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ROK Drop Open Thread – Dec. 29, 2013

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  • Liz
    4:43 am on December 29th, 2013 1

    Number one again! Booyah!

  • Glans
    5:39 am on December 29th, 2013 2

    David Kirkpatrick’s reporting at the New York Times challenges right-wing mythology about Benghazi. Read all about it at Media Matters. For the convenience of the ROK Droppin’ community, I extract two paragraphs:

    “Fox News, scores of Republican pundits, and Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsay Graham (R-SC), among others, dragged then-U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice through the mud for citing talking points that mentioned an anti-Islamic YouTube video on Sunday morning news programs following the attacks. Despite right-wing media claims to the contrary, however, Kirkpatrick stated that the attack on the Benghazi compound was in large part fueled by the anti-Islamic video posted on YouTube.”

    “Another talking point that right-wing media used to accuse the Obama administration of a political cover-up was the removal of Al Qaeda from Rice’s morning show talking points. Kirkpatrick, however, affirmed in his NY Times report that Al Qaeda was not involved in the attack in Benghazi.”

  • ChickenHead
    6:56 am on December 29th, 2013 3

    It’s hard to know the truth about Benghazi.

    Republicans and Democrats both lie and spin it for political ends. Obama is never open or transparent about anything that might hurt his ego. The government lies about everything like a sociopathic girlfriend. The left-leaning media has rationalized, excused, and covered for the Obama administration for 5 years and the right-wing media is increasingly full of shyt as well.

    This article from Britain, which generally has more honest US news, makes a pretty good case against what the NYT has stated. They can’t both be right.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2506545/U-S-government-knew-June-2012-al-Qaeda-pep-rally-jihad-Benghazi-including-calls-murder-American-diplomats.html

  • Glans
    7:15 am on December 29th, 2013 4

    Head, Ansar al-Sharia ain’t al Qaeda. They are local people who get started during the Libyan civil war. Some of them may very well have been among the “fighters” noted in the NY Times report as attacking the consulate in Benghazi.

    The CIA talking points used by Susan Rice were correct in leaving al Qaeda out of it and in saying that the “fighters” were enraged by the video.

    I’m not defending Islam, I’m not defending the murder of diplomats, I’m not defending al Qaeda. I’m saying that some specific Republican and media attacks on Rice and Obama were incorrect.

  • Retired GI
    7:55 am on December 29th, 2013 5

    “If civilization had been left in female hands,” she wrote, “we would still be living in grass huts.”
    Ms. Paglia relishes her outsider persona, having previously described herself as an egomaniac and “abrasive, strident and obnoxious.”

    One moment she’s praising pop star Rihanna (“a true artist”), then blasting ObamaCare (“a monstrosity,” though she voted for the president), global warming (“a religious dogma”), and the idea that all gay people are born gay (“the biggest canard,” yet she herself is a lesbian).

    Her indictment may be as surprising as it is wide-ranging: The military is out of fashion, Americans undervalue manual labor, schools neuter male students, opinion makers deny the biological differences between men and women, and sexiness is dead. And that’s just 20 minutes of our three-hour conversation.

    She starts by pointing to the diminished status of military service. “The entire elite class now, in finance, in politics and so on, none of them have military service—hardly anyone, there are a few. But there is no prestige attached to it anymore. That is a recipe for disaster,” she says. “These people don’t think in military ways, so there’s this illusion out there that people are basically nice, people are basically kind, if we’re just nice and benevolent to everyone they’ll be nice too. They literally don’t have any sense of evil or criminality.”

    Ms. Paglia argues that the softening of modern American society begins as early as kindergarten. “Primary-school education is a crock, basically. It’s oppressive to anyone with physical energy, especially guys,” she says, pointing to the most obvious example: the way many schools have cut recess. “They’re making a toxic environment for boys. Primary education does everything in its power to turn boys into neuters.”

    She is not the first to make this argument, as Ms. Paglia readily notes. Fellow feminist Christina Hoff Sommers has written about the “war against boys” for more than a decade. The notion was once met with derision, but now data back it up: Almost one in five high-school-age boys has been diagnosed with ADHD, boys get worse grades than girls and are less likely to go to college.

