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Maryland Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession
In an eerily Cheneyesque Moment, a pro-gun Republican state representative from Oklahoma accidentally hit a fellow hunter in the side of his head with a shotgun pellet. He was aiming at a pheasant. Oopsie! To quote Maxwell Smart, "Missed it by that much!"
Thankfully, the Oklahoma shootee was fine, the injury wasn't serious Rep. Steve Vaughan was remorseful, unlike uncompassionate pro-gun conservative Dick Cheney, after he shot his hunting buddy Harry Whittington in the face. He was aiming at a quail.
And unlike uncompassionate pro-gun conservative Rafael "Ted" Cruz, who basically responded with, "meh" regarding Cheney shooting his friend: "Look, it happens."
"I just felt horrible about it. I just was sick," said Rep. Steve Vaughan, who wounded the man in the head with a 12-gauge shotgun as he was aiming at a pheasant.
“I’m a safety guy,” he said. “Gosh, I’m as safety as I can be. I was so mad at myself for even thinking about shooting the bird in this direction where I knew he was down in there.”
Taking responsibility for negligence and hurting people: What a concept. The GOP should try it some time.
I am not a gun fan, not even for sport. I understand the protection arguments, and the shooting game for food arguments, but that doesn't mean I like or even agree with them. IMHO, we'd all be better off and a lot safer without firearms, but they are legal, so...
Guns are killing machines. That's their only purpose, to mortally wound living beings. And that so many gun fondlers revere them excessively, that they actually think they can protect themselves against "Big Government" tanks, heavy weaponry, and military forces, is delusional.
If they're that worried about our freedoms being lost, maybe they should think about innocent lives being lost instead. And think about maiming living, breathing people, both physically and psychologically. And their embrace of a violent society instead of a peaceful one. And their so-called "pro-life" positions.
Regular readers know that fracking (which is when water mixed with sand and chemicals is injected deep underground at high pressure to shatter rock formations to unlock oil and gas trapped inside) is the new F word at The Political Carnival. I write about fracking a lot (scroll), and for good reason. For instance, tap water in the form of chemically induced flames spewed from faucets where fracking is prevalent, as is depicted in the excellent film Gasland.
Did you know that fracking is linked to methane risks: “When methane concentrations are that high, water can bubble like champagne.” Mmm, yummy. Cheers!
And don't even get me started on climate change.
Rachel Maddow has been all over this topic and is currently exposing the possible (ahem, probable) link to unusual and frequent earthquake activity associated with intruding on Mother Nature this way:
Today's Los Angeles Times front-paged a report about how "energy-hungry Britain" residents aren't too thrilled with the practice either; this despite Prime Minister David Cameron being a huge fan, "practically hailing as a miracle" the environmental mess the U.S. is creating in the name of keeping gas prices low.
But one activist, Hytham Chlouk, calls this so-called "miracle" "the selling of Great Britain." How right he is:
"This is the selling of Great Britain," Chlouk said, peering out from behind a pair of glasses and a mop of brown dreadlocks. "I don't want my beautiful country destroyed. I'd hate for it to be like some places in America that look like alien landing zones."
Hence the obvious reason for blow-back:
The deep-seated hostility is rooted in peculiarly British characteristics and experiences. One is the near-religious reverence among many Brits for the countryside, which makes them especially zealous in driving away any threats to their "green and pleasant land" of hills and sheep and hedgerows, whose beauty has inspired poets and soldiers at war.
Then there were the literally jarring events of the spring of 2011, when two small earthquakes struck near the seaside town of Blackpool in northwestern England. The larger registered a mere 2.3 in magnitude, but the tremors were big news on this seismically docile island — and even more so after government-appointed independent experts concluded that they had been caused by a new fracking operation in the area.
Protesters (they prefer "protectors") call the fracking efforts "rapacious capitalism" and are carrying signs that say things like, "Welcome to the desolate North. Now frack off." Well done, mates.
"Their sole motive is to make profit. They're not here to provide a service or to give cheap gas," said Tim Williams, one of the few camp dwellers clearly older than 30. "We don't want the countryside to be industrialized.... Without the land, what do we have?"
I'm sure we all know about spite -- we've either done something in that vein or have had it done to us. Well, the Republicans in Oklahoma are readying to chop off their noses to spite their face.
Only the Sooner State right-wing crazies could come up with something so silly and stupid that it makes you think there's going to be another land rush -- only this time to leave the Oklahoma territory. Get this, the state legislature is concerned about their same-sex marriage ban. Well, actually, they're one step ahead of that. They think their same-sex marriage ban will be challenged. To make sure no same-sex marriage happens in their fine state under any circumstances including federal/Supreme court findings, they're considering banning all marriage.
