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"Suppose an undercover officer 'looks like' a robber and I shoot him...My bad."


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Can a "good guy with a gun" shoot a "bad guy with a gun" with 100% accuracy? The answer is obvious, as is pointed out in today's Los Angeles Times letters to the editor... because our voices matter:

Re "Gun madness in Georgia," Editorial, March 27

The National Rifle Assn. flourishes because people believe the big lie that there are good people with guns and bad people with guns.

No. There are only people with guns. When gun-toters get angry, greedy, frightened or psychotic, they shoot other people. Mix dense populations with easy gun access, and innocent people will be maimed and killed by bullets. That's inevitable.

Apparently no body count is high enough to stop the insanity. I just pray that I, and people I care about, can make it to the end of our lives without being shot.

Bonnie Sloane

Los Angeles


Suppose I'm legally carrying a concealed gun at a business when armed robbers show up. Fearing for my life, I just want to get out of the store, but the front door is the only way out.

Let's assume I can't tell who is whom by how they're dressed. How will I know which of these gunfighters to shoot as I try to get through the doors to safety? Should I just kill anyone between the door and me? Will any police officers who arrive know that I am not one of the robbers? Suppose an undercover officer "looks like" a robber and I shoot him, thinking I'm a "good guy with a gun" taking care of a "bad guy with a gun." What do I tell their families? "My bad"?

Jan Miller



AUDIO-- Rep. Paul Broun: Georgia will only go Democratic if "all these illegal aliens" get to vote


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Note: Apparently the audio code is messed up, so please follow the link below for audio.

Georgia Rep. Paul Broun said the following on a local radio show, via the Hill:

"It only helps the Democrats if we legalize all these illegal aliens in this country who the Democrats want to put on federal welfare programs, and actually they're on federal welfare programs today. The Democrats want to make them all basically dependent on the federal government so they can continue their radical, big government agenda. They want to get people so that they're looking to for bigger and bigger government.

"The only way Georgia's going to change is if we have all these illegal aliens in here in Georgia, give them the right to vote. It would be morally wrong, it would be illegal to do so, under our current law. Actually, all these illegal aliens are getting federal largesse and taking taxpayers' dollars. And that's the only way that this state is going to become Democratic again, in the next number of decades."

One: Hey Paul Broun, they are not "illegal aliens," they are people. People who are trying to make it. People with families. People who pay taxes. People who scrub other people's toilets and take care of other people's kids. People who are kids themselves, trying to get an education so they can contribute to society responsibly, unlike yourself. People who scare the crap out of you, because without their votes, you and what's left of your party are toast.

Two: STFU.

Three: If you, Paul Broun, are fundraising off of this kind of disgraceful disparagement, then it is you who is the moocher, the taker, benefiting politically on the backs of those who are struggling to make a better life for themselves. Without them, this country's economy would sink. By the way, genius, check out the image at the top of this post.

Here are all our Paul Broun posts if you want to read more about this brainless, soulless, compassion-less, racist ignoramus.


Cancer Strikes ACA Critic Day After Publicly Denouncing Pre-Existing Conditions Mandate


Ralph Hudgens

Ignorance isn't covered under the Affordable Care Act as a pre-existing condition. Perhaps it should have been. You're about to see why.

In Georgia, the Peach State, they have a Republican State Insurance commissioner named Ralph Hudgens. One could make a pretty good argument that he would have a working knowledge of insurance, what it is and how it works. Now that's an assumption but I think we can grant that much. We're not edging out too far on a limb.

So when he tackles an insurance issue in his state, there's reason for the people of his state to listen. Or so you'd think. Back in August, he told people in his state that he would do everything in his power to be an obstructionist to the upcoming Affordable Care Act.

Earlier this week Commissioner Hudges took to the dais and told the audience that he was firmly against Obamacare. His main target was pre-existing conditions and why he felt that forcing insurance companies to provide coverage to those so afflicted was wrong. In his analogy, it's like calling a car insurance company the day after you've been in a car accident that WAS YOUR FAULT and asking for collision coverage. A purchase after the fact. So in essence, he's equating a pre-existing condition to being your fault.

Hopefully Karma is covered under his current plan. This week, after speaking out against Obamacare and it's pre-existing coverage, he was diagnosed as having prostate cancer. I'm not wallowing in that, by any means. It's terrible and I hope he can be treated and live a long life, though politically, I'm hoping he's not as lucky. Maybe he should consider this. Without the ACA going into effect January 1, 2014, his coverage would very likely be dropped and no other company would pick him up -- because of a pre-existing condition.


Hudgens was forced to swallow his words Wednesday after the Georgia Democratic Party circulated footage of him comparing pre-existing conditions to at-fault car wrecks. Making the case against Obamacare's requirement that insurers accept those with pre-existing conditions, Hudgens suggested that such conditions were the fault of those who have them, in the way a car accident is the driver's fault.