    Politically correct, inadequate education, along with the decline of America’s brawny industrial base, leaves many men with “no models of manhood,” she says. “Masculinity is just becoming something that is imitated from the movies. There’s nothing left. There’s no room for anything manly right now.” The only place you can hear what men really feel these days, she claims, is on sports radio. No surprise, she is an avid listener. The energy and enthusiasm “inspires me as a writer,” she says, adding: “If we had to go to war,” the callers “are the men that would save the nation.”

    ” Michelle Obama’s going on: ‘Everybody must have college.’ Why? Why? What is the reason why everyone has to go to college? Especially when college is so utterly meaningless right now, it has no core curriculum” and “people end up saddled with huge debts,” says Ms. Paglia. What’s driving the push toward universal college is “social snobbery on the part of a lot of upper-middle-class families who want the sticker in the window.”

    Ms. Paglia, who has been a professor of humanities and media studies at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia since 1984, sees her own students as examples. “I have woodworking students who, even while they’re in class, are already earning money making furniture and so on,” she says. “My career has been in art schools cause I don’t get along with normal academics.”

    But Ms. Paglia’s criticism shouldn’t be mistaken for nostalgia for the socially prescribed roles for men and women before the 1960s. Quite the contrary. “I personally have disobeyed every single item of the gender code,” says Ms. Paglia. But men, and especially women, need to be honest about the role biology plays and clear-eyed about the choices they are making.

    http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303997604579240022857012920

  • Bob
    9:07 am on December 29th, 2013 6

    it is our GUTLESS politicians who ALLOW this chit to happen (Benghazi).
    When you send soldiers off to war and have NO PLANS on WINNING, why are we going?? hmmm!
    Then when those soldiers come home shot up or brain damaged due to a roadside bomb, the VA denies them the medical care that they were promised!! The same politicians (of ALL parties) don’t care because “they got theirs”.
    Vote ALL the bums out!!

  • Glans
    12:24 pm on December 29th, 2013 7

    Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is fixin’ to renounce his Canadian citizenship. Todd J Gillman reports for the Dallas News.

  • johnnyboy
    1:05 pm on December 29th, 2013 8

    Again, the administration could shut down all the conspiracy and cover up accusations if they would just truthfully explain what happened that night and what decisions were made by the chain of command up to and including the president. If nothing insidious was at play and no major mistakes were made, why can’t they give us a full account?

    Maybe it has something to do with this:
    http://thelead.blogs.cnn.com/2013/08/01/exclusive-dozens-of-cia-operatives-on-the-ground-during-benghazi-attack/

    “Sources now tell CNN dozens of people working for the CIA were on the ground that night, and that the agency is going to great lengths to make sure whatever it was doing, remains a secret.

    CNN has learned the CIA is involved in what one source calls an unprecedented attempt to keep the spy agency’s Benghazi secrets from ever leaking out.

    Since January, some CIA operatives involved in the agency’s missions in Libya, have been subjected to frequent, even monthly polygraph examinations, according to a source with deep inside knowledge of the agency’s workings.

    The goal of the questioning, according to sources, is to find out if anyone is talking to the media or Congress.

    It is being described as pure intimidation, with the threat that any unauthorized CIA employee who leaks information could face the end of his or her career.”

    Just what exactly was going on over there?

  • johnnyboy
    1:36 pm on December 29th, 2013 9

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/29/world/europe/russia-train-station-explosion/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

    Female suicide bomber blows herself up in a Russian train station, killing 16. Probably one of those crazy fundamentalist Russian orthodox Christians.

  • Kangaji
    4:16 pm on December 29th, 2013 10

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/29/drones-us-military

    This sensationalist claims in other articles that she got PTSD as an imagery analyst for the AIR FORCE and was called the “HARBINGER OF DEATH”. OMG. But she can’t claim PTSD because… her missions were classified. Exagerating just enough to not be blamed for stolen valour but still enough to make headlines in the guardians I think. What a douche bag.

  • Dennis McHenney
    6:11 pm on December 29th, 2013 11

    Please [SHARE] this with everyone you know and in your circles:

    Equality with respect to Veteran dioxin exposure presumption for all Veterans. Many are seniors, some are offspring and spouses, and too many have already died or will die younger than they should! Finish the wars we have at home with the DVA! The DVA needs to live up to its published mission statement.

