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Ted Nugent’s collected Twitter genius

There will be as many reaction shots of the musician tonight as Paul Ryan. Here's your Motor City Madman primer

So Ted Nugent will be a guest at the State of the Union tonight, as the guest of Steve Stockman, a Republican congressman from Texas. We guess that Charlie Daniels and Lee Greenwood, the other top conservative musicians, were busy in Branson this evening.

But Nugent is far more than just some loudmouth know-nothing on the subject of hunting and gun control. And his election-related meltdown hasn’t smartened him up online. His Twitter is also filled with cooking tips, music and film criticism, vague threats in everyone’s direction — we’re especially concerned about that REO Speedwagon and Styx tour — and general ridiculousness.

On the other hand, he really likes Bruno Mars. And cilantro.

Take a look!

Dear corrupt power abusing fedzilla criminals-No u cant hav my guns. None of them. Dont trad on me, again

Posted by arely staircase | Tue Feb 12, 2013, 08:58 PM (1 replies)

Anybody else have only the internet on which to watch the SotU? And how will you feel

if anonymous kepps you from seeing it?
Posted by arely staircase | Tue Feb 12, 2013, 07:56 PM (3 replies)

Two officers wounded in shootout with Dorner

The Los Angeles Times reported that two police officers were injured on Tuesday afternoon in a shootout with fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner near Big Bear in Southern California.

Posted by arely staircase | Tue Feb 12, 2013, 07:13 PM (0 replies)

Would Lincoln use drones?

Lincoln probably would have loved drones, but may have held off using them to kill for strategic reasons

First off, Lincoln was obsessed with military technology and innovation, so there’s little question that he would have been intrigued by drones, had they been invented in the 1860s. He often personally witnessed demonstrations of new inventions and pushed for their advancement and field testing through the War Department bureaucracy, in part by promoting officers who held a similar love of innovation. Under his tenure, the Union became one of the world’s first militaries to use repeating rifles (a vast improvement over the single-shot muzzle-loaders it replaced), rifled artillery, machine guns, rockets, armored “ironclad” warships, and torpedoes, and he made advanced strategic use of railroads and especially the telegraph.

He would have loved to have had drones’ surveillance power, as he championed the unprecedented use of balloons to spy on the enemy. When the aging head of the Army initially rejected the balloon idea, Lincoln personally marched inventor Thaddeus Lowe to the War Department and declared that he would be head of the new Aeronautics Corps for the Army. “I have pleasure in sending you this first dispatch ever telegraphed from an aerial station and in acknowledging indebtedness to your encouragement for the opportunity of demonstrating the availability of the science of aeronautics in the military service of the country,” Lowe telegraphed to the president from a balloon over the National Mall.
We asked Yale Law School professor John Witt, who wrote a popular book about Lincoln’s code of war. As it turns out, Lincoln spent a lot of time thinking about these kinds of questions. On the eve of Emancipation, the president commissioned New York lawyer Francis Lieber to write the first modern code of war. The resulting guidelines (often called the Lieber Code) are more complicated that today’s left or right like to remember them, Witt argues, banning torture and poison gas on one hand, but also clearly designed to help the North win, on the other.

The code prohibited assassination, but what exactly counts as “assassination” is a debate that remains open to this day and started in antiquity. For instance, the Lieber Code was based on the thinking of 18th century Swiss philosopher Emmerich de Vattel, who laid the foundations for international law with his seminal treatises on the Law of Nations. In Volume III, he has a lengthy parsing of what it means to assassinate an enemy. A true “assassination,” on the other hand, must involve treachery, Vattel wrote. Usually, this would be someone who deceives in order to gain access to his target, such as an “emissary, introducing himself as a supplicant, a refugee, a deserter.” That, Vattel wrote, “is infamous and execrable, both in him who executes and in him who commands it.”

Posted by arely staircase | Mon Feb 11, 2013, 10:28 PM (13 replies)

Occam's Razor and the Pope

On the one hand it seems quite plausibly simple that the man so close to the last pope had sworn long ago that if ever pope himself, he would never go through such a public physical decline.

A more sinister possibility is that something horrible is about to tie him to the sex abuse scandals (and he already is to some extent.) Now I offer nothing but speculation, but it is an alternative possibility that really isn't any more complex or (im)possible.

Could be a little of both - something is about to come out and he is old.

But remember, no pope has done this since the 1400's. That and the worldwide scope of the sex scandals raises a flag.

Posted by arely staircase | Mon Feb 11, 2013, 07:40 PM (24 replies)

Not all DU Dorner Jurors get it wrong

here is one I alerted on:

At Thu Feb 7, 2013, 06:36 PM you sent an alert on the following post:

Bringing the war home! Los Angeles freaks out as former LAPD officer, Afghanistan vet and


This post is disruptive, hurtful, rude, insensitive, over-the-top, or otherwise inappropriate. (See <a href="http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=aboutus#communitystandards" target="_blank">Community Standards</a>.)


"Schadenfreude. Instant karma is a motherfucker." This post is a celebration of cop killing. Do the right thing.

A randomly-selected Jury of DU members completed their review of this alert at Thu Feb 7, 2013, 06:41 PM, and voted 5-1 to HIDE IT.

Juror #1 voted to HIDE IT and said: No explanation given
Juror #2 voted to HIDE IT and said: Celebration of killing anyone is despicable.
Juror #3 voted to HIDE IT and said: No explanation given
Juror #4 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE and said: It's a hot topic with strong feelings and appropriate for discussion
Juror #5 voted to HIDE IT and said: this is easy. no forum for ass-holes!
Juror #6 voted to HIDE IT and said: No explanation given

Thank you.
Posted by arely staircase | Mon Feb 11, 2013, 06:14 PM (4 replies)

Karl Rove but the hollow shell of the man he once was

The "genius" the "architect" "Bush's Brain" is now, on the heels of his election night humiliation, relegated to boasting that he is winning a race that isn't even happening for nearly 2 years by running attack ads against someone who isn't even a candidtate.


Karl Rove is officially a loser.
Posted by arely staircase | Sun Feb 10, 2013, 04:38 PM (22 replies)

Penelope Soto, Fla. teen who flipped off judge, apologizes and avoids 30-day sentence

(CBS) MIAMI - Penelope Soto, the Florida teen who was jailed after flipping off a Miami-Dade judge, avoided a month behind bars Friday after she apologized to him in person, reports CBS Miami.

Posted by arely staircase | Fri Feb 8, 2013, 06:38 PM (21 replies)

Was Lincoln wrong not to place every confederate soldier under arrest,

instead of just killing them by the tens of thousands without a trial?
Posted by arely staircase | Wed Feb 6, 2013, 07:18 PM (22 replies)

"survivalist with deep mistrust of the government"

That is the description that is emerging of the underground bunker guy/kidnapper/murderer guy. I think we will continue to hear from this type for some time to come. Obama's re-election was probably what let slip the last tether some of these folks had to reality.

Posted by arely staircase | Sat Feb 2, 2013, 03:57 PM (7 replies)
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