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VIDEO-- Gabby Giffords: "Be bold, be courageous, please support background checks."


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"Fight, fight, fight!"

"Be bold, be courageous, please support background checks."

Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly held an event at the very Safeway parking lot where she was shot back in 2011.

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I'd love to know how many of those very vocal gun zealots would have half her courage if they were in her shoes, if they had been on the brink of death due to a bullet in the head from one of their fellow Glock-semi-automatic-with-a-33-round magazine-lovers. How many of them would still be pretending that their Second Amendment rights would be snatched from them due to common sense gun safety measures if they experienced anything close to this:

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Remember: There was a "good guy" with a gun that day in Arizona, and he nearly shot a good guy without a gun:

But before we embrace Zamudio's brave intervention as proof of the value of being armed, let's hear the whole story. "I came out of that store, I clicked the safety off, and I was ready," he explained on Fox and Friends. "I had my hand on my gun. I had it in my jacket pocket here. And I came around the corner like this." Zamudio demonstrated how his shooting hand was wrapped around the weapon, poised to draw and fire. As he rounded the corner, he saw a man holding a gun. "And that's who I at first thought was the shooter," Zamudio recalled. "I told him to 'Drop it, drop it!' "

But the man with the gun wasn't the shooter. He had wrested the gun away from the shooter. "Had you shot that guy, it would have been a big, fat mess," the interviewer pointed out.


"I respect others' fears. Now respect mine: I'm afraid of the NRA."



Today's L.A. Times letter to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re "The NRA's hidden power," Opinion, Jan. 3

The NRA could not find a more appealing spokeswoman than Carlson. But let's look at a few facts:

The NRA was taken over by the far right in 1977 under the leadership of Harlon Carter, an anti-immigrant fanatic. As a teenager, he was convicted for murder (his conviction was eventually overturned).

The 2nd Amendment was not conceived in an era of 30-round clips. Today, weapons like the AR-15 are sold at gun shows. Why isn't the NRA at the forefront of responsible gun reform?

About 11,000 Americans are killed because of gun violence every year. Britain has fewer than 100 such deaths. The NRA position on addressing this is unacceptable.

Carlson wrote that the NRA's "power lies in its ability to tap into people's real and imagined fears." I respect others' fears. Now respect mine: I'm afraid of the NRA.

Peter Merlin

Los Angeles


WTF is the matter with Michigan? Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse...


Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said that union busting is “pro-workers! It’s a good thing! This is a positive thing for unions!” Then the union busting “Right-to-work for work for less” measure was signed it into law. It's important to remember that Michigan’s “Right to Work” law contains verbatim language from ALEC model bill.

Speaking of remembering, remember King Ricky's appalling financial martial law? That was the legislation that allowed one person to dictate all kinds of things without any input from voters. For example:

He could do away with unions, with police officers, mayorships, you name it. You voted for someone and they won? Pfft, fuggetaboutit. OUT.

You like that school your kid goes to? Nevermind. GONE.

You cherish democracy and thought it would always be The American way? TOO BAD.

Remember all my rants about the GOP’s goal of crushing unions as a way of denying Democrats their political funding which would lead to eventual single party rule? Me too.

And now Michigan's House has passed new version and sent it to the Senate all nice and repackaged under a different name, and they're pushing it right on through as they are wont to do:

The state House passed late Wednesday what the Snyder administration says is a new and improved emergency manager law, but opponents say is a warmed-over version of what voters rejected Nov. 6.

Michigan gun owners with extra training could carry concealed weapons in schools under a bill OK'd by a House panel Yes, guns in schools are A-OK with Michigan's "pro-life" Republicans:

Gun owners with concealed weapon permits could get additional training that would allow them to carry their concealed firearms in schools and at sporting events on school property under legislation approved Wednesday by a Michigan House committee.

The bill, OK'd 7-2 by majority Republicans along party lines, is awaiting potential final votes before lawmakers conclude their lame-duck session. [...]

Public schools - currently gun-free unless someone openly carries a weapon - would have to allow concealed weapons under the bill... [U]nintended consequences - more potential for altercations at football games or students finding teachers' guns in locked places.

Is it the right time to discuss responsible gun regulation yet?

Because Republican just can't seem to learn any lessons from the November elections, they decided to pass a bill attacking LGBTs and women. And to make double super sure that their so-called "small government" keeps their big paws off the rights of individuals, they included a "conscience objection" for health care providers who don't want to give that care when they feel it conflicts with their religious beliefs. Never mind anyone else's beliefs... or non-beliefs.

In other words, they get to discriminate against gay people and female people, even when it means that their well-being is at stake:

The Republicans in the Michigan legislature have passed a bill today that would allow hospitals, nursing homes or any other health care center to deny services that run contrary to the religious teachings or conscious of its leaders. This so-called conscience objection bill would open the doors for healthcare providers, insurance companies and employers to disallow healthcare services to anyone they find objectionable, such as LGBT people and women seeking family planning services including birth control and abortions.