    Dioxins are from Agent Orange / Rainbow – Tactical Herbicides, some PCB’s and insecticides. They were used to defoliate / defend perimeter fence lines around bases and TAC sites, prevent fires, hydraulic fluids, electrical equipment, cleaning fluids and to control insects / pests. Currently many vets are not getting these benefits as many exposed units are not listed for many locations, many countries; poor, destroyed, classified and lost records (per DOD). Also found in soil and well water at many U.S. bases. Dioxin is one cause of many medical conditions. The DVA acts like the DOD said all other units not exposed. In many locations and time frames the DVA assumes that units were not exposed or that the vet served there, when the DOD only fails to find the data that confirms exposure or that service occurred, a low priority for the DOD and due poor, lost, classified and missing decades old records.

    If an effected vet make sure you add your statement in comment area too!

    Will you sign this petition? Click below to review comments and decide:

    http://signon.org/sign/equality-wrt-vet-dioxin

    SIGN, Pass along to others too (family, friends and your email list), post link to group pages like FB every few days, and [SHARE] with everyone!

    http://benefits.va.gov/BENEFITS/factsheets/serviceconnected/presumption.pdf
    = current VA Presumption.pdf and some presumed medical conditions

    http://www.veteranprograms.com/id1071.html <<<< Agent Orange Presumptive Disabilities

    http://www.vva.org/Guides/AgentOrangeGuide.pdf <<< Very good guide

    I am hoping that someone in DC realizes that if this is done they would not have to admit to any specific US or other location being contaminated and also not release any classified data, while still enabling vets their decades overdue and just benefits. They should only then need to prove they are a vet, spouse or offspring and have a recognized medical condition(s) during the decades contamination occurred. Remember that most vets were at several locations between Basic, AIT to discharge time. Overseas duty also meant going through a couple locations and being on some form of military travel that may have been contaminated somewhere.

    I was in D 2/71st 38th ADA HAWK 1971 on defoliated Tac2 Site 34 (about 10 mi from DMZ)(I saw sprayed) and was denied, DVA used my Camp Red Cloud APO as being too far at 20 mi. for “NEAR the DMZ”. In two other appeals the DOD and VA conceded Camp Red Cloud “NEAR the DMZ”?

    http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml contact your elected officials too WITH HEADS UP!
    House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations at 202-225-3569 or Mr. Eric Hannel, Subcommittee Staff Director, at eric.hannel@mail.house.gov
    To Report Suspected Wrongdoing in VA Programs and Operations: Telephone: 1-800-488-8244 vaoighotline@va.gov
    (Hotline Information: http://www.va.gov/oig/contacts/hotline.asp)
    —————————— short post for twitter, 140 character limit ————————-
    http://signon.org/sign/equality-wrt-vet-dioxin

  • Glans
    6:22 am on December 30th, 2013 12

    Who are the most admired man and woman in America? Barack Hussein Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Jeffrey M Jones reports for Gallup.

  • Bob
    7:32 am on December 30th, 2013 13

    you forgot michelle!

  • Glans
    2:25 pm on December 30th, 2013 14

    A man in Brighton MI, who has a concealed carry permit, reached for his wallet but discharged his .40 calibre Glock pistol, slightly injuring his own butt. His wife drove him to the hospital. No charges will be filed, but the police chief said, “We always caution people to be very careful when carrying concealed weapons.” Here’s the story at the Livingston Daily.

    I do not support gun control.
    _______________________

    In 2009 fifty-four percent of Republicans accepted evolution. Now only forty-three percent accept it. This Pew poll also compares evolution acceptance across religion, ethnicity, and education.

    I accept evolution by natural processes such as mutations and natural selection, with the occasional asteroid impact.

  • Denny
    3:48 pm on December 30th, 2013 15

    Afghanistan gains will be lost quickly after drawdown, U.S. intelligence estimate warns

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/afghanistan-gains-will-be-lost-quickly-after-drawdown-us-intelligence-estimate-warns/2013/12/28/ac609f90-6f32-11e3-aecc-85cb037b7236_story.html

  • Bob
    3:56 pm on December 30th, 2013 16

    a glock should ONLY be carried in a holster that covers the trigger completely. When you “reholster” the glock, you must be SURE nothing gets caught between the trigger and the holster or else…KABOOM.
    This is why I carry a 1911. It has a manual safety.

  • Glans
    8:02 pm on December 30th, 2013 17

    What happened at Benghazi on 11 September 2012? Kevin Drum summarizes it thus:

    “At this point, this is what we know. Benghazi was an opportunistic attack. Several groups were involved, all of them essentially local and with nothing but the most tenuous connections to Al Qaeda. These groups had multiple motivations for the attack, and anger over the ‘Innocence of Muslims’ video was one of them. It provided the spark, and within a day or two it had fanned the flames of resentment enough to make an attack feasible. A few hours later, the attack was planned and then carried out.”

