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I have been on DU since 2006 under \"SteveM\" and later \"SteveW.\" Due to an account mix-up and a computer crash, I have \"rejoined\" as Eleanors38, but my history at DU includes the names cited.

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General Gun deer season starts in Texas Saturday!

One of the "ranchita's" owners will get the pre-dawn start, I'll get the p.m. time up on the mesa. Looking for 71 high, sunny, NE wind. As I write this, the rain in Austin has been non-stop since midnight; nice light show. Rain tapers on Halloween. Between deer both stuffing their guts after the rain and looking to get laid, I should stumble onto something to fill the freezer!

Starry, starry night.

A curious quandry for controller banners after the Navy Yard shootings...

There are many reasons why the Navy Yard shootings did not resonate with the public as the Sandy Hook tragedy did; I have speculated & posted on this previously. But another possible reason came into focus during discussions: Any call for bans was throttled because the banner belief system ran head-long into gun-owner "buying" activism.

Specifically, if controller/banners truly believe that "more guns = more crime," and any calls by elites in office and in MSM for gun bans & restrictions spur more gun/ammo purchasing (as happened after Sandy Hook), then the constructive thing to do is to zip it. Correct me if I'm wrong, but there were no wrap-around-the-block lines at gun shows, no runs on ammunition, after the Navy Yard killings. And there were no calls for banning anything, either.

This could be a curious but fundamental turn in the "gun debate" where one side has to mute its most impassioned calls for bans lest they start "putting out the fire with gasoline." (Apologies to David Bowie)

"Tour de force of false equivalency" -- Jim Fallows on WaPo's editorial on shutdown.

Right now on NPR. Fallows argues that much of MSM's approach to the shutdown reflects their fears of being attacked for having a liberal bias, and will not see the crisis as essentially the politics of the GOP's right wing. This is the second day in which Fallow's commentary has been carried by NPR.

Official: Wendy Davis running for Texas Governor.

Just now, YNN Channel 8, Austin.

Sign at big Fort Worth rally announces her candidacy. Big rally being held simultaneously in Austin. She will speak momentarily.
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