There you have it, Michigan in a very ugly nutshell.


VIDEO-- Bob Costas responds to Fox News attacks: "Yeah, let's fire everybody we disagree with. It's beyond absurd!"


Via Media Matters, from the December 4 edition of Premiere Radio Networks' The Dan Patrick Show, where Bob Costas demonstrated (again) that he's a whole lot smarter than those on ClusterFox.

Re: Using the platform of a football game to discuss the murder-suicide by NFL player Jovan Belcher:

"If someone agreed with what I said, they would have no objection to where and when I said it."

"Sometimes the quality of the thinking of those who oppose you speaks for itself."

"Some people don't agree with what they THINK I was saying, and therefore, it would be okay if I was booted off the air... Yeah, let's fire everybody we disagree with. It's beyond absurd!"

Here's the back story Video- Fox & Friends Responds To NFL Player’s Murder-Suicide By Attacking Bob Costas For Discussing U.S. “Gun Culture”

By the way, is it time to have that conversation about responsible firearm regulation and closing gun show loopholes yet?


Gabrielle Giffords’ husband to shooter: Political class "afraid to do something as simple as have a meaningful debate about our gun laws."


The following excerpt must not be overlooked and deserves more attention than it's gotten so far. Gabby Giffords’ husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, spoke on behalf of his wife at her shooter's sentencing. He said the following to his face.

The entire statement is at CNN. Please read the whole thing, because it is as powerful as it is heartfelt:

We are a people who can watch a young man like you spiral into murderous rampage without choosing to intervene before it is too late.

We have a political class that is afraid to do something as simple as have a meaningful debate about our gun laws and how they are being enforced. We have representatives who look at gun violence,
 not as a problem to solve, but as the white elephant in the room to ignore. As a nation we have repeatedly passed up the opportunity to address this issue. After Columbine; after Virginia Tech; after Tucson and after Aurora we have done nothing.

In this state we have elected officials so feckless in their leadership that they would say, as in the case of Governor Jan Brewer, “I don't think it has anything to do with the size of the magazine or the caliber of the gun.” She went on and said, “Even if the shooter's weapon had held fewer bullets, he'd have another gun, maybe. He could have three guns in his pocket” – she said this just one week after a high capacity magazine allowed you to kill six and wound 19 others, before being wrestled to the ground while attempting to reload. Or a state legislature that thought it appropriate to busy itself naming an official Arizona state gun just weeks after this tragedy occurred, instead of doing the work it was elected to do: encourage economic growth, help our returning veterans and fix our education system.

Like many of you, I've been heartsick over the lack of interest and political will to do something about the lax gun laws and easy access to firearms in this country. What in the hell does it take? This isn't enough for them?


Future Supreme Court appointments matter. Voting matters.


If for no other reason, vote for President Obama in November if you support civil rights, gay rights, common sense regulation of firearms, women's rights, or if you aren't fond of a handful of billionaires buying elections, better known as the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision. If Mitt Romney gets in, we can pretty much kiss many of those rights good-bye, and expect corporate America and Mitt's 1% to have even more power than they do now.

Romney would likely replace 79-year-old Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a conservative, and President Obama could nominate someone more "liberal" to replace Justice Kennedy (76 years old) and/or Justice Scalia (also 76).

We have two feasible choices in this election. Either Romney or Obama will be our next president, so think hard before blowing off the incumbent if you were so inclined. And of course, don't forget how important the down ticket candidates are.

All of our lives will be affected when SCOTUS justices are replaced, you can take that to the corporate bank.

The L.A. Times:

Given one more liberal vote, the court would likely switch directions on campaign money and uphold laws that limit election spending and require the full disclosure of donors. With an extra conservative vote, however, the justices on the right are likely to go further and free big donors — including corporations — to give money directly to candidates and parties. [...]

Two separate questions are pending. The first concerns the rights of legally married gay couples. Several judges have struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, and ruled that the federal government may not deny equal benefits to same-sex couples who were married in states such as Massachusetts and Connecticut. [...] Also pending is California's Proposition 8 and the question of whether the U.S. Constitution gives gay couples a right to marry. [...]

The court's conservatives are also skeptical of the part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that puts much of the South under Washington's scrutiny

Other major cases before the Supreme Court this fall include human rights/abuse issues abroad, affirmative action, international wiretapping, and job discrimination lawsuits if an employee is sexually or racially harassed.

Make your choice. But whatever you do, don't allow others to make up your mind for you by not voting, thus allowing them to control the direction of this country without your input.



Video- Zimmerman's friend says Zimmerman's life has been taken away


For some reason my pity meter just ain't registering this bullshit. Yes, poor poor George went against what he was told, chased down an innocent kid and point blank murdered him and we're supposed to feel sorry for the p.o.s. shooter? Stuff it buddy and start honing your cake baking skills for your visits to prison. Asshat. Via.