    Read more at his blog on Mother Jones.

  • tbonetylr
    8:23 pm on December 30th, 2013 18

    Korea copies Japan must see and pause to read sometimes. In March of 2013 some videos were taken down from Youtube because someone or a group of people complained for some reason. One has now reappeared. :smile:
    Endangered Japan: Book1: A Cultural War
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=5zPhBFEizzA
    I’ve seen something like this before but I will use it and show others in the future if it doesn’t disappear, some of the comments are :lol:

  • johnnyboy
    1:52 am on December 31st, 2013 19

    #17

    Glans,

    Like I said before: If a group of people decides to kill over an insult to their religion, that makes them ignorant a**holes.

    Would you suggest that the gentleman who made that film, not have been allowed to make that film because it offended Muslims? If so, would you then continue to accuse me of hating freedom of speech? Is it a freedom that is extended only when it doesn’t offend someone?

    I understand you are only copying and pasting what others have written, but it would seem that you are presenting it as an excuse for why the mission was attacked. It is no excuse.

  • Glans
    6:43 am on December 31st, 2013 20

    johnnyboy, I’m just trying to understand what happened in Benghazi. Republican talking points, that it was a carefully planned al-Qaeda attack, and that the video had nothing to do with it, are baloney.

    The video was garbage. Killing people over a garbage video, especially killing people who didn’t make the video, is deeply immoral.

    You’re the guy who opposes free speech – you told me to leave the country because I linked to news reports of negligent discharges. I replied that you should move to North Korea.

  • setnaffa
    1:15 pm on December 31st, 2013 21

    The NY Times now claims they had a reporter with the attackers at Benghazi. Kevin Drum is an asshat apologist for terrorists and glans you are guilty of repeatedly facilitating them, too.

    No one brings mortars and lays shells accurately without meticulous planning. So anything else you have to say you should say to Ambassador Stevens’ family.

    The video was not part of the Benghazi attacks. Those were aimed at acquiring weapons the US was collecting and storing. We already know that from White House and other sources.

    So either Obama and Hillary are liars or Kevin Drum and the NY Times are liars. Which way do you want it?

  • Glans
    2:07 pm on December 31st, 2013 22

    Pope Francis had better watch his step. If he criticizes capitalism, capitalists aren’t going to contribute to his charities. One potential donor to the restoration of St Pat’s Cathedral in NY has shared his misgivings with Cardinal Dolan. Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports for CNBC.

  • johnnyboy
    3:36 pm on December 31st, 2013 23

    Glans,
    If you hate that other people have the right to own fire arms, you should leave America. It’s that simple. Notice I didn’t say you had to or that I would make you somehow leave your home. I said you should.
    If I opposed freedom of speech, I would support a politician who would enact or prolong policies that intimidated people from expressing their opinions, views, or beliefs in what should be private conversations, or used extrajudicial powers to bully journalists to the point that the freedom of the press is severely limited on certain subjects that exposed criminality within the government. I would not vote for that politician, Glans. Would you? Did you?
    Me saying you should not say or do something doesn’t limit your ability to say it or do it. So no Glans, I never threatened your freedom of speech. Just because I hate what you have to say, doesn’t mean I hate your freedom of speech. It doesn’t even mean I hate you as a person. I’m sure you’re a swell guy. We just have fundamental differences of opinion. Nothing wrong with that.

  • Bob
    3:48 pm on December 31st, 2013 24

    piss off a liberal. buy a gun today!!!

  • Liz
    4:56 pm on December 31st, 2013 25

    #24: Or just buy a bumper sticker with a gun on it!

  • Denny
    7:53 pm on December 31st, 2013 26

    CNN Poll: Afghanistan war arguably most unpopular in U.S. history

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/12/30/cnn-poll-afghanistan-war-most-unpopular-in-u-s-history/

    Public opposition to the war in Afghanistan has hit a new high and is now well above even opposition to the war in Vietnam, according to a new poll.

    The CNN/Opinion Research poll shows just 17 percent of Americans support the effort, while 82 percent oppose it.

