Tonight was a good night for those who want better health care coverage for all Americans

Senators Klobuchar and Sanders were great. They articulated why the ACA is the best current solution and needs to be supported. And Medicare for All was framed as a long term solution.

Christopher Cantwell, leader of Radical Agenda, and prominent in Vice's documentary...

...about the Charlottesville white supremacy riot is vile.

Stephen Colbert found him three years earlier -- pathetic and still interested in harassing people.

It's only 8 min long but it's enough.

eta: Someone else should post this as an OP because I think too many people have me on ignore.

Watching the eclipse with your smart phone.

So I live close to the zone of totality and eclipse glasses are sold out nearly everywhere.

Somone said to me that they plan on viewing the eclipsed sun via their smart phone.

I assume this would protect the eyes, but is that assumption, correct?

Also, would it damage the camera, screen, or other parts of the phone?

I feel like an idiot for asking, but I thought I should.

Vicente Fox (former President of Mexico) Savages the Donald

This is awesome. This may be the best comedy/social critique of Trump, yet.

It is primarily about the wall, but the zingers go way beyond.

I wish this weren't competing with Comey because every talk show would be playing it otherwise.

Oh. How I wish CNN would cut the mics of everyone not speaking

Or MSNBC. I would watch their channels more if they did.

Alyssa Milano Wants To Drive You To The Polls In Georgia


The actress Alyssa Milano is doing get-out-the-vote work for the Democrat fighting to take the suburban Atlanta congressional seat vacated by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, she and her colleague Christopher Gorham tweeted on Monday.

The election is set for April 18, and early voting began Monday.

Turnout in special elections is typically low, meaning that a big run-up of early votes can make all the difference on Election Day. The election in April will winnow the field to two candidates, who will compete in a runoff in June ― unless, that is, one of the candidates can win at least 50 percent outright in the first round. Democrat Jon Ossoff is polling strongly; with enough miles on Milano’s ride, 50 percent is not inconceivable, and would be a devastating rejection of President Donald Trump deep in Republican territory.

“I think people are shocked and happy to see us at their doorstep, but I also think they understand how passionate we are about gaining this seat once we show up and ring the bell,” Milano, who has had roles in “Charmed,” “Who’s the Boss?” and “Melrose Place,” told HuffPost in an email.

Thank you, Alyssa.

I'm glad Pepperidge Farm named a tasty cookie after you.

Cincinnati: 1:00am Sunday, 15 people shot, 1 dead (initial report)


Fifteen people were shot -- one fatally -- at a Cincinnati nightclub early Sunday.

The shooting was reported just after 1 a.m. at Cameo Night Club on Kellogg Avenue in Linwood.

Officials said that one person was killed, and at least 14 others were injured. Some of the victims were taken to area hospitals via ambulance, and others arrived via their own conveyance, police said.

Assistant Police Chief Paul Neudigate said that several of the victims have life-threatening injuries.

Guinea Pigs eating Brussels Sprouts

I this place is more of a cat videos hangout, but I feel my bliss watching guinea pigs eating their vegies.

Rep. Buddy Carter's Town Hall in SAV GA 02-21-17

Buddy Carter is a new US Rep who inherited Jack Kingston's seat after Kingston's failed Senate run. He's a typical pandering south Georgia politician who blends conservatism with Christianity doctrine. The only good thing I can say about Buddy is that he showed up and held his Town Hall meetings. I was ashamed of almost everything he said.

Some of those things were:
His condemnation of ACA, saying it was collapsing
Not supporting Emergency Contraception saying it was abortion
Saying the Bible tells us to support our leaders
Saying he would still undo ACA even if his constituents wanted it
Saying no to single payer
EPA "bureaucrats" is out of control and needed to be reeled in.
Media is out control and needed to be reeled in
Give Trump a chance. Give Devos a chance.
and then running out the back door (new nickname Backdoor Buddy).

On the other hand, I was very proud of the crowd, mostly. Liberals outnumbered conservatives 10 to 1 and they let him know it.