Now prostate cancer, to the best of my knowledge isn't the victim's fault unlike his car accident analogy. Now perhaps he'll temper his public displeasure with the healthcare law, maybe even come to embrace it, because Obamacare could be all that separates him from financial devastation.

This is the problem with the Republican unified opposition to the ACA. They just don't know what they're talking about. It's trying to fight a law that helps, not hurts so many. Illness or discovery of a condition can come at any time, at any place and at any age, to anyone.

Republicans are currently targeting young people, "the invincibles" as they are called, and telling them they don't need insurance. They're being encouraged to break the law and not sign up. That's wrong. Tragedy doesn't have a calendar or timeline. It doesn't have a calendar you can look at in advance. So, you carry insurance, just in case your number gets called, like Ralph Hudgens.

Just watch Commissioner Hudgens the day before he got his health news -- he's laughing and making fun with a horrible analogy between a car accident and Obamacare. I bet he's not laughing so hard now.


Georgia To Teh Poors- No More Free Obamaphones For YOU!



How can they charge a fee for a program that the FEDERAL government pays for?

(Reuters) - Georgia on Tuesday became the first U.S. state that will begin charging low-income residents $5 per month for cell phone service now provided for free by federal taxpayers.

The new fee is already under court challenge by the cell phone industry trade association, which filed suit against Georgia months ago even before the measure received final approval on Tuesday.

The fee is designed to reduce fraud in the federally subsidized Lifeline program, state Public Service Commissioner Doug Everett said. Each household that qualifies gets 250 minutes per month of free air time.

Funding for the program, which was launched in 1985 to expand phone service for the poor, comes from the Universal Service Fee charged to land line and cell phone customers.

However, some telephone companies providing the free service are failing to adequately check household income and are not enforcing the one-per-household limit, Everett said.

So if the telephone carriers aren't doing their job, why not penalize THE TELEPHONE CARRIERS?

He said the number of Lifeline customers in Georgia jumped from around 100,000 a decade ago to more than a million in 2011, but is now back down to around 740,000.

Once again, anyone with active brainwaves can see a correlation between the damn Recession, real estate meltdown and jobs crisis and the need for these phones. But not Georgia. "Those people" are getting free stuff, and that HAS to stop.

The $5 monthly fee, scheduled to start January 31, will require that telephone companies send customers a bill each month. Telephone companies will keep the $5 monthly fee, but it will not fully cover the administrative costs of sending out bills, the commissioner added.


What's that smell? Why, it's the smell of Obama victory: US judge dismisses suit against Dodd-Frank Wall St. reform law


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Note to Republicans: Cordray was confirmed, so any questions about the legality of his appointment went bye-bye. Time to...

stfu shut your pie hole

To rub salt into that GOP wound, a U.S. district judge has now granted the Obama administration's motion to dismiss a  lawsuit filed by Georgia, Michigan, Ohio, Texas, and others who did not have standing to challenge the Dodd-Frank law.

Judge, short version: No harm, no foul. Now get outta here.

Take that, attorneys general of all eleven states.

Via the L.A. Times:

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a Texas bank, two free-market advocacy groups and 11 states against the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law, saying they did not show the likelihood of financial harm from the new government authority.

The suit specifically targeted the centerpiece of the law, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, charging the agency was granted too much power and that its director, Richard Cordray, was installed unconstitutionally with a recess appointment in 2012.

If Republicans would stop wasting everyone's time and money going after Dem-supported laws, maybe we could get a few things done around here.


Moms, children to hold Mother's Day events in 8 states to raise gun violence awareness. Details here!


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A press release from Mayors Against Illegal Guns:

Gun Violence Survivors Will Deliver Mother's Day Cards to Senators Who Voted Against Background Checks on Friday, Rally Against Gun Violence on Saturday
Roxanna Green, Daughter Killed in Tucson Mass Shooting, Releases Video Message
Mothers, children, and others who have been affected by gun violence will gather in eight states for Mother’s Day events this Friday and Saturday to raise gun violence awareness. This week those affected by gun violence gathered to create Mother's Day cards for their U.S. Senators, urging them to stand with moms across the country to prevent gun violence. They will deliver those cards to their U.S. Senators at Friday events and rally to end gun violence at events on Saturday. Recent independent polls that have found that more than 90 percent of Americans support background checks for all buyers.  
Americans can sign a Mother’s Day card urging their Senator to take action on gun violence here.
In addition, to mark Mother’s Day and the nationwide events, Roxanna Green, whose nine-year-old daughter Christina-Taylor Green was killed in the 2011 Tucson mass shooting, released a video message. Link to the video here.
The events and rallies will be held in states of Senators who voted against bipartisan legislation proposed by NRA A-rated Senators Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey that would have closed the loopholes that make it easy for criminals and other dangerous people to get guns, including: Senators Kelly Ayotte (NH), Richard Burr (NC), Saxby Chambliss (GA), Dan Coats (IN), Jeff Flake (AZ), Dean Heller (NV), Johnny Isakson (GA) and Rob Portman (OH).
Event details are below (all times local.)
What: Mother’s Day Card Signing Rally – Mothers will then deliver cards to Senator Flake’s Tucson office 
Who: Jocelyn Strauss, Chapter Leader of Moms Demand Action; Mayors Against Illegal Guns, concerned citizens
Where: Fort Lowell Park: 2900 North Craycroft Rd, Tucson
When: Saturday, May 11, 10 AM
What: Moms Demand Action Mother’s Day Walk and Rally Against Gun Violence 
Who: Co-chapter head of Moms Demand Action of Georgia Piyali Cole, Co-chapter head of Moms Demand Action of Georgia Melinda Ennis, Mayors Against Illegal Guns and concerned Georgians
Where: Piedmont Park, 400 Park Dr. NE, Atlanta
When: Saturday, May 11, 11:00 AM 
What: Mothers deliver Mother’s Day cards to Senator Coats’ Indianapolis office
Who: Moms Demand Action Chapter Lead Nicky McNally; Joantyonette (Tony) Grundy, whose husband and son were both shot and killed in Indianapolis; Mayors Against Illegal Guns and concerned Hoosiers
Where: Senator Coats’ Office: 10 West Market St, Indianapolis
When: Friday, May 10, 11:00 AM 
What: Mother’s Day Rally against Gun Violence
Who: Susanne Rallis of Moms Demand Action, Mayors Against Illegal Guns and concerned North Carolinians
Where: Freedom Park, 1500 Princeton Avenue, Charlotte 
When: Friday, May 10, 3:15 PM
Winston Salem
What: Mother’s Day Rally against Gun Violence and Petition Delivery 
Who: Brandon Dandy, who lost his brother to gun violence; Mayors Against Illegal Guns and concerned North Carolinians 
Where: Senator Burr’s Winston Salem Office: 2000 West First Street, Winston Salem, NC 
When: Friday, May 11, 2 PM 
What: Mother’s Day Rally Against Gun Violence 
Who: Kaaren Haldeman of Moms Demand Action; Joslin Simms, who lost her son Rayburn eight years ago to gun violence; Yolanda Bagley, who lost her son Jelani four months ago to gun violence; Brenda James, who lost her son Randolph five years ago to gun violence
Where: Sister Cities Grove at Durham Central Park, next to the Durham Farmer's Market at 501 Foster St, Durham, NC 
When: Saturday, May 11, 11:30 AM 
Las Vegas
What: Mothers and children deliver Mother’s Day Cards to Senator Heller
Who:  Local activist and concerned mother of four Leisa Moseley, Mayors Against Illegal Guns and concerned citizens 
Where: Lloyd D. George Federal Building, 333 Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas 
When: Friday, May 10 at 4 PM
What: Mothers and children deliver Mother’s Day cards to Senator Ayotte's Nashua office
Who: Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Granite State Progress and concerned Granite Staters 
Where: Senator Ayotte's Nashua Office: 1444 Main Street, Nashua 
When: Friday, May 10 at 12:00 PM 
What: Moms Demand Action Mother’s Day Walk and Rally Against Gun Violence
Who: Cleveland lead for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America Jane Burgett; Pastor Kristine Eggert, Disciples Christian Church; Christina Antenucci, MD, Doctors for Healthcare Solutions; Mayors Against Illegal Guns and concerned citizens
When: Friday, May 10 - 11:00AM
Where: Public Square, Corner of Ontario St. and West Superior Ave, Cleveland
What: Mother’s Day Rally Against Gun Violence
Who: Mother of gun violence victim Felicia Saunders, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Mayors Against Illegal Guns and concerned citizens
When: Friday, May 10 at 4:30 PM
Where: Worthington Village Green: corners of SR 161 and High St, Columbus
What: Mother’s Day Rally Against Gun Violence
Who: Marsha Grayson, mother of Honor Student Jeron Grayson who murdered while home on Spring Break; Ms. Sharon Fields of Healing Wounds Family Support Group; Reggie Roberts of Ceasefire-PA, State Rep. Ed Gainey and Mayors Against Illegal Guns 
When: Saturday, May 11, 11:00  AM 
Where: Rodman Street Baptist Church, 6111 Rodman Street, Pittsburgh

What I will not write about today



Sometimes I get so frustrated and/or disheartened and/or annoyed by some of the news stories of the day that I can’t bring myself to write about them. Here are a few recent reports that made my blood pressure hit the roof. I am avoiding delving into them at length out of concern for my physical and mental health.

And just to get you really riled up:

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See what I mean? So who’s up for a couple of Margs or a trough of wine?

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