  • Setnaffa
    8:33 pm on December 31st, 2013 27

    #22, maybe the current Pope believe the Bible? See Hebrews 13:5-6, if you care.

    I’m not Roman Catholic. I just think the new guy is pretty interesting compared to a few of his predecessors.

  • Denny
    11:14 pm on December 31st, 2013 28

    Apple accused of working with NSA in iPhone spying program

    http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/leaked-documents-show-nsa-tap-iphones-apple-denies/story?id=21383919

  • ChickenHead
    1:06 am on January 1st, 2014 29

    “Apple accused of working with NSA in iPhone spying program”

    Of course they are.

    The government comes poking around and says…

    Government: “On this table, we have the software we want you to install into your system along with this big bag of money… and maybe some hints about what your Asian competitors are up to that we might have overheard.

    And on this table, we have press releases about how you pay little-to-no tax, IRS audit paperwork all filled out, recordings of board members talking to their mistresses, logs of pr0n websites key employees favor… and a few tidbits of internal corporate information we picked up here an there that those Asian competitors would surely be interested in.

    You got a great company going here and it would be a real shame if something happened to it. Whatdoyasay? Think we could make a great team?”

    Apple: “As a patriotic American company, we strive to cooperate with the government at every chance. Oh, and by the way, you won’t tell anybody about this, will you?”

    Government: “Hey, you can trust us. We are the NSA. Keeping secrets is what we do!”

  • Bob
    8:27 am on January 1st, 2014 30

    Government: “Hey, you can trust us. We are the NSA. Keeping secrets is what we do!”

    har har.. “we are from the gov’t and are here to help” :mrgreen:

  • johnnyboy
    9:47 am on January 1st, 2014 31

    #29

    I wonder what the split is when it comes to companies that are scared that the Snowden leaks came out, and those that are glad that the public knows the government forced them to take part in these activities and remain silent.

    I seem to recall one gentleman that ran an encryption service voluntarily shutting down his company because he didn’t want to play ball. Of course, the government went after him with bogus charges. All of this is really scary if you stop and think about it for just a second.

  • ChickenHead
    10:53 am on January 1st, 2014 32

    Well, at least they aren’t going to hate is for our freedoms much longer.

  • johnnyboy
    11:26 am on January 1st, 2014 33

    #32

    LOL. I always liked that argument that some poor dirt farmer in Pakistan or Afghanistan was bitter about the freedoms in the U.S. It’s conceited of us to think that we crossed their minds that often, before we started saturating their airspace with drones.

  • Bob
    11:42 am on January 1st, 2014 34

    not to worry, the drones will soon be in a neighborhood near you! Remember, the gov’t is here to help. :mrgreen:

  • Glans
    2:17 pm on January 1st, 2014 35

    What did Susan Rice say? On Meet the Press, 16 September 2012, she told David Gregory:

    “Well, let me tell you the best information we have at present.

    First of all, there is an FBI investigation, which is ongoing, and we look to that investigation to give us the definitive word as to what transpired.

    But putting together the best information that we have available to us today, our current assessment is that what happened in Benghazi was, in fact, initially a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired hours before in Cairo—almost a copycat of the demonstrations against our facility in Cairo, which were prompted, of course, by the video.

    What we think then transpired in Benghazi is that opportunistic extremist elements came to the consulate as this was unfolding. They came with heavy weapons, which, unfortunately, are readily available in post-revolutionary Libya, and that escalated into a much more violent episode.

    Obviously, that’s our best judgment now. We’ll await the results of the investigation, and the president has been very clear—we’ll work with the Libyan authorities to bring those responsible to justice.”

    Bob Somerby’s Daily Howler shows how David Kirkpatrick of the NY Times, even as he shot down two elements of the Republican script, misparaphrased Rice to keep another element alive.

    Somerby also links to his previous post on this issue and promises he’ll have more to say tomorrow.

  • johnnyboy
    2:50 pm on January 1st, 2014 36

    One of those things I also said before: Maybe the republicans are exaggerating the story line. Maybe it is a witch hunt. It would be hard for them to make wild accusations if the administration were more forthcoming about the events that unfolded that night and who made what calls that led to the deaths of the 4 men. That is unless, of course, the truth were worse than the accusations.

  • Glans
    4:01 pm on January 1st, 2014 37

    Here’s a treat for Liz: Rev. Guido Sarducci’s slide show on Youtube.

