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Debate to Begin on Weakened Gun Control



It almost feels like a major victory, but it isn’t  It took a major effort to shame just a few Republicans to merely allow debate to begin on a very watered down version of gun regulation.  While it closes the gun show loophole, all it would take for someone who could not pass a background check to purchase an assault weapon with a 100 round drum is to have an acquaintance, who could, make the purchase for them.  The NRA have done to sensible firearms legislation exactly what their Republican cohorts did to health care reform and financial reform.  That said, it is doubtful that even this will survive, but if it can, we should take it and start over… video

Debate to Begin on Weakened Gun Control

It almost feels like a major victory, but it isn’t  It took a major effort to shame just a few Republicans to merely allow debate to begin on a very watered down version of gun regulation.  While it closes the gun show loophole, all it would take for someone who could not pass a background check to purchase an assault weapon with a 100 round drum is to have an acquaintance, who could, make the purchase for them.  The NRA have done to sensible firearms legislation exactly what their Republican cohorts did to health care reform and financial reform.  That said, it is doubtful that even this will survive, but if it can, we should take it and start over… video

Barrasso’s Oath
Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) is a medical doctor.  As such, he has to have had considerable exposure to the scientific method.  In addition, he gas to have taken the Hippocratic Oath, promising to do no harm.  Sadly, he seems quite content to ignore both…

Barrasso’s Oath

Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) is a medical doctor.  As such, he has to have had considerable exposure to the scientific method.  In addition, he gas to have taken the Hippocratic Oath, promising to do no harm.  Sadly, he seems quite content to ignore both…

Open Thread–4/12/2013
Personal news, a Jig Zone puzzle, 3 short takes, and a homemade cartoon (shown)… video

Open Thread–4/12/2013

Personal news, a Jig Zone puzzle, 3 short takes, and a homemade cartoon (shown)… video

liberalforever:

Amen!!
thepeoplesrecord:

270+ arrested in Montreal over freedom of assembly rallyApril 6, 2013
At least 279 protesters have been arrested in central Montreal during a rally against police tactics as police claimed the assembly was illegal, local media reported quoting law enforcers.
Protesters began gathering at Place Émilie-Gamelin on Friday evening, the Montreal Gazette website reports. Shortly afterwards police officer announced, via loudspeakers, that the demonstration was illegal.
Montreal police said three people were arrested for assault, while the rest were detained for illegal assembly, according to CBC News. No injuries were reported.
The protest was organized by the Anti-Capitalist Convergence (the CLAC) to contest a controversial bylaw.
The demonstration sought to “assert our opposition to bylaw P-6” in a year “marked by an escalation of police repression against political protesters in Montreal,” the CLAC said in a statement issued before the protest.
Bylaw P-6 requires groups to provide police with an itinerary of their demonstration beforehand. Otherwise police can declare the gathering illegal. The law also prohibits to wear masks at gatherings. The legislation carries a fine of CA$637 for the first offense.
In early March some 250 protesters were arrested in Montreal for violating P-6, as they gathered for an annual march against police brutality.
The P-6 bylaw was adopted following the surge in mass protests in Montreal in 2012. The city saw numerous massive student demonstrations last year as thousands protested tuition hikes. Some of the protests turned violent.
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thepeoplesrecord:

270+ arrested in Montreal over freedom of assembly rally
April 6, 2013

At least 279 protesters have been arrested in central Montreal during a rally against police tactics as police claimed the assembly was illegal, local media reported quoting law enforcers.

Protesters began gathering at Place Émilie-Gamelin on Friday evening, the Montreal Gazette website reports. Shortly afterwards police officer announced, via loudspeakers, that the demonstration was illegal.

Montreal police said three people were arrested for assault, while the rest were detained for illegal assembly, according to CBC News. No injuries were reported.

The protest was organized by the Anti-Capitalist Convergence (the CLAC) to contest a controversial bylaw.

The demonstration sought to “assert our opposition to bylaw P-6” in a year “marked by an escalation of police repression against political protesters in Montreal,” the CLAC said in a statement issued before the protest.

Bylaw P-6 requires groups to provide police with an itinerary of their demonstration beforehand. Otherwise police can declare the gathering illegal. The law also prohibits to wear masks at gatherings. The legislation carries a fine of CA$637 for the first offense.

In early March some 250 protesters were arrested in Montreal for violating P-6, as they gathered for an annual march against police brutality.

The P-6 bylaw was adopted following the surge in mass protests in Montreal in 2012. The city saw numerous massive student demonstrations last year as thousands protested tuition hikes. Some of the protests turned violent.

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No movement this diverse is going to agree on a manifesto, but any reckoning begins with the idea that fossil fuel is dirty at every stage, and we need to put it behind us as fast as we can.

randomness-from-thisoldguy:

The Huffington Post compiled news reports of gun-related homicides and accidental deaths in the U.S. since the massacre in Newtown, Conn. on the morning of Dec. 14.

Why Republican Minority Outreach Fails
Not Long ago, Rand Paul embarrassed himself and his party with a  condescending attempt to paint the GOP as attractive to Latinos.  Yesterday he was outright insulting, when he embarrassed himself and his party to black students at Howard University.  Republican minority outreach has one problem.  To succeed, Republicans must convince minority communities that obviously racist GOP policy is not at all racist… video

Why Republican Minority Outreach Fails

Not Long ago, Rand Paul embarrassed himself and his party with a  condescending attempt to paint the GOP as attractive to Latinos.  Yesterday he was outright insulting, when he embarrassed himself and his party to black students at Howard University.  Republican minority outreach has one problem.  To succeed, Republicans must convince minority communities that obviously racist GOP policy is not at all racist… video

When Corporations Agree They Aren’t People

Most of the time, corporations claim that they are people, as Little Lord Willard proclaimed during his failed bid to become President.  However, there are times when corporations agree they aren’t people.  One is when their officers claim immunity from responsibility for corporate crime.  The other, and the focus of this article, is every April 15, or the equivalent in their corporate fiscal year…

Open Thread–4/11/2013
Personal news, a Jig Zone puzzle, 3 short takes, and a homemade cartoon (shown)… video

Open Thread–4/11/2013

Personal news, a Jig Zone puzzle, 3 short takes, and a homemade cartoon (shown)… video