At capacity in the auditorium (300 people!)
Courtesy of Savannah Connect

Overflow crowd was at least 250 people!
Courtesy of Savannah Connect

Here is a video from an attendee. The Town Hall starts 30 minutes into the video. The sound quality isn't great, but its all there.

Courtesy of the good folks at Starlandia Art Supply

Here is a good summary of the event.

THE long-anticipated town hall meeting of Rep. Buddy Carter, R-Savannah, lived up to the hype in terms of crowd intensity and size of the audience, which packed the Armstrong Center auditorium to capacity well before the scheduled 3 p.m. start time this Tuesday afternoon.

The overflow crowd in the lobby of the Armstrong Center of those either too late to secure a space inside or preferring to be able to hold larger signs – prohibited in the meeting – loudly chanted “This is what democracy looks like.”

But answers to most actual questions were short in coming, both due to Carter’s largely rote and platitude-heavy responses and the crowd’s own unruliness and frequent insistence on yelling over not only Carter, but other questioners in the crowd as they attempted to be heard on the frequently malfunctioning mic and PA system.

I'm proud of Savannah. Usually we just don't give a shit about anything except drinking.

WaPo: Senior ATF official proposes loosening gun regulations

Looks like Ronad B Turk, the author of the white paper, might be vying for the top slot.


The second-highest-ranking official at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has written a proposal to reduce gun regulations, including examining a possible end to the ban on importing assault weapons into the United States.

The “white paper” by Ronald B. Turk, associate deputy director and chief operating officer of the ATF, calls for removing restrictions on the sale of gun silencers; allowing gun dealers to have more guns used in crimes traced to their stores before the federal government requires additional information from the dealer; and initiating a study on lifting the ban on imported assault weapons.

“Restriction on imports serves questionable public safety interests, as these rifles are already generally legally available for manufacture and ownership in the United States,” Turk wrote of the ban on imported AR-15s and AK-style weapons.

The 11-page white paper, obtained by The Washington Post, is titled “Options to Reduce or Modify Firearms Regulations.” The proposal opens with the wording of the Second Amendment and is dated Jan. 20.

Here is a link to the actual white paper:http://apps.washingtonpost.com/g/documents/national/read-the-white-paper-on-firearms-regulations/2325/

Here is my attempt to trim the list of suggestions into one sentence lines and my view:
1. New Federal Firearms License specifically for online and gun show sales.
Good:This may help increase NICS checks at gun shows which is something we all want.

2. Redefinition of “armor Piercing Ammunition.”
Good:This has long been overdue. Most deer hunting cartridges are 'armor piercing' by current definition.

3. Lifting the M1 Garand, M1 Carbine, and M1911 Army Surplus Importation Ban.
Good:This was the strangest prohibition that merely added fuel to the gun culture war -- these firearms are not fully automatic and very interesting to collectors.

4. Eliminating Law Letter Requirements.
Good:This only affects a small number of transfer of post 1986 machine guns from FFLs to FFLs and government agencies.

5. Reversing the decision on shouldering a pistol brace enabling the mass shouldering of pistol arm braces.
Good:This made no sense to consider the misuse of something as a "redesign" of that thing.

6. Redefine “Sporting Purposes.”
Good:Its clear that because of tactical sport shooting the definition of sporting purposes needs to be expanded.

7. Make agency rulings searchable.
Good:Knowledge is power.

8. Remove silencers from the NFA.
Good: I welcome this because silencers do not make firearms silent (just quieter) and this really will protect hearing and reduce problems with ranges near other properties.

9. Allow interstate firearms sales at gun shows.
Good: This makes sense.

10. Reclassify “destructive devices” so that only the launcher, not the munition, is considered the registered “destructive device.”
Good, but I can see why some people might be worried about how this might increase the lawful purchases of multiple munition DDs. I'll definitely pick up a launcher for one of my ARs.

11. Raise the threshold for “grey market” records reporting.
Ok: Neutral change.

12. Eliminate “multiple gun reporting” for border states.
OK: The FFL rules should be consistent across all states.

13. Reduce record retention requirements.
Ok:but we really should go digital.

14. Allow NICS checks for non-gun purchases like running a NICS check on prospective gun store employees.
Good: Makes a lot of sense.

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