    When I watch an Italian movie, I can’t follow it without English titles. When Father Sarducci speaks, I understand every word. I reckon that means his pronunciation is execrable.

  • Denny
    7:01 pm on January 1st, 2014 38

    NBC’s New Year’s Eve Team Mocks Pearl Harbor Vets with Old Age Joke

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2014/01/01/nbc-new-year-veterans-insult

    NBC ushered in 2014 with a joke aimed at Pearl Harbor veterans supposedly too old to chew solid food.

    The channel’s New Year’s Eve coverage, anchored by Carson Daly, featured a panel of stars including actors Anthony Anderson, Jane Lynch and Natasha Leggero.

    The crew brought up a recent PR blunder by SpaghettiOs which tried to salute Pearl Harbor veterans while promoting its brand and goofy mascot. Daly recapped the situation and turned to his panel for comments.

    CARSON DALY: It wasn’t good. But you were offended for another reason.

    JANE LYNCH: I’m offended because they were referring to SpaghettiOs as pasta.

    NATASHA LEGGERO: I mean, it sucks that the only survivors of Pearl Harbor are being mocked by the only food they can still chew. It’s just sad.

  • Avatar of Leon LaPorteLeon LaPorte
    9:06 pm on January 1st, 2014 39

    Let me see… Carson Daly, Anthony Anderson, Jane Lynch and Natasha Leggero. Nope, never heard of any of them.

  • Denny
    10:09 pm on January 1st, 2014 40

    Global warming scientists ship stuck in Antartica for weeks, need rescue

    http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/abc_whitewash_dont_mention_warmists_are_on_board_the_ice_bound_ship/#.UsSDpmN1zIQ.twitter

    A group of climotologists, promoting global warming theory went in the middle of Antarctic summer on an ice-classed vessel to check melting ice and weather changes and got stranded in 7 feet ice. Multiple attpemps by australian, french and chinese icebreakers to release them from pack ice did not reach any success. Now they hope to be rescued by a helicopter from chinese icebreaker or by heavy polar icebreaker Polar Star which is in about two weeks trip away from them. As result of this global warmist’s cruise 4 icebreakers had to cease their missions and join rescue operation

    One comment by the expedition’s marine ecologist Tracy Rogers, quoted by the BBC:

    “It’s fantastic – I love it when the ice wins and we don’t,” said expedition marine ecologist Tracy Rogers. “It reminds you that as humans, we don’t control everything and that the natural world – it’s the winner here. We’ve got several penguins watching us, thinking ‘what the hell are you doing stuck in our ice?’. The sky is a beautiful grey – it looks like it wants to have a bit of a snow. It’s the perfect Christmas, really.”

    News agencies now try to conceal the purpose of the mission in order not to give bad publicity for global warmists.

  • Glans
    9:50 am on January 2nd, 2014 41

    A guy in Denver was perhaps celebrating the New Year when he inadvertently shot a girl in the hand. Her injury is not life threatening. The police don’t think the guy meant to do it, but they’re treating the incident as aggravated assault. Kirk Mitchell reports for the Denver Post.

    In Port Arthur TX, a guy shot himself in the foot during a New Year celebration. He “was exhibiting signs of intoxication” but the cops didn’t file charges. Read about it at the Beaumont Enterprise.

    A guy celebrating in Jacksonville FL wasn’t so lucky. Playing with a gun, he shot himself in the head, and he’s in serious condition. No charges are pending. First Coast News has text and video.

  • Glans
    9:59 am on January 2nd, 2014 42

    I submitted a comment with three links. Is that too many?

  • Liz
    10:10 am on January 2nd, 2014 43

    #37: Grazie mille Glans! :-)

  • Bob
    10:22 am on January 2nd, 2014 44

    AHH…. the coming of “the new ice age”.
    I kind of remember someone saying that back around 1970 or so and we were also to achieve “zero population growth”

  • johnnyboy
    5:01 pm on January 2nd, 2014 45

    http://www.magpul.com/move

    Magpul Industries announced today that it is relocating its operations to Wyoming and Texas.

    The company is relocating manufacturing, distribution and shipping operations to Cheyenne, Wyoming. Magpul is leasing a 58,000 square foot manufacturing and distribution facility during the construction of a 100,000 square foot build-to-suit facility in the Cheyenne Business Parkway. The Wyoming relocation is being completed with support from Governor Matt Mead, the Wyoming Business Council and Cheyenne LEADS.