Think this is a Saturday Night Sketch? Well, it may become one, but first check out reality on News9.com:
So Oklahoma, what's next? Will all of the children of "married" couples become bastards? Can't wait for you deal with this one.
You know how some people see the glass as half empty while others see it as full. Well, there's a universal solution to this age old dilemma. Don't see the glass at all. Such is the case in the Sooner State, Oklahoma.
Mary Fallon is the governor of one of four hold-out states, firmly against recognizing same sex marriage in the military. She even points out that it's the law in her state that same sex marriages are prohibited, so she feels she's in the right there. Okay, I can see her dilemma. State vs. Federal. There's definitely a difference of opinion. But in this case, the military, including the National Guard falls under a larger umbrella of the Federal Government. Oh, the National Guard may be state controlled, but it's final orders must be approved by the Federal Department of Defense. Just ask all of those guardsmen and women who are serving over in Afghanistan right now. Their states didn't call them up, the U.S. did.
Despite a reprimand from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel expounding the military rules now fully accept and acknowledge same sex marriages, the individual states can't discriminate against them and must let all military, including the national guard, have full access to all military services and benefits. Anything less would be discrimination.
This didn't fall on deaf ears in Governor Fallon's state, which BTW is home to six military bases (including two Coast Guard - yup, in this land-locked state).
Sister, er, Governor Mary F's totally against discrimination. So she took immediate action. She's not going to single out same sex marriages and legal civil unions. She's going to restrict state services to ALL marriages, straight or gay. So now, if you're stationed in Oklahoma, and have a legal marriage or civil union, NO SERVICES by the state will be provided for you or your family. The governor has spoken. There will be no discrimination in her state. If you're married to anyone of any gender, you're out of luck. Single soldiers don't have to worry. They can still utilize state facilities under their military identification.
You gotta hand it to Marriage-minded Mary. In her spite of being told what to do against her will, she's not only lopped off her nose but also her entire head. She's a total moron. Here's how the wonderfully apoplectic Rachel Maddow summed it all up.
Tom Coburn suffers from delusional thinking. Just like the virus currently spreading through Walking Dead, you don't know you have it until it's too late.
How lonely it must be in the castle of the one-eyed king. Located somewhere in Oklahoma with a summer palace in Washington D.C., the King Crazy spreads his rule across the United States. The members of this blathering idiot's court are grand vizier, Rafael Cruz, court jester Mike Lee and of course the Florida Coconut himself, Marco Rubio. (all pretenders to the Dufus Throne)
With a mantra of the best defense is a strong offense, Kooky King Coburn has struck out at the leadership of his opponents. Putting aside the Congressional Rules of Civility, Dr. Tommy just publicly began the assault with a verbal attack. His target, the duly elected leader of the senate, is Harry Reid.
The boiling point was reached Monday when Tommy C. held nothing back when discussing his relationship with opposition leader Reid at a fundraiser in New York City, according to the New York Daily News.
"There's no comity with Harry Reid. I think he's an absolute a--hole," Coburn said at a gala for the New York Young Republican Club, as quoted by the Daily News.
Asked about the level of civility in the Senate, Coburn reportedly listed other Democratic senators that have "great relationships" with him, including Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
Three things wrong here. First, Coburn isn't bright enough to know, let alone properly use the word "comity." He probably meant comedy. We all know that when it comes to comedy stylings, Harry Reid is no Al Franken. So I'll have to give that one to Terrible Tommy.
And secondly, Chuck Schumer claims he's never been friendly with the late James Coburn, the equally late Charles Coburn or the acting late, Senator Tom Coburn. The closest that came to being was in the Senate washroom when King Tom was refused a hand shake by Schumer when Coburn hadn't washed before extending his hand.
And finally, "Asshole?" Really? This from an ordained Southern Baptist deacon? I bet Deacon Tom's sermons really were fire and brimstone oratories.
Maybe I'm just expecting too much. He's a doctor who votes against a woman's right to choose in her personal reproductive decisions, pushes for war in Syria, voices opposition to peace efforts with Iran, votes for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, votes against immigration reform, votes against health care reform, supports a government shutdown, declares there's no inherent harm in a debt ceiling default, and when all of those fail, he joins the fray in a chorus of name calling!
You go, Tom Terrific. Your insincerity ranks up there with the North Carolina voter official who's bigotry remarks were justified with "One of my best friends is... Negro."
You can call Chuck Schumer or President Obama your friends, but the hollow sound of that proclamation is all your subjects are really hearing.
A-hole? That's the best you can do? Maybe it's time we start looking for a stronger King.
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