    Magpul is moving its corporate headquarters to Texas. Three North Central Texas sites are under final consideration, and the transition to the Texas headquarters will begin as soon as the facility is selected. The Texas relocation is being accomplished with support from Governor Rick Perry and the Texas Economic Development Corporation.

    The company began a nationwide search for a new base of operations after legislation was enacted in Colorado that dramatically limits the sale of firearms accessories – the core of Magpul’s business. Magpul plans on initially transitioning 92% of its current workforce outside of Colorado within 12-16 months and will maintain only limited operations in Colorado.

    “Moving operations to states that support our culture of individual liberties and personal responsibility is important,” says Richard Fitzpatrick, Chief Executive Officer for Magpul Industries. “This relocation will also improve business operations and logistics as we utilize the strengths of Texas and Wyoming in our expansion.”

    I understand that it takes a while to plan a move of this nature, but I was beginning to wonder if Magpul was simply making idle threats in an attempt to sway Colorado legislators. It appears now the threats weren’t idle.

    I hope they offer relocation packages for their current employees who are willing to move.

    As the recall elections have shown, there is a bit of a cultural divide between the urban/suburban areas of Colorado, and the rural areas. This has been emphasized by the issue of fire arms restrictions.

  • Denny
    7:11 pm on January 2nd, 2014 46

    Homeless recruited by yakuza for Fukushima clean-up

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/crime/view/homeless-recruited-by-yakuza-for-fukushima-clean-up

  • Glans
    5:52 am on January 3rd, 2014 47

    With the Winter Olympics a month away, ROK Droppers may want to learn a little about Sochi. Jeremy Lybarger reviews “The Sochi Project” by photographer Ron Hornstra and writer Arnold van Bruggen, at Mother Jones.

    And while you’re visiting Mother Jones, check out Kevin Drum’s Chart of the Day. Fewer people are being sent to prison in the USA. The incarceration rate for young men has fallen sharply.

  • Glans
    11:41 am on January 3rd, 2014 48

    At a Lowe’s in Cheyenne WY a fifty-eight year old woman’s gun fell from its holster. The gun discharged, and a twenty-two year old woman was hit in the arm. The younger woman was taken to the hospital, and the older woman might be charged with an offense. Anthony Keith of KGWN-TV has text and video.

  • ChickenHead
    11:55 am on January 3rd, 2014 49

    The hot new study making the academic rounds says, “These results suggest that restrictive concealed weapons laws may cause an increase in gun-related murders at the state level.”

    http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13504851.2013.854294#.UsWRtbSIqpq

    Until the social problems that produce criminals are solved, more guns equals less crime.

  • Glans
    6:38 pm on January 3rd, 2014 50

    Susan Rice, on Meet the Press 16 September 2012 to discuss the Benghazi attack, clearly said that she was giving a preliminary assessment, based on what was currently known. David Kirkpatrick of the New York Times makes it look like she was making a definitive statement, firmly denying al-Qaeda involvement.

    She said the current assessment was that a demonstration in Benghazi was a spontaneous reaction to the demonstrations in Cairo, which had been inspired by a notorious anti-Islam video, and that opportunistic extremists then went to the Benghazi consulate. Kirkpatrick made it seem like she said that a demonstration in Benghazi had been provoked by the video and had spun out of control.

    Bob Somerby, at his Daily Howler, shows how Kirkpatrick’s incompetent journalism supports Republican spin that Rice was lying to cover up al-Qaeda involvement.

  • Glans
    1:56 pm on January 4th, 2014 51

    Bob Schieffer of CBS distorted Susan Rice’s remarks on Benghazi and misquoted her to Senator John McCain on 16 September 2012. He supported Republican spin, but David Kirkpatrick never mentioned that in his New York Times report that refuted other elements of Republican spin. For example, Rice had specifically left open the possibility that al-Qaeda may have been involved in the attack, and she had said the attackers were extremists. Schieffer said that she had denied that they were al-Qaeda, and that they had been spontaneous demonstrators.
    Rice said, based on preliminary information, it seemed there was a spontaneous demonstration, and then extremists came along. McCain ridiculed the notion of rocket-propelled grenades at a spontaneous demonstration, and Schieffer failed to tell him, that was not what Rice had said.

    Bob Somerby discusses Schieffer at the Daily Howler and laments that liberal pundits and bloggers will never call Schieffer out.

 

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